New Trooper leads win over rival

By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal

MOOREVILLE – Mooreville and Nettleton will meet for one more division game, but the Lady Troopers may go in feeling better. Mooreville beat its heated rival 5-2 Monday night.
Nettleton starting pitcher MariAnna Young left the game after an inning after injuring her leg on a single. Mooreville (18-3, 4-0) added to a 3-2 lead with a two-run single from pinch hitter Erin Jones in the sixth.
Mooreville’sJessalyn Brown, a Florida transfer, improved to 8-2 on the season. Her move has made it easier to transition after the Lady Troopers lost promising starter Teri Richey to another shoulder surgery before the season started.
“Jessalyn moves in, is a good fit to our team and gets along real well,” Mooreville coach Perry Wilburn said.
Nettleton (10-4, 1-1 Division 2-3A) sophomore Katibeth Finney pitched 11 innings – she threw five in JV. She retired her first six.
Eighth grade catcher Hallie Donald may have made the play of the game for Mooreville in the second. With two on, Brown struck out Brittany Adams, one of her five. The ball went to the backstop before Donald fired a laser to first for the out.
“We battled. You lose 5-2 to Mooreville, that’s not a downside,” Nettleton coach Dana Rhea said. “We had opportunities.”
Nettleton left the bases loaded in the third.