Netherton Dentistry had its close calls in the regular season of the boys 9-10 junior league, but the team’s first win never came. Then the tournament started and Netherton Dentistry lost its opening game 12-1.
At the brink of elimination and still winless, Netherton Dentistry broke through Thursday night with a 4-2 victory over Enterprise to extend its season.
Netherton Dentistry scored all its runs in the first inning, then relied on David Netherton to pitch the team to victory. Netherton obliged by going the distance and holding Enterprise to two runs on one hit while striking out 11.
Jackson Sauer started the scoring in the first inning when he knocked a double into left field to score Colton Krech and Ethan Hillis, who each reached on free passes with one out.
Cullen Lopez added to the lead with an RBI single and Carter Templeton took home on a passed ball to make it 4-0 after the top of the first.
C.J. Anthony tried to change the game quickly when he led off the bottom of the first with at triple, but it proved to be the only hit Enterprise would have.
Anthony would later score on a wild pitch and Ty Martin walked and came around on a grounder, but Enterprise left the first inning trailing 4-2. The score would stay the same the rest of the game.
Martin, who pitched the first inning for Enterprise, threw the second inning and didn’t allow a run as he struck out two. Alec Hobbs took over in the third inning and held Netherton Dentistry to one hit in the final four innings while striking out six, but Enterprise couldn’t back up the splendid pitching with runs.
Enterprise got its first two batters in the fourth inning on when Hobbs and Ben Todd drew walks, but Netherton bounced back to strike out the side and end the threat.
Enterprise had one final chance to tie in the top of the sixth, but Netherton struck out two and Martin was tagged out at home trying to steal after a passed ball to end the game.
Krech, Sauer, Templeton and Lopez had one hit each in Enterprise’s big victory.
Enterprise will try to continue its Cinderella story Tuesday with a 5:30 p.m. game in the boys junior league tournament.
The tournament will be back in action Monday when Womack Printing plays Gary Steele Karate at 5:30 p.m. Homeland Bank and State Farm follow at 7 p.m.
All tournament games will be played at Sam Martin Field and the finals are set to take place Monday, June 24 at 7 p.m.