Lady Tigers rebound with victory over Pontotoc

NETTLETON – Nettleton bounced back in a big way from its uncharacteristic 0-2 start to the season, piling up 10 hits in a 6-0 shutout of Pontotoc on Tuesday night.

Melissa Meador/Monroe Journal Nettleton's Chelsea Tucker slides in to second base on Tuesday night against Pontotoc.

Melissa Meador/Monroe Journal
Nettleton’s Chelsea Tucker slides in to second base on Tuesday night against Pontotoc.

“We needed to rebound from Saturday. We didn’t come out ready to play on Saturday for some reason, but the girls pulled it together today,” Nettleton coach Dana Rhea said. “We had a couple of good innings there where we had some opportunities but just couldn’t get the big hits until late in the game.”
The Lady Tigers threatened in the first against Pontotoc starter Katlyn Alexander with a double from Molly Bramlett and singles from Kaleigh Tackett and Anna Kent before Alexander worked out of the jam.
Nettleton pushed across its first run of the game in the bottom of the fourth when Taylor Smith led off with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly from Chelsea Tucker. They piled on another three runs in the fifth as Bramlett singled, Tackett walked and both came home on a two-run single from Kent. Smith sent Kent home with an RBI single of her own.
In the sixth, Bramlett hit a two-out double, and Lauren Baldwyn knocked her in with a triple. A two-base error from Pontotoc put Tackett on base and sent home another Nettleton run.
Bramlett led the way for Nettleton, going 3 for 4, while Kent and Smith finished with a pair of hits.
“I’m super proud of these girls. They battled back from a tough day on Saturday, and that’s what you have to do,” Rhea said. “Tonight was a big night. Pontotoc is a really good team with a really good pitcher, and we’re tickled to death to come out with a win tonight.”
Junior MariAnna Young picked up the win for Nettleton, allowing three Pontotoc hits, walking three and striking out three, while the Lady Tigers’ defense turned two double plays behind her.
“We practice for three weeks leading up to the season, and you have to be able to play defense and throw strikes,” Rhea said. “We spent a lot of time on that in practice. I hope we can continue to play good defense.”