High School Sports

Biloxi makes statement with first-round sweep, Holley spins no-hitter

SUBMITTED 
 Olivia Holley threw a no-hitter on Friday.
SUBMITTED Olivia Holley threw a no-hitter on Friday.

BILOXI - Terry may have scored first in both ends of Friday's Class 6A first round doubleheader, but the Lady Indians scored last - and in bunches.

The visiting Terry Bulldogs stuck around for much of the first game until a four-run fifth inning lifted Biloxi to a 5-1 win, marking the program's first playoff victory since 2011.

The Lady Indians weren't so hospitable in Game 2. For the second game in a row, the Lady Bulldogs scored a single run in the first. This time, BHS plated five runs in the bottom half of the first and another four in the second inning to cruise to a 13-1 victory in five innings.

"It's something to be proud of," first-year coach Bruce Thornton said. "Whatever we do from here, if it's not a first for Biloxi, it certainly hasn't happened in a long, long time."

Although Biloxi (14-6-1) scored 18 runs in the two games it was pitcher Olivia Holley who really set the tone with her first career no-hitter. Outside of two errors that resulted in an unearned run and a hit batter in the first inning, the BHS senior was perfect with eight strikeouts.

"My defense did really good. I just felt on tonight," she said. "I'm glad it's the playoffs and that we're moving on to the next round."

Holley retired the final 19 batters in succession but didn't realize she had a no-hitter until after the game.

"I didn't know until Coach came over and shook my hand," she said. "I wasn't thinking about it. I was just thinking about winning the game."

A sacrifice fly by Carlie Vice in the first inning tied the game. BHS then blew the game open in the fifth. The Lady Indians scored two runs on an error by the Terry center fielder and then tacked on two more runs with Sydney Cannette's triple and Lydia Harrington's sacrifice fly.

Game 2

Biloxi got more great pitching in game two as starter Christine Marsland struck out 12 against three walks, four hits and one earned run.

Unlike in the first game, the Lady Indians offense got going from the get go.

Holley drew a bases-loaded walk to jump-start a five-run first. Taylor White hit a three-run triple into the left field corner and a Stephanie Scott groundout scored the fifth run.

The onslaught continued in the second inning with a two-run triple by Vice, a sacrifice fly by Holley and a run-scoring error.

Elizabeth Polk slugged a three-run triple in the fourth and Marsland hit a sacrifice fly to score Polk to round out the scoring.

"We got great contributions from our nine-hole hitters," Thornton said. "Zoe Griffin got the double earlier in the game and Polk got the big bases-loaded triple in the second game. The bottom of our order stepped in and really helped us out."

Next up

Biloxi now advances to face Oak Grove (15-3), which earned a bye for winning Region 5-6A.

The series is a rematch from the first round of the 2015 playoffs, when Oak Grove swept the Lady Indians.

"Oak Grove is a great team and a 6A power that I ran across a few times while I was at George County," Thornton said. "They do a great job and have a tremendous team again.

"We'll have our hands full if we're going to advance to the next round."

The series will open at Biloxi on Tuesday.

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