By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal
MOOREVILLE – Teri Richey took a spill rounding first base Thursday night against Mantachie. She got up, went back to first base and smiled it off. That’s how good it went for Mooreville in a 9-6 win over Mantachie in a key Division 2-3A game.
The division features powerhouse Nettleton as well and all three have losses to another, each with a game left against each other.
“This division is tough, one of the toughest around. You better be ready every time you play,” Mooreville coach Perry Wilburn said. “We got the hits when we needed them tonight.”
It went so good for Katelyn Keith that all she needed was a triple for the cycle. Keith had a two-run home run in the fourth inning and Miah and Meagan Edmonds each had two-run doubles in the game.
Mooreville took a lead it wouldn’t lose in the bottom of the third. Keith doubled and Hallie Donald plated her for a 5-4 lead.
“In my opinion, this is the best division in the state,” Keith said. “There are three really good teams that potentially could win state.”
Keith struck again in the next inning. With two outs, Meagan Edmonds hit a two-run double before Keith belted a 2-run home run for a 9-4 lead.
Mantachie scored three in the top of the first. Maggie Oswalt walked to open the inning and Allisa Patterson singled before Brittany Adams tripled in two runs and Regan McFerrin singled in a third.
Mooreville scored four in the second. Tanner Bevill had a bases-loaded fielder’s choice, Kelsey Minga an RBI single and Miah Edmonds a two-run double.
Mantachie tied it at 4 in the third on Tori Hendrick’s ‘s RBI single and added a pair of runs in the top of the sixth on Alli Devaughn’s single and Mallory Clouse’s fielder’s choice.
“The home run was huge,” Mantachie coach Kristi Montgomery said. “It was going to come to whoever got the big hits.”
Also on Thursday
Hamilton 12, Hatley 5: The long ball served Hamilton well in gaining its third division win of the year, a late inning comeback over Hatley (6-4, 3-1).
Down 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth, Cheyenne Logan launched her first home run of the year for the Lady Lions (11-5, 3-0), a grand slam after Raimi Bryan, Alison Atkins and Taylor Hyland opened the inning with three straight hits. Christy Willis would add another long ball for Hamilton, a two-run shot in the sixth, and Jordyn Jackson had a two-run homer in the second.
“I think the main thing is we’ve finally got confident in the last few games,” Hamilton coach Lewis Earnest said. “They were thinking too much early in the game. Finally I told them to quit thinking and just go up there and swing and hit it as hard as you can.”
Pitcher Abby Cantrell was the only Lady Tiger with multiple hits, while Atkins went 4 for 4 at the plate and allowed just six Hatley hits.
Melissa Meador, Monroe Journal
Amory 7, Itawamba AHS 3
Belmont 11, Booneville 10
Houston 10, Caledonia 2
Nettleton 10, New Albany 5