Newton County rolls through first playoff round

By ROBBIE ROBERTSON,

The Newton County Lady Cougars started their steamroll to another state championship as they swept their first-round series with Hazelhurst, winning 18-0 and 22-0.

Earlier in the week, County hammered Meridian 20-2 and Northeast Lauderdale 20-10.

Newton County will advance to the second round on Tuesday as they face the winner of Poplarville and Raymond.

County 18, Hazelhurst 0

The Lady Cougars had little trouble with Hazelhurst in the first round as Katelyn Gipson threw the rare slow-pitch no-hitter.

After scoring just two runs in the first inning, County scored 16 runs in the second inning to win in 2 1/2 innings.

County had 13 hits in the contest and took advantage of seven Hazlehurst errors. Gipson also had a good game at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a home run, double, three runs scored and four RBIs. Brittany Thomas was 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles, three runs scored and two RBIs. Shelby Anderson was 2-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored. Lorren Ivey had a home run with two RBIs and two runs scored. Karlye Tolbird had a double and drove in two runs while Jada McDougle had a double and drove in four runs.

County 22, Hazelhurst 0

The Lady Cougars again used a big inning, this time scoring 13 runs in the third inning to take a three-inning, run-rule win.

County scored three in the first and six in the second before exploding in the third.

County had 22 hits in the game as Lorren Ivey was 3-for-3 with a home run, two doubles, three runs scored and six RBIs. Karlye Tolbird and Landree Amis were also 3-for-3. Katelyn Gipson was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs while Shelby Anderson was 2-for-3 with three runs scored. Brittany Thomas had a double, walked twice and scored three runs while Lanie Phillips scored two runs, and Bailey Skipper had a double and drove in two runs.

County 20, Meridian 2

The Lady Cougars scored early and often as they hammered homestanding Meridian in a four-inning, run-rule game.

County scored three in the first, four in the second, seven in the third and six in the fourth.

The Lady Cougars had 18 hits in the contest, including nine home runs. Brittany Thomas led the way as she was 3-for-4 with three home runs, four runs scored and five RBIs. Jada McDougle was 3-for-3 with two home runs, three runs scored and four RBIs while Shelby Anderson was 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBIs. Lorren Ivey was 2-for-3 with a home run while Katelyn Gipson was 2-for-4 with a home run, four runs scored and two RBIs. Jessie Thaggard was also 2-for-3 while Landree Amis had a double.

County 20, NE Lauderdale 10

Trailing 10-4, Newton County scored nine runs in the fourth inning and went on to take a six-inning, run-rule win.

County had 17 hits in the contest as Katelyn Gipson led the way, going 3-for-3 with two home runs, including a grand slam as she scored two runs and had six RBIs. Brittany Thomas was 2-for-4 with a home run, three runs scored and three RBIs. Lorren Ivey was 2-for-3 with a triple, two runs scored and three RBIs while Lizzy Hollingsworth was 2-for-5 with two runs scored and a double.

Jessie Thaggard, Landree Amis and Shelby Anderson each had two hits apiece while Jada McDougle scored three runs and Lanie Phillips and Karlye Tolbird each had two hits apiece.