Pitching, defense and timely hitting: Southside made use of the age-old formula for winning softball in a 3-0 win against Greenwood to open 7A/6A-Central play on Tuesday.
"We were pretty solid, especially for coming back from being off for spring break," Southside coach Cassy Story said. "I would have liked us to come out with a little more intensity, but we made the plays when we had to."
Freshman pitcher Andee Tiffee was back in dominating form after giving up some runs in the Farmington Tournament just before spring break. Tiffee threw a three-hit shutout and struck out nine batters with no walks.
"Andee pitched a lot of innings in the tournament and she got a little tired," Story said. "She took it easy and rested over spring break and she came back strong today."
Tiffee also slammed her first career home run in the seventh inning to tack an insurance run on a 2-0 lead the Lady Rebels (6-2, 1-0) held since the top of the first.
Southside scored first as senior Kylie Ballard reached on a single and hustled around to score on a single by Tiffee on a Greenwood throwing error to third base. Tiffee scored to put Southside up 2-0 as Ciara Sweeney rocked a line drive to the fence for a double.
Paige Mendoza also had two hits, including a double for Southside.
Greenwood (3-6, 0-2) settled in to play a solid game after the shaky first inning. Starting pitcher Victoria Taylor gave up only three hits after the first frame.
"We played pretty well after that first inning," Greenwood coach Ronnie Sockey said. "Victoria didn’t have her best stuff, but she battled. We have something to build on."
High School Softball
Southside 3, Greenwood 0
Southside 200 000 1 — 3 6 0
Greenwood 000 000 0 — 0 3 1
Taylor and Pate; Tiffee and Sweeney. W — Tiffee, 6-1. L — Taylor. HR — Southside, Tiffee (1).