Mantachie coach and her ace

Mantachie head coach Kristi Montgomery talks with pitcher Lynsey Barber.

RIDGELAND – Softball can be a cruel sport sometimes and that was the case Wednesday for young Mantachie pitcher Lynsey Barber.

Barber gave up two hits and zero earned runs against Taylorsville, but still came away with the loss as the Lady Tartars scored their only run on an error to win 1-0 in Game 1 of the MHSAA Class 2A State Tournament.

“It’s tough to pitch a great game and get a loss over an error,” Mantachie head coach Kristi Montgomery said.

Barber, an eighth-grader, pitched the complete game and kept Taylorsville (22-7) off-balance the entirety. She recorded 11 strikeouts and had a no-hitter broken up by a Taylorsville ground-rule double in the sixth inning.

Taylorsville’s next at-bat resulted in a Mantachie error in the outfield that brought the game-winning run home.

Hannah Sparks and McKinley Montgomery had the only two hits – both singles – for Mantachie (27-3). Sparks was the only Lady Mustang to advance into scoring position.

Taylorsville, the defending state champion, got a solid effort from junior pitcher Lauren Stringer, who recorded 14 strikeouts.

“I didn’t think either team hit the ball very well,” Montgomery said. “It was a boring game offensively, defensively both teams were pretty similar. It’ll come down to who can hit the ball.”

Game 2 will be played at 6:30 p.m. today.

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