Dyer County celebrates senior night with Reasons' two-hitter

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Above, Dyer County High School honored the senior members of the Lady Choctaw softball team on Monday with its Senior Night ceremony. Members of the team honored were (from left) assistant coach Rob Phillips, Laura Beth Enochs, assistant coach Beth Ann Pope, Athena Bock, head coach Shanna O’Bright and Ragan Coleman.
State Gazette photos/Jason Peevyhouse



On a night when the Lady Choctaws honored its trio of seniors, sophomore pitcher Payton Reasons stole the headline, limiting Kennett to one unearned run on two hits while striking out a dozen batters and adding a solo homerun herself at the plate as Dyer County won its Senior Night contest 6-1 over the visiting Lady Indians.

Lady Choctaw Payton Reasons (second from left) is greeted by a trio of teammates following her fourth-inning solo homerun.

“She had an amazing night on the mound,” Dyer County head coach Shanna O’Bright said of Reasons’ performance. “She had 12 strikeouts and a homerun herself.

“She came to play tonight.”

After a trio of Kennett strikeouts in the top of the first, the Lady Choctaws got on the board in the bottom of the inning with a two-run Madison Garner double to put Dyer County up 2-0 after one inning.

The Lady Choctaws added another run in the bottom of the fourth as Reasons helped her own cause with a solo homerun to center to lead off the inning and push Dyer County’s lead to 3-0 after four innings.

Reasons carried a perfect game into the top of the fifth with two outs before giving up a single then a hit batter before an error allowed the only Lady Indian run of the game to cut Dyer County’s lead to 3-1.

The Lady Choctaws answered in the bottom of the fifth with a run-scoring base hit by Laura Beth Enochs to put Dyer County’s lead to 4-1.

The Lady Choctaws tacked on two more in the sixth, getting a double steal where Zoie Springer scored on a steal of home then an RBI double by Ragan Coleman to push the lead to 6-1 going into the final frame.

Reasons then worked around a leadoff single with a pair of strikeouts before getting a popup to end the game and secure the win.

“It took us a while to adjust to their pitcher – swinging at some balls that were not strikes,” O’Bright said. “But, we settled down towards the end and were able to put some runs across.

“It’s a good win. We’ll take it.”

Runs, early or late, are something the Choctaw offense needs, according to O’Bright.

“We’ll take as many runs as we can get,” the Lady Choctaw head coach said. “I want our offense to never settle.

“It doesn’t matter first inning or seventh inning. I want us to get base runners on then move them and score them any time during the game.”

Springer went 3-for-4 with three singles to lead the way for the Lady Choctaws at the plate while Coleman added a pair of doubles.

Dyer County 5, Gibson County 1

The Lady Choctaws bounced back from their opening-game loss earlier in the evening at the Maddie Memorial Tournament in Martin, defeating the Lady Pioneers to move their mark in the event to 1-1.

Dyer County took the lead in the top of the second, getting Madison Garner aboard with an error as Hailey Sipes singled her in to put the Lady Choctaws on the board. Two batters later, Payton Reasons came up with an RBI single to give the Lady Choctaws a 2-0 lead after an inning and a half.

The Lady Choctaws tacked on another run in the top of the third with an RBI double by Ragan Coleman to push their lead to 3-0.

Dyer County pushed its lead to five runs the following inning with a bases-loaded walk drawn by Athena Bock then Brooklyn King scored on a passed ball to take a 5-0 lead heading into the final half inning.

Though Gibson County tacked on a run with two out in the bottom of the fourth, the Lady Choctaws closed out the game to secure the win.

Laura Beth Enochs, Reasons and Emily Edgin led the way for the Lady Choctaws at the plate, each getting a pair of singles.

Reasons picked up the complete-game win, striking out five while allowing one run on three hits.

South Fulton 4, Dyer County 0

A three-run first inning put the Lady Choctaws behind the eight ball as Dyer County fell to the Lady Red Devils, despite outhitting South Fulton.

The Lady Red Devils picked up their runs in the bottom of the first with a hit and an error to take a 3-0 lead after one inning.

The Lady Choctaws put a couple runners on in the top of the third, getting Zoie Springer aboard with a walk then Bock singled. But, Dyer County was unable to cash in as South Fulton ended the frame with a strikeout and a flyout.

South Fulton tacked on another run in the bottom of the third to take 4-0 lead after three innings.

The Lady Choctaws threatened to break on the board in the fourth, getting a leadoff single from Sipes then Enochs reached on an error and Reasons singled to load the bases. But, the Lady Red Devils buckled down, striking out two of the next three batters and getting a groundout to escape with their four-run lead in tact on the way to the victory.

Bock had two singles to lead the way at the plate for Dyer County.

Reasons took the loss, allowing four runs (two earned) on three hits while striking out five.

Dyer County returns to action when the Lady Choctaws travel to Munford on Thursday for District 13AAA action beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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