By Brandon Speck/Monroe Journal
NETTLETON – Nettleton opened the game with a single, double and a triple and the defending North 3A champion improved to 13-0 with a 10-2 win against Booneville on Monday.
“Any way you shape it up, I’m proud we won,” said Nettleton coach Dana Rhea. “But we’re making mistakes we shouldn’t be making. … I think it’s because we started so well and we’re kind of lulling along right now. We’ll come out of it.”
Nettleton scored three in the the first. Jabria Pounds’ triple scored Makenzie Hawkins and Lauren Baldwyn. Kaleigh Tackett added a sac fly.
In the third, Hawkins homered and Pounds reached on one of two Booneville errors and scored after a rundown on Anna Kent’s single. After Korie Beth Leach walked to load the bases, Molly Bramlett reached on a fielder’s choice and an error as two runs scored for a 7-0 lead.
Nettleton had the bases loaded in the fourth but managed only a pair of runs on Baldwyn’s fielder’s choice and Pounds’ RBI single.
“You get runners in scoring position, you’ve got to get hits, not groundouts,” Rhea said. “These kids have been doing this for the last five or six years and they’ll pull out.”
Booneville (11-11) scored on Tiara Walker’s fourth-inning single after Bre Agnew doubled.
Nettleton added a run in the fifth on Chelsea Tucker’s sac fly. Booneville scored in the sixth on a fielder’s choice from Bre Agnew to score Karah Stephenson, who had two of Booneville’s eight hits.
Hawkins had three of Nettleton’s 12 hits.
“Nettleton is just a really strong ballclub,” said Booneville coach Tommy Fraiser. “We tried to do a lot of things to get in position to score runs and it’s hard to do with Nettleton and their defense.”
Kent (13-0) got the win. Emily Horn (11-11) took the loss.