NEDERLAND — Round 1 of softball’s version of Mid County Madness goes to the Nederland Lady Bulldogs.
Nederland and Port Neches-Groves remained locked in a 0-0 tie through the first three innings until the Lady Bulldogs broke through for four innings and went on to win, 9-1. Nederland is now 3-1 in District 20-4A play while PN-G is now 2-2.
Madyson Guidry shrugged off several innings of trouble to pitch six innings. She gave up the one run and three hits to go with 10 strike outs and seven walks on 132 pitches.
Guidry worked around base runners in the first, fourth and fifth innings. PN-G’slone run came in the sixth inning after Maci Dean doubled and came in on a RBI single by Madison Resch.
Nederland had its chances to score in each of the first three innings but failed to take advantage of runners on base.
Finally, in the fourth the Lady Bulldogs broke through on PN-G starter Dean.
It was something Nederland coach Will Mallett was heard telling his team during the game. He wanted them to be patient because he felt the time would come to score runs.
“It’s going to happen,” Mallett said after the game. “We have speed and power. It only takes one little spark to start the fire.”
The spark started to appear in the bottom of the fourth when Hannah Smith and Bailey Beard led off with back-to-back singles. Braxie Gallier then was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs. Madelyn Daniel was then hit by a pitch to score Smith and then with one out, Savana Guidry turned the spark into the big fire.
Guidry smashed a pitch down the rightfield line to score all three runners to put Nederland up 4-0.
The three-run triple from Guidry also spelled the end of the night for Dean on the mound. She gave up five hits and two walks in 3.1 innings of work.