RIDGELAND – The Nettleton Lady Tigers serenaded coach Chris Kidd for his birthday after a 4-3 extra-inning win against North Pike in Friday’s MHSAA Class 3A fastpitch softball championship series opener.
Nettleton, which lost in the state finals last season, can capture a state title with a win in Game 2 at 10 a.m. today at Freesom Ridge Park.
“A game like this definitely adds about four extra years after tonight,” Kidd said. “We ended up throwing it around to give them some extra bases and that’s how they ended up scoring their runs.”
Nettleton fell behind 3-0 before battling back in the bottom of the eighth when Korie Leach, courtesy running for Jessi Patterson as the international runner, beat the throw home when Michele Hester reached on a one-out error.
“I told them if they put the ball in play good things were going to happen,” Kidd said. “They did a good job battling tonight and doing whatever took to be able to score that last run.”
East Webster 8, Smithville 5
– In the Class 1A series, East Webster took advantage of a sluggish pitching performance from Smithville’s Kami Roberts to take a 1-0 lead over the Lady Seminoles.
“I think the nerves got to us. We walked to many and that got us in trouble early,” Smithville head coach Jeremy Duke said.
Game 2 is scheduled for 10 a.m. today. Game 3, if needed, would follow.
Loyd Star 10, Hamilton 5
– In the Class 2A series, Hamilton led 1-0 before the Lady Hornets exploded for nine runs in the third inning.
“Offensively we played well enough to win and defensively we didn’t play that bad, but the third inning when they scored those nine runs, they started hitting Shelby (Savage),” Hamilton head coach Jason Cobb said. “That’s just the way it happens sometimes.
Game 2 is scheduled for 10 a.m., with Game 3 to follow, if necessary.
“This group has been real good all year about focusing with their backs against the wall,” Cobb said. “They understand what it is and what’s left.”
Adam Gore/Special to the NEMS Daily Journal