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Lady Jackets split with Pearl River Central

Haley Nations led the Lady Jackets to a win in the first game in the opening round Saturday of a double-header. Enterprise hosted the Pearl River Central Lady Devils, and the Lady Jackets came out on top in game one 2-0.

Mental mistakes in the seventh inning hurt the Lady Jackets in the second game and they fell to the Lady Devils 5-2.

Enterprise 2, Pearl River Central 0

Despite Pearl River getting a runner on in their half of the first, the Lady Jackets got out of the inning with timely strikeouts and good defense.

The Lady Jackets threatened to score in the top of the first with Jana Nations hitting a two-out single, but the Lady Devils got out of the jam unharmed.

In the bottom of the second, the Lady Jackets got their first run of the game on a pitch that sailed past the catcher to score the runner from third to make it 1-0.

The Lady Jackets loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth and scored their final run of the game with Natalie Harris getting hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score a run. Haley Nations kept the Lady Devils off-balanced all game long, using pitch location to set up the defense for easy outs.

Nations pitched all seven innings, giving up no runs on three hits, one walk and nine strikeouts to get the win for the Lady Jackets. Taylor Harris took the loss on the mound for Pearl River.

Lauren Gartman and Jana Nations each hit a double. Carly Polk, Haley Nations and Morgan Smith each had a single.

Enterprise 2, Pearl River Central 5

The Lady Jackets jumped to an early lead in the bottom of the third as Gartman belted a two-run RBI double to take the 2-0 lead. In the top of the fourth, the Lady Devils brought themselves within one on a single by Shelby Archer. Pearl River tied the game in the top of the fifth with an RBI single by Jayden Davis.

The Lady Devils took the lead for good in the top of the seventh with three runs. McNeely got the Lady Devils started with an RBI single. Harlee Davis followed with an RBI single of her own. With two outs, the Lady Devils loaded the bases and score their final run on a mishandled play by the Lady Jacket defense. 

Kalyn Chemin got the start for game two, striking out seven batters and walking three. Haley Nations pitched in relief, striking out four batters and walking one. Jayden Davis pitched for the Lady Devils, giving up two runs and striking out 14 batters.

“It was good for us to get a win today against a very good softball team,” Enterprise head coach Charissa Burke said. “Now we need to be focused and be ready to for our playoff run against Clarkdale.”

The Lady Jackets will take on Clarkdale tonight for round two of the 2A state playoffs.