Six-run fifth lifts Saltillo

prep_icon_greenBy David Wheeler

Special to the Journal

NETTLETON – The Saltillo Lady Tigers fast-pitch softball team has been close to several quality wins on the young season.

Saltillo got one Thursday.

Behind freshman Karly Williams’ complete game, Saltillo earned an 11-6 victory on the road over the perennially tough Nettleton Lady Tigers.

“I feel like we’re a really good 4-4 team,” Saltillo head coach Lee Buse said. “We’ve played so many close games, this feels really good.”

Saltillo came out of the gate feeling really good, grabbing the lead in the top of the first inning.

With one out, Saltillo strung together three hits, including an RBI double by Morgan Sartin. After the second out, the visiting Lady Tigers added two more runs on run-scoring hits by Janna Nicholson and Hannah Howard to take a 3-0 lead.

Hosts fight back

Nettleton (7-2) scratched back and took the lead, pushing across two runs in the third on an error and a run-scoring ground out. Then in the fourth, Nettleton plated three runs on two hits and three errors to take a 5-3 lead.

“In the past, this team would get down in a situation like that,” Buse said. “This team has a lot of fight.”

Saltillo fought back in the top of the fifth. The Lady Tigers sent 10 batters to the plate in the frame, scoring six runs, including RBI hits by Lexi Brazeal and McKenzie Lane and an inside-the-park home run by Harley Tucker.

“Saltillo played a great game, came out hitting right off the bat, and hit the whole game,” Nettleton head coach Dana Rhea said. “You never like to lose, and I don’t like the way we lost today.”

Saltillo added two insurance run in the seventh on an error and a run-scoring hit by Howard.