Nettleton hands Noles only loss of tournament

SMITHVILLE – The Smithville Seminoles got back on the winning side of things this week, hosting their own tournament and being dealt their only loss of the week by Nettleton.
“Going 3-1 in our tournament is big going into division play, and it’s good for us to get back to a winning record. It’s a good confidence booster for our kids,” Smithville coach Steve Kerr said.

Melissa Meador/Monroe Journal Smithville's Kyle Noe slides into second base, as Nettleton's John Austin Taylor throws over to first.

Melissa Meador/Monroe Journal
Smithville’s Kyle Noe slides into second base, as Nettleton’s John Austin Taylor throws over to first.

In the opening game of the Smithville Tournament on Thursday, Nettleton rode a four-run second inning, which included three straight  Smithville errors, to clinch a 6-2 win.
Hayden Guin led off the inning with a single and scored on Jordan Smith’s triple. A single from John Austin Taylor brought Smith home, and two runs also scored when Tanner Crawley and Ben Rogers each reached on an error.
Smithville fought back for a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning with RBI doubles from Cole Williams and Neil Knight, but would leave runners on base in the next three innings in the time-limit game.
Nettleton added two more runs in the fourth, one on a Smithville error to plate Crawley and another on a triple from Guin.
Guin grabbed the win for Nettleton, going all five innings, allowing four hits, three walks and striking out four.
The loss would be the only one of the week for the Seminoles (8-6), who beat Red Bay in the afternoon game on Thursday and a pair of wins on Saturday over Berry and Sulligent.
“We’ve been hitting the ball well this week, and that’s one of the things that we’ve been waiting to happen. We’ve cut down on our mistakes in the field, and our pitching has been pretty decent,” Kerr said. “It’s getting warmer so the bats are going to start getting hotter. We’re just trying to get ready for division play.”
The Seminoles open division play on Tuesday at home against Houlka and host Tremont on Friday.
“We still need to improve our hitting, and we made a few mistakes that have cost us runs,” Kerr said. “That’s the key. If we can keep the errors down and make those plays we’re supposed to make, then I think we’ll be fine. We need to not let one error become three and four errors.”