Some people say there are no moral victories in sports, but Starkville softball coach Wendy Jolly does not believe that.
The Lady Yellowjackets fell to division foe New Hope Thursday night at the Starkville softball field 13-4.
"It was a great game for us even though we were on the losing side," Jolly said.
The Lady Jackets sent senior Shelby Knox to the circle and she kept them in the ballgame.
The Lady Trojans jumped out to an early 5-0 lead after the first inning. They added two more in the top of the second.
"She always come out and gives us a solid performance," Jolly said. "She is out there fighting and always gives it her all every game. The defense backed her up (Thursday)."
SHS got on the scoreboard when D'Kyia Robinson singled with two outs in the bottom of the second. She crossed the plate on a triple by Joeitta Buchanan.
"It is something we have been working on the last few days really hard," Jolly said of her offense. "The girls came around and they hit the ball. I am proud of them as a team."
The Lady Trojans added one more run in the sixth inning to make it 8-1. The Lady Jackets fought back and scored two runs on their own.
Shanele Johnson reached on a fielder's choice and Nicole Hackett reached on a walk. Sasha Shurden took advantage of runners on and belted a triple in the left field gap to plate Johnson and Hackett.
"She has got a hold of a couple, but it was good timing and a great time to get a hold of one," Jolly said. "We definitely needed those two runs."
The Lady Jackets only trailed 8-3 headed to the last frame.
New Hope exploded for five runs in the seventh to put it away. Starkville mustered a run in the bottom of the inning.
Iyana Clark had three hits and Robinson had two hits for the Lady Jackets.
Starkville will be back in action Tuesday when they host Neshoba Central in another division game. Junior varsity is scheduled for 5 p.m. with varsity to follow at 6 p.m.