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 May 6, 2013

BOONEVILLE, Miss. –  Northeast Mississippi Community College’s softball team and the rest of the North Division found rough waters in the opening round of the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) State Softball Tournament in Perkinston on Sunday, May 5.

Northeast dropped a 9-0 decision to the South’s top seed and tournament host Mississippi Gulf Coast while the South Division captured the three other opening round games as well.

Jones County Junior College knocked off Holmes 7-1; Pearl River dropped Itawamba 15-0 while East Central took a 6-3 decision over East Mississippi to make it an all South Division state tournament on Monday, May 6.

In the opening-day nightcap, Mississippi Gulf Coast jumped out early with a five runs in its first two at bats as the Lady Bulldogs rallied on a Emily Davis two batters into the game that scored Lea Kittrel and Taylor Norris added a two-out single to right field that tallied winning pitcher Reina Baluja and a wild pitch made it a three-run cushion.

Northeast would not go away silently.

After placing two runners on in the first inning after a Haleigh Moffet single to left, Northeast put another runner in scoring position in the second as Victoria White came through with a two-out double to left on the ninth pitch of the at bat.

White made Baluja work in the circle. After falling behind 1-2 to the Lady Bulldog ace, White fouled off three pitches and went to a full count before lacing her double into left.

Mississippi Gulf Coast made it a 5-0 game in the second with back-to-back singles by Kittrel and Davis.

Kittrell tallied Shalaria Pickens who had reached on an error earlier in the frame and Davis traded places with Kittrel for the Lady Bulldogs fifth run of the game.

After getting runners on in both the third and fourth, Northeast watched as the South’s top seed tallied four in the fourth to put the game out of reach.

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