By Brandon Speck/Daily Journal
MOOREVILLE – Booneville did its damage early, then held on in the final inning of a 6-5 win at Mooreville on Saturday afternoon.
The Lady Devils completed a sweep in the Class 3A fastpitch quarterfinals and will face three-time champ Nettleton in this week’s North championship.
Booneville took a 6-0 lead into the seventh but watched Mooreville rally for five on a fielder’s choice, two errors and an infield hit. The Lady Troopers (22-9) had four of their eight hits in the inning and Booneville dropped a two-out popup.
“That was way too wild for me,” said Booneville coach Lee Boyette. “Our kids just battled, made a few mistakes but fought through it. They made us make plays.”
Courtney Deaton scored on an error in the first. In the second, Kayla Moore singled and scored after hit batsman and error. With the bases loaded, Teri Richey (13-2) struck out two before Cora Geno blooped a two-run double. Bre Agnew’s two-run single made it 6-0.
Booneville pitcher Caroline Goodwin (5-4) stranded runners at third in the second and third.
“We went from probably being one of the better hitting teams in the north to not hitting at all, both games,” Moorevile coach Perry Wilburn said. “Give their pitcher credit, but we couldn’t hit the ball.”
In the seventh, Katelyn Keith walked and scored on a groundout and Mooreville scored on an errant pickoff throw before Meagan Edmonds’ single ended Goodwin’s day. After Miah Edmonds’ infield single, Booneville catcher Emily Horn fielded a dribbler from Vic White and threw out Meagan Edmonson at third.
Wilburn disagreed with the out call, which he considered a turning point in the game.
“It’s the difference in the game. If it’s tied up, we might still be playing,” said Wilburn.
Betsy Kingsley kept it alive with an infield single, her second. Kelsey Minga followed with another infield hit to score Miah Edmonson to pull within 6-3.
Lara Key dropped Analyse Long’s pop as seniors White and Kinglsey scored but squeezed a pop off the bat of Keith to end it.
“I was in shock, like this can not be happening,” said Goodwin of the seventh. “It was crazy.”
Madison Davis got the final two outs for Booneville. Richey struck out eight.