By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal
SPRINGVILLE – The East kicked it around and kicked it around some more in the seventh inning of Thursday’s Robertson’s Sportswear NMSBCA Fastpitch All-Star Game.
But Itawamba AHS grad and Itawamba CC signee Haley Moore needed to get an early start on her trip to Oklahoma for a nationals qualifier tournament. Her RBI single in the top of the ninth prevented extra innings and erased her team’s bad memories to give the East a 6-5 win in the seventh annual game at South Pontotoc.
“I always feel confident when I’m at the plate,” Moore said. “I knew when I got that pitch, I was taking it into the field.”
Four errors after Pontotoc’s Katelyn Alexander’s double led to two West insurance runs and a 5-2 lead in the bottom of the seventh. But the East got a two-run triple from Corinth’s Haley Christian in the top of the eighth and a tying suicide squeeze call from Mooreville coach Perry Wilburn off the bat of Itawamba’s Haley Gates.
Belmont’s Harlee Lynch brought a nasty change-up and earned the win. East Union’s Allie Haynie took the loss. Today was the only practice times the teams had.
“I know a lot of them. Mostly I’ve played summer ball with them. I feel relaxed with them,” said Moore, who was leaving for the tournament with East teammate Shannon Goode (New Albany).
A West Pontotoc County duo tried to get it done in their back yard. North Pontotoc and Jones CC signee Brittany Seale had an RBI single and Alexander had a two-run single.
“Making out the lineup, you’ve got several that play the same positions, several pitchers, but their attitudes were great,” West coach Jessica Seger said. “Everybody put their 110 percent out there.”
The East, which didn’t score until the seventh and overcame five of the game’s nine errors, got two runs back in the seventh on Ashlinn Renth’s double, Moore’s single and a pair of errors.
The West All-Stars beat the East 18-13 behind two-run home runs from C.C. Costilow (South Pontotoc) and Jordan Dickson (Kossuth). Mooreville’s Katelyn Keith, Portia Patterson (Corinth) and Megan Miller (Itawamba AHS) homered for the East. The teams combined for 36 hits.