By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal
MOOREVILLE – Mooreville looked to one of its young stars Friday in the second round of the Class 3A fastpitch softball playoffs.
The youngster – seventh grade pitcher Hallie Donald – didn’t disappoint.
She contributed in a big way with her arm and bat in the Lady Troopers’ 6-4 victory against visiting Winona in the opening game of the best-of-three, second-round series.
Donald (7-4) recorded eight strikeouts in seven innings. She scattered eight hits, with six of those coming in the final three innings.
“She was tired,” Mooreville senior catcher Vic White said. “She was throwing well and hitting her spots. They’re a good team. Maybe they started figuring out what she was throwing.”
At the plate, Donald singled in two runs in the fourth inning and tripled in the third. She later scored in the third on a base hit by another seventh grader, Meagan Edmonds.
The series between the Troopers (21-7) and Tigers (15-7), including a third game if needed, resumes at 1 p.m. today in Winona.
Mooreville coach Perry Wilburn was pleased with Donald’s performance in the circle.
“We threw a seventh grader out there with a big crowd,” he said. “We’ve got two good pitchers and think we can win with whoever’s on the mound.”
Wilburn will start junior Teri Richey, who had offseason shoulder surgery, in the circle in today’s first game.
Mooreville took a 6-0 lead through four innings before the Lady Tigers started their comeback attempt.
Winona scored three runs in the fifth inning, two on an error and the other on an RBI single by Kelsey Robertson. Lakin Ables had an RBI double in the seventh inning.
Betsy Kingsley, one of Mooreville’s two seniors, led her team with a triple and two singles.