The Associated Press
The Nederland softball team took Game 1 of a three-game Class 4A area round playoff matchup with Montgomery, beating the Lady Bears 6-4 Thursday.
Nederland scored four unanswered runs early in the game and held a 4-0 lead in the fifth. Montgomery rallied all the way back to tie it at 4-4 before Nederland scored two in the top of the seventh to take the opening game of the series.
MaKayla Kelly picked up the victory for the Lady Bulldogs.
Nederland (25-9) returns home for Game 2 of the series at 6 p.m. Friday. Game 3, if necessary, will be played 30 minutes after Game 2 ends. If Nederland wins the series, it will play the winner of Little Cypress-Mauriceville and Huntsville.