By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal
NEW ALBANY – It had been 22 months since Nettleton lost a slowpitch softball game.
Baldwyn put an end to the Lady Tigers’ 35-game win streak Saturday with a 7-4 win in the Robertson’s Sportswear Challenge at BNA Bank Park.
Baldwyn coach Jessica Taylor had a tough chat with her Lady Cats after a poor performance in a loss to Ingomar earlier in the day.
“I think they realized the mistakes they made and what they had to do to beat Nettleton,” Taylor said. “They know Nettleton’s reputation. They knew they had to have their A-game.”
Baldwyn scored four in the bottom of the first inning on five hits, the big shot a 3-run homer from Savannah Alexander. Paige Wood added an RBI single.
Nettleton (7-1) got on the board in the top of the second. Molly Bramlett singled and scored after a double by Harley Tucker and a fiel`der’s choice by Brittany Adams.
Baldwyn (7-1) added two more in the third thanks to three singles and a pair of errors as Maggie Martin drove in a run on a bases loaded fielder’s choice and Wood reached on an error.
The Lady Bearcats made it 7-1 in the fourth after Mackenzie Riley’s second single. She scored after Nettleton’s third error on an outfield bobble.
“We just didn’t do anything right. When you don’t catch it, you don’t throw it and you don’t hit it, you don’t win,” Nettleton coach Dana Rhea said. “I haven’t seen that team in about seven years.”
Nettleton cut the lead to 7-4 in the fifth. Three straight singles and an outfield error plated Kimberly Monteith and Kaleigh Tackett had a two-run single.
Badlwyn left the bases loaded in the third. Nettleton couldn’t score with two on and one out in the fourth and two on, two out in the sixth.
Nettleton was 28-0 a season ago after winning its second Class 3A title. Anna Kent (7-1) suffered her first loss of the season. Haley Sandlin improved to 7-1.
“My girls really stepped it up,” Taylor said. “They played defense. They hit. They ran. They did it all. And that’s what it takes to win.”