Tupelo holds off Asher in battle of Class B powers

Apr. 11—ASHER — The Asher High School softball team nearly pulled off a seventh-inning comeback before falling just short in a 9-8 loss to Tupelo in a matchup between two of the top local slow-pitch softball teams in the state.

The Lady Tigers, ranked No. 4, improved to 17-9 on the year, while No. 5 Asher dipped to 23-5.

Coach Dustin Romines' THS squad is now headed to compete in the Caney Lady Cougar Classic and will meet Hartshorne at 2:40 p.m. today in a first-round matchup. Coach Tari Dubler's AHS club is headed to the Moss Festival on Friday and will tangle with the host Lady Pirates and New Lima.

Tupelo 9, Asher 8

The Lady Indians faced an 8-1 deficit before making things interesting late in the game. They scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning before attempting a comeback bid in their final at-bat.

The two-out uprising began with back-to-back doubles by Mackenzie Thompson and Cadence Leba that produced the first Asher run of the innings and got the hosts within 9-7.

A base hit by Magi Melton put runners at the corners before Payton Leba cracked a double that plated Cadence Leba and made it 9-8.

However, the Lady Indians stranded runners at second and third to end the game.

Both teams had chances to score plenty of runs. Tupelo stranded 12 total runners and Asher left seven on base.

Tupelo piled up 15 hits, led by Maci Gaylor who went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBIs and two runs scored. Ava Sliger bashed a three-run homer in the top of the first inning and then was intentionally walked three times.

Jaycee Stringer went 2-for-5 with a triple and three runs scored from the top of the Tupelo lineup and Raylee Jones finished 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Lainee Wafford went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored for the visitors and Jade Ellis also contributed two hits for the Lady Tigers.

Melton and Payton Leba led a 12-hit Asher offense with three hits each. Melton finished 3-for-4 with a double, three RBIs and two runs scored and Payton Leba went 3-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored. Cadence Leba ended up 1-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored for the home team.