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Enterprise Lady Bulldogs stay in hunt

By By Marty Stamper/The Meridian Star
Sept. 26, 2001
ENTERPRISE n The Enterprise Lady Bulldogs remained very much alive in the hunt for a berth in the Class 2A state slow-pitch softball playoffs with a 7-1 Division 5-2A win over Newton on Tuesday.
Enterprise improved to 6-7 overall and 3-2 in the league. Clarkdale leads the league at 5-0, with Taylorsville (2-2), Bay Springs (2-3) also in the hunt along with Enterprise. Newton fell to 0-5 in the league and 6-11 overall.
Enterprise scored an unearned run in the bottom of the first inning as Ashley Mathis reached on an error and took second on another error on the same play. She scored on a third error following an infield out when Newton first baseman Tay Moore tried to throw her out at third base.
The Lady Bulldogs added three runs in the bottom of the fourth on four hits. Catcher Amanda Parker drew a leadoff walk and courtesy runner Lisa Speed scored on a double by Charley Speed, who was thrown out by Newton shortstop Kotreece Bender trying to stretch her hit into a triple. Winning pitcher Ashton Shirley drew a two-out walk and Morgan Robinson, Kaccy Jimmerson, and Shannon Creel followed with singles as Enterprise took a 4-0 lead.
Enterprise added three more runs in the fifth frame. Brittany Speed and Charley Speed reached on errors with Parker reaching safely on a fielder's choice. Chastity Stingley had a two-run single with the third run of the inning scoring on a fielder's choice by Shirley.
Seven of Enterprise's 10 batters had at least one hit.
Newton got its run in the top of the seventh as Bender singled and went to second on an outfield error. She scored on a single by Nikki Bender.
Enterprise had eight hits to four for Newton. Creel had two singles for Enterprise with Parker and Charley Speed both hitting a double.
Nikki Bender had two singles to lead Newton. Sharita Jones was the losing pitcher.
Enterprise returns to action Thursday at Bay Springs at 7 p.m. Newton travels to Raleigh Thursday for a 6 p.m. contest.
Marty Stamper is a sports writer for The Meridian Star. E-mail him at mstamper@themeridianstar.com or phone him at 693-1551, ext. 3234.

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