By David Wheeler/Special to the NEMS Daily Journal
MOOREVILLE – Nettleton Tigers head baseball coach Will Hawkins calls Division 2-3A “wide open.”
The Tigers did their part Tuesday night to open up the division, edging Mooreville 4-1.
“I talked to several coaches before the season started, and they all agreed that who won their last game would win the division,” Hawkins said. “This was a great game for us, but we’ve got Mooreville coming to our place, and we’ve got to be ready.”
Nettleton sophomore pitcher Hayden Guin was ready for Tuesday’s contest. The left-hander pitched the back end of Nettleton’s division games last week, but moved up a couple days for the start against Mooreville.
Guin kept the Troopers off balance, scattering four hits over his seven innings of work.
“We swapped it up to do something different,” Hawkins said. “Our hitters did a good job putting the bat on the ball.”
Nettleton (8-6, 1-2) was efficient with its swings, using six hits to plate its winning runs. That began in the top of the second, with sophomore Jordan Smith lining a home run to left field.
Mooreville (9-5, 1-2) knotted the contest in the fourth inning as Ben Seay and John Peugh led off the frame with hits, followed by a sacrifice fly by Spencer Hanskiewicz.
But in the fifth, Nettleton responded with two runs, including an RBI hit by Ben Rogers. The Tigers added an insurance run in the seventh on a run-scoring hit by Frankie Burrow.
Mooreville loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh inning with two out, but failed to score.