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By Staff
HERE IT COMES Newton County pitcher Chassidy Smith tosses home a strike during the third inning of Newton County's game at Enterprise Tuesday. Newton County won the contest 4-2. Photo by Kyle Carter/The Meridian Star
By Will Bardwell / staff writer
Aug. 13, 2003
ENTERPRISE Newton County's Chassidy Smith pitched out of a two-on jam in the bottom of the seventh inning to help the Lady Cougars take a 4-2 win over Enterprise on Tuesday.
Newton County built a 3-0 lead in the first inning, highlighted by an RBI double by Mallory Shumake to start the scoring.
Enterprise spent the rest of the game trying to chip away at the Lady Cougars' lead.
Laura Speed's RBI triple in the second inning, and Ashton Shirley's RBI double in the sixth inning cut the Newton County lead to one run going into the last frame.
In the seventh, the Lady Cougars added an insurance run when Lorna Blackburn advanced from second base to third on a Lindsey Little fly out. Blackburn scored on the same play on a throwing error.
A two-out single by Enterprise's Baleigh Volking in the bottom of the seventh advanced Speed to second base and brought the potential winning run to the plate, but Smith then got a pop fly to left field to secure the win.
Newton County head coach Mack Fanning said his team's run in the top of the seventh gave them some breathing room when Enterprise threatened late.
The Lady Bulldogs garnered eight hits for the night, but head coach Kacie Roberson said the team missed too many opportunities to score runs.
Enterprise fell to 0-3, and while Roberson is not panicking, she said she will be looking to the team's older players to help lead the young squad.
Both Speed and Shirley went 2-for-3 at the plate for Enterprise. Shumake and Blackburn also each went 2-for-3 for the Lady Cougars.