RIDGELAND – Choctaw Central intentionally walked Mooreville standout Hallie Donald all four times she came to bat Friday, so the rest of the Lady Troopers stepped up to fill the offensive void.
Mooreville had no shortage of offense as it swept to a Game 2 victory of 7-0 at the 3A MHSAA State Tournament. The Lady Troopers became back-to-back state champions with the win.
“To get down here and do it back-to-back says a lot about these kids,” Mooreville coach Perry Wilburn said. “This group has played for four state championships with slow and fast combined. It’s a hard place to get to, hats off to the kids.”
Mooreville (29-3) had a trio of Summer Cryder, Abby McDonald and Kara Hays fill the hitting role.
Cryder had a double to spark a four-run inning in the third and hit an RBI single in her last high school at-bat.
McDonald had two RBIs off two singles, one coming in the big third inning.
Hays had two singles in the game as well and brought home the first two runs in the second inning.
While Donald did not get to swing a bat in the deciding Game 2, she did her damage in the circle. She pitched another complete game, this time not allowing a run and only two hits. She struck out five.
“My curveball was working really well; I kept it away from them,” Donald said. “All of our stats on Choctaw said to keep it away from them. That’s what got us through that game.”
In the top of the second inning, Choctaw Central’s Leia Philips hit a home run over the center field wall. As she came home, with her team celebrating at the plate, she was touched by a teammate before she completed a full run around the bases.
She was called out, and the run was taken off the scoreboard.
Choctaw Central (19-9) did not have a runner get to second base.