Lady Eagles sweep Bernie in doubleheader
BERNIE -- Highly-touted NMCC pitcher Heather Robey opened the 2002 season with a bang Wednesday, throwing a perfect game at Bernie. In five innings of work she took down 13 batters via strikeout, leading the Lady Eagles to an 18-0 win in the second half of a doubleheader.
"Heather is going to be Heather," said NMCC coach Steve Rogers. "She's one of the premier pitchers around, and she showed it today. It was a little cool in the second game, but she took care of business and we got some offense going."
NMCC plated five runs in the first inning and never looked back, scoring the 18 runs on seven hits. Jenni Glenn led the way with two hits, followed by Autumn Walker, Morgan Hodges, Christine Jones, Abby Sexton and Ashley Wrather with one hit each.
"(Bernie) is young, they only have one senior," said Rogers. "We're just glad to get the games in. The girls played well. We've only been outside twice and I was a little concerned, because all we've been hitting off was a pitching machine. We had two good pitching performances and all 17 girls got to play. It was a good way to get started."
NMCC won the first game 9-1. Freshman Karrah Tanner picked up the win, allowing the one run on two hits and three walks. Lauren Daniels led the Lady Eagles at the plate with three hits. Christine Jones, Renita Hamilton, Ashley Brittain and Ashley Gantner each contributed one hit.
NMCC's game against Portageville scheduled for today has been canceled. The Lady Eagles will be back in action next Thursday at North Pemiscot at 3 p.m.
ORAN -- With the score tied at 5-5, Delta's season opener against Oran was called after five innings due to darkness on Wednesday. The game was originally scheduled to be played at Delta, but was moved because of poor field conditions.
"That was the first time we've even been on a field," said Delta coach Laura Brown. "With our ground being so saturated, we've practiced in a gym for three weeks. It went about like I expected."
Rebecca Cook pitched the first five innings for the Lady Bobcats, recording four strikeouts. Sarah Cook threw the final two frames, striking out three. The two allowed a combined total of seven hits.
"I think we're going to have a pretty good team," said Brown. "We've got the same team we had in the fall plus four more. I think we're going to be fine, we just need more time on the field."
Teresa Hodges pitched for Oran, allowing five hits. Delta (0-0-1) will host Egyptian (Ill.) on Monday.