Lady Tide tames Stone County Tomkittens 8-5
by Carey Meitzler

The Picayune Lady Maroon Tide won their last regular season

home game over Stone County as they came back numerous times

before finally taking an 8-5 win at the Lady Tide softball complex..

Stone scored two runs in the third on two hits, a stolen base, and

a ground out to lead 2-0. But Picayune rallied with two runs in the

bottom half of the inning to tie the game at 2-2.

With one out,Kasey Mitchell beat out a bunt. Mitchell, who pitched

the first five innings for the Lady Tide,  was replaced by courtesy runner

Janea Wills. Wills scored when Courtney Dickens' fielder choice grounder
was thrown into right field by the short stop as she tried to force Wills at

second. Wills was able to score as the ball rolled into the outfield. Dickens

ended up at third on the play and later scored on a double steal when
Allison Bynum walked and stole second drawing a throw at second base

allowing Dickens to score.

Stone scored one in the third to lead 3-2.

Picayune answered with four runs to take the lead. Breonne Spikes

reached on an error was sacrificed to second on a bunt by Sarah Trexler.

Tara Dunn singled to score Spikes. Dunn stole second, moved to third on

Katie Kent's bunt that was mishandled by the Stone pitcher. Dunn scored

two pitches later on a wild pitch.

Kasey Mitchell walked and Dickens drove in Trexler with a groundout to

second base. Kellye Bolar singled to drive in Janea Wills who was running

for Mitchell.

After Stone scored two runs in the top of the fifth on two singles and two

Lady Tide errors to cut the lead to 6-5,  Picayune responded with two runs

in the bottom of the inning. One run came when Wills, running for Cassie

Rabion who reached on an error, scored on Breonne Spikes grounder to

short stop. Spikes scored two batters later on an RBI single to left by Katie Kent.

Kasey Mitchell allowed 4 hits and recorded 2 strikeouts in her outing, gave way

to Katie Hebert who pitched the sixth and seventh innings striking out 5 batters.

Picayune (11-5, 6-3) will travel to Poplarville on Tuesday with the winner

advancing as the number two seed from the division.