By NEMS Daily Journal
Lauren Baldwyn’s glove highlight for Nettleton
Holly Schlicht was a defensive rock at shortstop through the 2010 season for Nettleton’s Lady Tigers slow-pitch and fast-pitch softball teams.
Her replacement, Lauren Baldwyn, has displayed Gold Glove-caliber play the last two seasons as well.
In Tuesday’s 6-0 win against Smithville, the junior infielder chased down fly balls to the shallow outfield, snagged a line drive and played error-free on nine defensive opportunties.
“She was great tonight,” Nettleton coach Dana Rhea said. “She’s a great player. She’s been solid her whole life.”
Baldwyn, who was a teammate of Schlicht’s, credits her success to practice.
“I work every day on defense,” she said.
The Lady Tigers improved to 13-1 overall with their victory against the visiting Lady Seminoles. She believes they can play a lot better in the final month of the regular season.
“We haven’t had a horrible start,” she said. “It’s just not where we wanted it to be.”
Nettleton – 28-0 and Class 3A champs last fall – saw its 35-game win streak ended two weeks ago by the Baldwyn Lady Bearcats.
Shumpert to watch MSU’s SEC opener vs. Auburn
Itawamba AHS 4-star recruit Ashton Shumpert and the Indians have a bye this week. The 3-0 Indians go to Senatobia next Friday.
Shumpert will be visiting one of his suitors Saturday as Mississippi State hosts Auburn.
“I’m looking forward to seeing a great game, to see how State holds up against the first good team they play this year,” Shumpert said.
Mississippi State is one of 10 offers for the athlete, including Ole Miss, Georgia, Alabama, Purdue and Oklahoma State.
Tippah slow-pitch tourney scheduled for Saturday
Tippah County’s annual slow-pitch softball tournament will be played Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. with a round-robin format, at Pine Grove High School.
Three-time defending champion Walnut (6-6) enters the event with a nine-game Tippah County tournament win streak. Pine Grove (7-2), Falkner (4-7) and Blue Mountain (1-8) will be looking to end the Lady Wildcat’s streak.
In other county tournament softball news, the annual Monroe County Tournament has been re-scheduled for Sept. 29 at Smithville.
Texas high school wins
opener in $60 millon home
Allen (Texas) High School had a successful debut in its $60 million, 18,000-seat football stadium last Friday night, beating defending 5A state champion Southlake Carroll, 24-0.
According to reports, the college-like facility has two scoreboards and a 38-foot high-definition video board. It also has artificial turf and an underground practice area.
Despite its size, there are four Texas high schools with larger venues, according to texasbob.com. Alamo Stadium (23,000) in San Antonio leads the way. The others are Mesquite Memorial (20,000), Pizza Hut Park (21,193) in Frisco and Farrington Field (18,500) in Fort Worth.
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