North Pontotoc stays calm, reaches 4A finals

By NEMS Daily Journal

There was no panic in the North Pontotoc dugout after it fell behind early in Saturday’s Class 4A North semifinal game.
Even with unbeaten pitcher Brianna Gable struggling with her control, walking eight, the Lady Vikings fought their way to a 6-4 win over Houston and a first-ever berth in next weekend’s state championship in Ridgeland against either North Pike or Newton County, which was rained out on Saturday.
“It’s been different kids stepping up all year, not just one or two of them,” North Pontotoc coach Shane Montgomery said. His team improved to 32-2 as it avoided the need for a third game.
“Houston came to play,” said Montgomery. “Both teams stranded 11 runners and we just couldn’t seem to come up with the key hit.”
Until it really counted.
Shanda Melton delivered a bases-loaded double in the bottom of the sixth and Meggin Nelson pitched the seventh to pick up the save. Gable (17-0) had closed Game 1 in relief of Nelson.
“It helps to have two good pitchers,” Montgomery said.