By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – It took North Pontotoc a few innings to get going, but when the Lady Vikings got going, it was tough to stop them.
North got 12 of its 14 hits from the fifth inning on and improved to 16-2 with a 10-8 win at Tupelo on Friday evening.
The two biggest runs were once insurance. North took an 8-3 lead into the sixth and added two on a fielder’s choice from Katie Denton and an RBI single from Madison Carnes.
Tupelo (3-9) had three of its nine hits in the bottom of the seventh. Coupled with three Lady Viking errors, the Lady Wave cut the lead to 10-8 when Reagan Aldridge reached and two scored.
“The bats came alive in the fifth and sixth but we can’t give teams five outs like we did that last inning,” North Pontotoc coach Shane Montgomery said.
Mollie Tidwell capped three straight singles with an RBI that scored Hannah Smith for the inning’s first run. Smith was 3 for 4.
Junior Brittany Seale went 3 for 5 with three RBI for the winners while Denton and Kelsey Robertson each drove in a pair.
In her first start, Tupelo seventh grader Lauren Knight pitched 41/3 innings and allowed only two hits through the first four.
Montogmery and Tupelo coach Michael Gable credited the pace early on to Knight.
‘A great job’
“She did a great job,” Gable said. “She did everything we wanted her to do. Finally felt like that third time through they were catching on to her.”
Gates got the win for North, striking out 10.
After Kaitlin Robertson tied it at 3 in the fifth, Kelsey Robertson had a two-run, bases-loaded single before Denton’s RBI hit. Seale made it an 8-3 game with a two-run, bases-loaded single.
“We didn’t really know what to expect and knew it was going to be a challenge,” Seale said. “We didn’t make our adjustments as quickly as we should.”
Tupelo scored first on Aldridge’s RBI single.