By Brandon Speck/Monroe Journal
MOOREVILLE – Nettleton senior Hayley Parker had a parting shot for division rival Mooreville Tuesday night.
Mooreville beat Nettleton 4-2 at Nettleton earlier this season. Tuesday night Parker and the Lady Tigers returned the favor with a 3-2 road win.
Trailing 2-1 with two outs and two strikes with the tying run at second base, Parker singled through the middle of the infield to tie the game, then she scored from second as the throw from home back to second sailed into the outfield.
Kaleigh Tackett singled to open the inning and was bunted to second by Chelsea Tucker. Brittany Adams came in to run for Tackett.
Both teams have locked up Division 2-3A’s two playoff spots and Mooreville controls its own destiny with a game remaining at South Pontotoc Thursday.
A road win then and the Lady Troopers (18-6, 4-1) would win division due to a head-to-head tiebreaker. A loss and back-to-back 3A champ Nettleton (17-1, 5-1) would be division champions.
“We wanted to win it. It just didn’t bounce our way,” Mooreville coach Perry Wilburn said. “Parker is the last person you want to see at the plate if you’re on our end.
“We’ve got a game to go and South’s got a good ball club.”
Parker, a Chipola (Fla.) College signee along with teammate and pitcher Michele Hester, hustled out a double in the fifth but was stranded with Nettleton trailing 2-1 when Teri Richey got a strikeout to end the inning.
“It’s pretty sweet to win here because they beat us at our house,” Parker said. “We wanted to beat them, especially at their place.”
Mooreville had taken the 2-1 lead in the fourth. Kelsey Miller and Vic White singled with one out and with two outs, Betsy Kingsley reached on a dropped flyball between Nettleton shortstop Lauren Baldwyn and outfielder Korie Beth Leach to go ahead to score Miller and courtesy runner Raena McGregor.
Nettleton had taken a 1-0 lead in the third on Makenzie Hawkins’ sac fly.
“If we make another play here or there, the whole game is totally different.” said resigning coach Chris Kidd. “Michele did an excellent job tonight.”