By John Wilbert/NEMS Daily Journal
SALTILLO – Bre Agnew hasn’t been getting many starts this season.
On Monday night, however, the Booneville High freshman would take advantage of her rare opportunity to start. She went 3 for 4 with a walk, a triple, an RBI and three runs scored as her Lady Blue Devils beat up on Saltillo, 13-6, during its Senior Night.
“This was probably her second or third varsity start,” said Booneville coach Lee Boyette. “She can hit the ball very well.
“She’s got great hands.”
Also coming through at the plate for Booneville (16-7-1) was Nicki Whitten, who had three hits and two RBIs.
Her nifty base running after rounding the first base bag on her two-out, two-run single to right – getting in a rundown between first and second – allowed Madeline Hickman to score Booneville’s fourth run of the fourth inning.
That was huge, because the Lady Blue Devils entered the fourth trailing 3-1.
“We started off a little slow tonight, fell behind in the game,” Boyette said. “But finally our bats came around and we made some good base-running plays.”
After Saltillo starting pitcher Hallie Frenn (11-4) was pulled in the top of the fifth with one out and two runners on, Hickman greeted reliever Savannah Stanton with a two-run triple to right that made it 11-3 Lady Blue Devils.
Frenn made it through the first three innings with no major damage – allowing one run and three hits. She struck out the side in the second and had four strikeouts through two innings.
However, six walks issued in the fourth and fifth innings led to six runs.
Madeline Davis, on the other hand, settled down after the first two innings, in which she allowed three runs, to get her fifth win of the season against two losses. She had eight strikeouts in the game, including striking out the side in the third inning.
Saltillo – a good team, in Boyette’s eyes – dropped to 15-7 on the year after losing Monday’s non-division game.