Lady Bulldogs blast Kinston
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 14, 2018
The Andalusia Lady Bulldogs jumped out front and coasted past the Kinston Lady Bulldogs for a 15-3 win on Tuesday in Kinston.
Mary Katherine Salter drew a walk to start the game and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Olivia Amerson.
Millie Manring followed with a single to give the Lady Bulldogs runners at the corners.
Alana Nettles then gave Andalusia a lead that wouldn’t relinquish as she belted a three-run home run to center field.
Andalusia then loaded the bases with singles from Chloe Mikel and Sydney Arnett and a walk to Sydney Ray, but the Lady Bulldogs were unable to cash in anymore runs in the opening frame.
In the top of the third inning, Arnett singled to start the inning and moved around to third on ground out from Ray.
Zaria Jones followed with a ground ball to second that allowed Arnett to score and put Andalusia up 4-1.
The Lady Bulldogs looked like they might add to their lead as they loaded the bases with two-outs, but couldn’t push another run across.
Andalusia opened the game up in the top of the fourth inning as Mikel kicked things off with a one-out double.
Arnett then blasted a home run to give the Lady Bulldogs 6-1 lead.
A few batters later, Salter drove in a run to put the Lady Bulldogs up 8-1.
Arnett’s strong day at the plate continued as she connected on her second two-run home run in the top of the fifth inning to give Andalusia a 10-1 advantage.
Kinston added two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, but Andalusia would quickly get them back in the top of the sixth with RBI singles from Manring and Nettles.
The Lady Bulldogs capped off the scoring by taking advantage of five Kinston errors that allowed three Andalusia runners to come across the plate.
Arnett finished the game 4-for-4 with four RBIs and three runs scored.
In the pitcher’s circle, Arnett picked up the win as she struck out 10 batters and allowed just one earned run.
Nettles went 2-for-6 with four RBIs and one run scored.
Salter, Manring and Jones drove in one run each for Andalusia.