Lady Devils closer to playoffs

prep_icon_greenBy Brandon Speck

Daily Journal

BOONEVILLE – Class 3A fast pitch runs through Nettleton, while Mooreville is trying to regain that distinction. The rest of 3A North? Playing catchup.

Booneville beat Alcorn Central 15-5 in six innings on Friday afternoon to get a little bit closer to a playoff spot.

Atop Division 1-3A is playoff-bound Mooreville. Undefeated atop Division 4-3A is Nettleton. Neither is worried about postseason positions. Nettleton has three titles and six straight championship series appearances.

“It’s kind of, you’re on the outside looking in, you know talent-wise you can match up with them,” Booneville coach Jeremy Reece said. “It’s just a matter of getting there. Those teams have done it over time and have that tradition and that’s something we’re trying to get to.”

Senior day

It was senior day for Booneville, the home finales for Annabeth Ford and Kaylee Cooper. Leftfielder Ford had a snow cone catch in the top of the fourth and started one of two double plays her team turned.

She said the goal is to get to the levels Mooreville and Nettleton have set, even if it means starting the process for her school and watching the results happen to future Lady Devils.

“That’s what I want. I want to get all the way up to playing big games and eventually going to state,” Ford said. “I want Booneville softball to have something special.”

On Friday, Booneville got past a rough, five-run third inning as winning pitcher Olivia Blansett battled a wet softball in a steady drizzle. After two scoreless, Alcorn Central sent 11 batters to the plate, three on walks and got RBI singles from Delanie Brown, Maddy Oaks and Michalia Finkle to tie the game at five.

The second of two Kayla Moore RBI singles put Booneville back ahead for good and the Lady Devils (7-15) scored six in the sixth for a mercy-rule win. Ali Martin tripled and Laura Horn, Baley Hankins and Chloe Eubank had RBI singles. Morgan Blythe’s two-run single ended it.

“The talent’s there to be successful,” second-year coach Reece said. “Now we’re just trying to develop it in the junior high level all the way up.”