Troopers’ timely hits support eighth-grader’s gem

By David Wheeler/Special to the NEMS Daily Journal

MOOREVILLE – Mooreville and Booneville have certainly played in a warmer-weather, post-season position on the calendar.
But in the cold of early March, the matchup of two Class 3A fast-pitch softball playoff teams from a season ago belonged to the host Lady Troopers with an 8-0 victory over the Lady Devils Thursday.
“It was nice to come back and beat a team that put us out of the playoffs,” said Mooreville head coach Perry Wilburn, whose Lady Troopers were eliminated from the 2012 playoffs by Booneville. “We played well, and we pitched well tonight.
“And we got timely hits.”
The positive pitching for the Lady Troopers (5-2) was supplied by eighth grader Hallie Donald, who scattered six hits over her seven shutout innings.
Spreading out the Booneville hits certainly applied to this contest, with the Lady Devils never getting a runner past second base. Booneville (1-3) did get runners on first and second with no one out in each of the fourth and fifth innings, but failed to convert.
“This was ugly, too many mistakes,” first year Booneville head coach Jeremy Reece said. “This is what happens when you give a team extra opportunities.
“And Mooreville didn’t make any mistakes for us to take advantage of.”
Mooreville got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning on an RBI single by Miah Edmonds. But the Lady Troopers did most of their damage in the third frame.
Mooreville plated six runs in the inning on just two hits. A hard grounder past first by Lexie Weaver scored two, and Donald added an RBI single during the inning.
Booneville starting pitcher Caroline Goodwin went two and two-thirds, and was charged with seven runs. Madison Davis allowed one run in relief for the Lady Devils.
Mooreville is in action Saturday at the South Pontotoc tournament against North Pontotoc and South Pontotoc.