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Indians beat rain, Jackets in the process

March 8, 2012

Emily Robinson throws a pitch for Ackerman against Starkville Thursday night. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)

The Ackerman High School softball team wanted to beat the rain Thursday night.

It helps when there's only a three-inning game to complete.

The Indians beat the Starkville Yellowjackets 20-0 in three innings just before the winds and rain set in at the Starkville softball field.

Ackerman sent sophomore Emily Robinson to the mound to start the game. She faced six batters and struck out five of them.

"Her command and location was really good (Thursday)," Ackerman head coach Mike Brown said. "(She) kept the ball down, a lot better than normal and got ahead of hitters, which is very important. We have stressed being 0-1 on every hitter we can and that happened a lot more (Thursday night) than it has in the past, so maybe we are turning the corner. She did a good job."

Robinson did not know what to expect when she enter the circle Thursday, but she was determined to give her all and it sure worked out for her.

"I had a pretty good game, but I have a great catcher to back me up," Robinson said. "I tried my hardest and it was pretty good."

The Indians scored two runs in the first inning and then used a six-run second inning and a 12-run third inning to ensure a victory.

"We hit the ball hard and kept it on the ground," Brown said. "Our philosophy is if we can hit the ball hard and down in high school softball, good things happen. That's what our girls did. They stayed back and waited on pitches and did a good job."

The Yellowjackets had several chances to get out of those two innings, but could not find an out. SHS head coach Wendy Jolly admits that her team is young, but she is not going to use that as an excuse.

"We had a lot of errors on defense," Jolly said. "They hit the ball and we didn't. We just have to get out there and work harder."

Ackerman's Sarah Moss did not start the game, but found herself with a pinch-hitting opportunity in the top of the third inning.

With two runners on, Moss hit a fly ball down the left field line, it scored both runs and she slid into third base safely.

"No I didn't," Moss said of if she was thinking she could get a triple coming out of the batter's box. "I was actually surprised because I thought I was going to be late swinging the way the ball looked. I didn't know."

Moss has been battling an injury, but Brown decided to give her a shot because she needs the experience and he has confidence in her.

"She has been injured and had a little shoulder problem recently," Brown said. "We are trying to get her back in the lineup as best we can. Been using her as a courtesy runner and so forth because of her speed. Needed to get some at-bats and she came through for us just like she did last year."

SHS drops to 0-2-1 for the season. The Jackets are back in action today, weather permitting, when they play host to Meridian. The junior varsity is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. with the varsity to follow at 6 p.m.
Karina Brown, Dana Presley, Allison Cooper and Mackenzi Toombs each had two hits a piece for the Indians.

The Indians improve to 4-2 for the year and travel to Louisville today, weather permitting.
Ackerman won the junior varsity game against Starkville 4-0 in two innings.

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