By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal
BOONEVILLE – Mooreville is a win away from the state fastpitch quarterfinals after a 5-0 victory against Booneville in the opener of a best-of-three Class 3A series.
The Lady Troopers scored five in the first two innings and starter Jessalyn Brown allowed only four hits.
“Booneville’s pitcher settled in and threw well,” Mooreville coach Perry Wilburn said. “Jess threw well.”
Game 2 is scheduled for noon today at Mooreville, with a third to follow if necessary. If expected rain postpones, it will be played Monday at 5 p.m.
Mooreville (22-4) scored three in the first inning. The Lady Troopers took a 1-0 lead when Booneville pitcher Madison Davis (7-6) threw it past third on Miah Edmonds’ infield dribbler. Davis hit Meagan Edmonson to open the inning, who got to third after a walk and a steal. Katelyn Keith blasted a double to plate two more.
“That was huge early,” Wilburn said. “Big game tomorrow. They’ll be there to battle just like they did tonight. That’s Booneville.”
Booneville (12-12) couldn’t capitalize on Cora Geno’s leadoff double in the bottom of the first and watched two more errors lead to a pair of runs in the second. Brittani Berry reached on an error in the top of the second and scored on Alalyse Long’s triple. A two-out error on a throw to first scored Long for a 5-0 lead.
“We made some mistakes early and they did a nice job of capitalizing on it,” Booneville coach Jeremy Reece said. “Whether we came out a little tentative, I don’t know, but you could tell we weren’t the same team the first part of the game as we were last week and the week before that.”
Booneville left two more on base in the second inning after Brown (11-3) struck out two of her five.
“I was throwing everything. Mainly my rise ball was working,” Brown said.