By Melissa Meador
MOOREVILLE – Mooreville and Nettleton each pounded out 12 hits in a rematch of last year’s 3A North finals on Friday.
Mooreville took advantage in key situations of five Nettleton errors to take an 11-5 win in Game 1 and take a 1-0 series lead in the North semifinals.
“We hit the ball well tonight. Hallie (Donald) did a great job and has been solid pitching for us all year,” Mooreville coach Perry Wilburn said. “They have a great team, and it’ll be a long day tomorrow.”
Game 2 will be today at Nettleton at 1 p.m.
Nettleton took a 3-0 lead in the first after an RBI double from Taylor Smith and a two-run double from Brittany Adams. Mooreville answered in the bottom of the inning with Miah Edmonds’ two-run double.
The Lady Troopers scored four in the third to take the lead with an RBI single from Edmonds. Kelsy Minga reached on an error to plate another one, and Mooreville scored two more on groundouts.
“We played great defense in our last series against Booneville and were errorless for two games,” Nettleton coach Dana Rhea said. “I don’t know if it was the atmosphere of the rivalry, but we made some critical errors to get some of their better hitters back up.”
Analyse Long, who had three hits, plated a pair of Mooreville’s three runs in the fourth with her two-run double. In the fifth, Meagan Edmonds and Hallie Donald each knocked RBI singles.
Donald struck out 11 on her way to picking up the win.
Nettleton had its best chance to cut into the lead in the fifth after back-to-back RBI singles from Brittany Adams and MariAnna Young.
In the sixth, Kaleigh Tackett hit a one-out double, followed by Harley Tucker’s infield single, but Donald ended both threats with strikeouts and allowed just a two-out base hit from Lauren Hall in the top of the seventh.