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Brookhaven softball defeats Pearl River Central 2-0 in game one

Haley Nations was nothing short of dominant in Brookhaven’s playoff series victory against Stone High School in the second round of the playoffs.

She was even better on Monday night against Pearl River Central, as the senior threw a no-hitter and struck out 13 in a complete game 2-0 victory in game one of the third-round playoff series.

“I tried to stay ahead in the counts and stay ahead of hitters,” Nations said. “I was able to throw my pitches into the strike-zone, and that really helped me.”

Nations has given up one earned run in 21 innings so far in the postseason, good for a .33 ERA. For the season, Nations has a 15-3 record with a .39 ERA.

“She was really good tonight for us,” Brookhaven head softball coach Mandy Vinson said. “She stayed ahead in the count, and when she did fall behind she came back and got into the zone. She’s really been throwing it well. ”

The Blue Devils and the Panthers were locked in a pitcher’s duel early on in the contest, as neither team was able to put much of a scoring threat together until the bottom of the fourth inning.

Then Brookhaven struck.

Kat Wallace and Jadeyn Fuller would both single to start off the frame and put runners at first and third for senior Rileigh Allen.

Allen would deliver the only two runs in the contest as she drove a two-RBI single into left field to give the Panthers and Nations a lead.

After taking the lead in the frame, Nations would become even more dominant throughout the remainder of the contest.

She retired nine of the final 10 hitters in order, and she struck out five of them in the process. The Blue Devils were only able to put eight balls in play in the game against Nations, as she struck out 13 in the complete-game performance.

The Panthers had five hits in the contest, and continually put pressure on Pearl River Central to make plays to get off the field.

“We hit the ball well at times,” Vinson said. “There were some things that I thought we could have done better situationally, but I thought we did well at the plate.”

Brookhaven will travel to Pearl River Central on Tuesday night to play game two and, if necessary, a game three of the series.

“Game two is a brand-new game,” Vinson said. “What we did tonight doesn’t matter. We have to go out and take care of business on Tuesday night if we want to go to the next round.”

The winner of the Brookhaven-Pearl River Central series winner will take on the winner of North Pike and West Harrison. West Harrison won game one 8-6 on Monday night.