By Rob Williams
For the Monroe Journal
NETTLETON – Trailing 8-4 going into their final at-bat, the Nettleton Lady Tigers rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh but got no further as they fell to the Corinth Lady Warriors 8-7 on Thursday on a very blustery day.
Corinth scored a run in the top of the first, but Nettleton got it back plus one more in the bottom half. Taylor Smith ripped a one-out single, and Harley Tucker reached on a fielder’s choice. The runners moved up on a double steal, and Brittany Adams sent them home with a shot up the middle.
The Lady Warriors picked up two runs in the top of the second and another one in the top of the third to take a 4-2 lead.
Nettleton’s bats came back to life in the top of the fifth and drove in two runs to tie the game. Lauren Hall got things started with a lead-off single and moved to second on a fielder’s choice. Tucker slapped- a two-run homer over the center field wall to tie the game at 4-4.
The Lady Warriors loaded the bases in the top of the seventh and got the go-ahead run across on a wild pitch. After a walk loaded the bases again, a shot over Adams’ glove in right field got three more runs home and gave an 8-4 advantage to the Lady Warriors.
The Lady Tigers were not through playing. They put together a seventh inning rally that fell just one run short of tying the game. Hall started things off with a double, and Smith worked a walk. After the runners moved to second and third on a passed ball, Tucker got Hall home with a sacrifice fly. Smith moved to third on the play and scored on another passed ball.
Kylie Leach got all the way to third on a Lady Warrior error on a hard hit ball to left, and she scored on a fielder’s choice of the bat of Jabria Pounds. Pounds was safe on the play and got all the way to second base. Brianna Holland drove a shot to center field that RBI written all over it, but a diving shoestring catch by the Corinth center fielder robbed Holland and the Lady Tigers of the tying run.
“We didn’t hit very well today,” Nettleton coach Dana Rhea said. “Plus we made too many mistakes. We have a lot of young kids playing their positions for the first time. I expect our defense to get better as the season goes on.”