By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal
ECRU – Lafayette pitcher Avery McCullough had five strikeouts in a 4-0 division win at North Pontotoc on Tuesday night, none bigger than two in the fourth inning.
The Lady Vikings missed a big chance to blow it open in the bottom of the inning. Three-hitter Brittany Seale got to third to open the inning on a single and error and a pair of infield singles from Chandler Gates and Katie Denton loaded the bases with one out. But McCullough (4-3) got back-to-back strikeouts to end the threat.
“Working hard all week talking about that right there, no matter what they do, we’ve got to play our game and still stay at it,” Lafayette coach Katie Moore said.
North Pontotoc (11-3, 2-2 Division 2-4A) had four hits and five errors.
Lafayette (10-8, 2-2) got the only run it needed in the sixth. Amber Adams singled and took second on an error. She scored from third with two outs when Katrina Wilson reached first safely on North first baseman Denton’s drop.
divisional log jam
There is now a three-way tie for second place in the division. Montgomery argued a throw-out at third that ended the sixth.
“When you have more errors than you do hits, it’s hard to beat anybody,” Montgomery said. “We had our chances early and didn’t get the job done.”
Lafayette blew a chance to score in the top of the third. Kendall Glass tripled with one out but Adams’ bunt turned into a double play as Denton fired back to catcher Seale to end the inning.
The Lady Dores added cushion in the seventh, a run on Glass’ bases loaded walk off North starter Gates (5-2), on Adams’ second single and Emily Robinson’s sac. Lafayette had three of its six hits in the inning.
The teams meet again April 16 at Lafayette to close division play.