Henry throws a perfect game as Lady Rockets advance

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By STEVE SWOGETINSKY

Lanayah Henry pitched a perfect game and allowed just one hit in Game 2 as the Neshoba Central Lady Rockets rolled down Cormorant Lake in the second round of the Class 5A State Fastpitch Tournament for girls last weekend.

Neshoba Central won both matches in three sets. They beat Lake Cormorant 12-0 in Game 1 and 19-1 in Game 2. The Lady Rockets have improved to 25-2 overall and will face Saltillo in the next round this weekend. The Lady Tigers advanced by defeating Cleveland Central in their second-round series.

“We had a good weekend,” coach Zach Sanders said. “Our pitcher threw well. She had a perfect game and then allowed a hit the following night. We hit the ball well. We faced some good teams at the end of the season and that helped us prepare.

Sanders added that the Lady Rockets would have their hands full against Saltillo. Last year, the Lady Rockets swept Saltillo in the North State Finals.

“I think they’re 23-2,” Sanders said. “They have a good pitcher. They have everyone except one returning from last year. Saltillo is one of the best teams in 5A.

The first game of the series will be played in Saltillo on Friday. Game 2 kicks off at 2 p.m. Saturday. The third game, if necessary, will be played Monday in Saltillo.

The winner of this series will advance to the North State final against the winner between Vicksburg and New Hope. The Lady Rockets are seeking their ninth straight state championship in fast softball and their 11th in school history.

Lady Rockets 12

Cormorant Lake 0

Henry struck out eight batters in four innings to set the pace for the Lady Rockets.

Neshoba Central scored four goals in the first, two in the second and six in the third.

The Lady Rockets hammered six hits. Sa’Nya Jackson hit a triple and a single. She scored three runs and had two RBIs. Tenly Grisham scored a brace, scored three runs and hit another. Mauhree Jones and Hama’ya Fielder both singled, scored a run and batted in another run. Charmayne Morris scored two runs and hit a single.

Lady Rockets 19

Cormorant Lake 1

The Lady Rockets scored 12 runs in the third inning to seal the deal in Game 2.

The Lady Rockets scored four goals in the first inning and three in the second. Lake Cormorant scored their run in the second run.

Henry finished with four strikeouts in two innings of work. Jones pitched an inning and had two strikeouts.

Henry helped his cause by hitting a home run and a single. Jones hit a home run. Fielder hit two doubles and scored three runs. Morris hit a triple.

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