Lady Chargers advance with late rally

By CHUCK HATHCOCK
Sports Editor

Sometimes heart can do more for you than athletic ability.
The Grenada Lady Chargers weren’t given much of a chance in their opening round Class 5A Playoff series against unbeaten Lewisburg.
They proved everyone wrong and in dramatic fashion.
GHS used a two-run bottom of the sixth in the opening game to win a 2-1 decision. Game 2 saw GHS trailing 2-0 and 3-2. That’s when the Lady Chargers scored three runs in the top of the seventh and held on for a 5-4 win to sweep the best-of-three series.
The Lady Chargers improve to 20-4 on the season. They advance to the second round beginning Friday. They host five-time defending state champion Neshoba Central.
“What can you say,” Coach Leslie Lancaster said. “Our girls battled their rears off in both games. We got behind and never quit. This team showed a lot of heart against one of the top teams in the state.”
Grenada was able to keep one of the better offensive teams in check. They limited the Lady Patriots to six runs in two games. Lewisburg had a total of 14 hits in the two games.
“I thought we did a good job of slowing down their offensive game,” Lancaster said. “They like to play the short game and we defended that well. Defensively, we played very well in the two games.”
Grenada fell behind early 2-0 when Lewisburg scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning.
Anna Kate Gregg singled to open the inning. Maddie Brower followed with a triple to score Gregg. She scored on Jaylnn Taylor’s one-out sacrifice fly.
The Lady Chargers pulled within 2-1 scoring in the third inning.
Anna Kuhn started the frame with a single. Presley Rice moved her to second on a bunt.
Brooke Little’s ground ball moved to Kuhn to third. She would score on a single from Leah Kinard.