n Tupelo takes 7-0 advantage before visitors get in gear.

BY GENE PHELPS

Daily Journal

TUPELO - There was no panic in Mooreville's dugout when Tupelo raced to a 7-0 lead in the second inning of Monday's slow-pitch softball showdown.

"I feel like we can score four or five runs an inning," Lady Troopers coach Rex Berryman said. "We hit the ball really well. I wasn't worried."

Mooreville backed up its coach's faith.

The Lady Troopers scored three runs in the third and added five in the fourth to tie the Lady Wave at 7-7.

Rachel Tally's two-run single in the fifth and Ann Howell's three-run inside-the-park home run in the seventh help Mooreville exit with a 13-8 comeback victory.

Tupelo coach Michael Gable certainly didn't think his team's early lead was enough.

"Mooreville, with the talent they've got and the experience they've got, you expect them to come through and get big hits," he said. "We've got to find a way to score every inning."

The Lady Wave pounded out nine hits in its seven-run second inning. The key blows were LaDaysha Smith's two-run double and Anna Wesleigh Riggs' two-run single.

Tupelo scored its other run in the fourth when Ashley Case reached base and scored on two Mooreville errors.

"I was disappointed in our defense," Berryman said. "It was the simple plays we normally make. I thought our pitcher (Lindsay Davis) did a good job. She really fought back."

Morgan Leslie's two-run single was a key in Mooreville's three-run third.

In the fourth, catcher Sarah Smith ripped a three-run triple off the wall in right field to highlight the Lady Troopers' five-run fourth inning.

"Sarah Smith is an awesome, self-made athlete," Berryman said.

Mooreville (20-7) and Tupelo (13-12) have clinched berths in the state playoffs, which are scheduled to begin the second week in October.

"This is a good way to finish the regular season, playing against teams who can play," Berryman said. "We've set up two tough games with Tupelo. We've got our rival, Mantachie, next. We've got a tough division game against Houston.

"This is a chance to get ready for the playoffs."

Tupelo plays at Mooreville Oct. 4 in its final regular season game.

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