By Adam Gore/Special to the Journal
BOONEVILLE – Junior Jessica Patterson smashed her second home run of the game in the bottom of the sixth Friday afternoon to help Nettleton to a come-from-behind 16-12 victory over Booneville in Game 2 of the Class 3A North State Championship series.
Nettleton (26-1), which won the first game 17-7 in six innings, advances to play Clarkdale today in the state championships series in Jackson.
In the decisive second game, Booneville (18-12) led 12-7 when Patterson led off the bottom of the fifth with a solo homer before Harmony Hood cleared the bases with a triple to pull the Lady Tigers to a 12-11 deficit heading into top of the sixth inning.
Haley Parker finished 3-for-4 with a three-run home run, solo home run, and tripled to lead off a six-run sixth inning and scored on Patterson’s home run shot to left. Sydney Clayton and Heather Noe scored when Haydden Payne reached on an error to give the Lady Tigers a 16-12 lead.
The Lady Blue Devils tried to rally in the top of the seventh when Courtney Denton reached after a hard hit single hit Noe in the throat, but the senior third baseman waved off the coaches and trainer and collected the final two outs of the inning.
“Heather is hard nosed and is going to give it all, no matter what. Did it shock me she made that play? No, she does that all the time for us and is the sparkplug for our team,” said Nettleton head coach Dana Rhea.
Jessica Pannell and Denton each had two-run singles for Booneville.
The big inning
Nettleton set the tone early in Game 1 scoring seven runs in the first inning, but Booneville answered with four runs in the bottom half of the inning before the Lady Tigers put the game away with four runs in the third and fourth innings as they cruised to a 17-7 win in six innings.
“We hit the ball extremely well, but Booneville is the best hitting team we have played all year long,” said Rhea. “We did what we had to do to somehow scratch out a couple of wins against a very good team.”
Patterson and Payne each went 3-for-4 with a homer and were a triple away from hitting for the cycle. Bre Agnew went 3-for-3 with a pair of singles and a triple to plate three runs and score another for Booneville.
Three Northeast Mississippi high school slow-pitch softball teams are playing today at the VA Fields in Jackson for MHSAA state championship in Classes 1A, 2A and 3A.
The teams are playing best-of-three series, starting at 11 a.m.
In 1A, West Union plays South representative West Lincoln or Bogue Chitto. That series was to be decided Friday.
In 2A, Hamilton plays South opponent Enterprise.
In 3A,Nettleton plays the South’s Clarkdale.
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