MOORESVILLE—It wasn't easy, but Mooresville is moving on.
The Blue Devils, seeded third in the 4A West, downed 14th seeded and I-Meck Conference rival Hough in the second round of the playoffs Thursday night, 8-6.
The teams played hot potato with the lead in the middle innings. A wild sequence allowed Mooresville (24-3) to pull ahead for good in the bottom of the fifth. Trailing 6-5, Jentri Meadows and Caitlyn Mann produced consecutive one-out singles for the Blue Devils. Ellie Goins followed with a shot into the outfield.
Aided by a couple of errors on Goins’ hit, the two base runners scored, and Goins found a way home as well after the ball caromed off the backstop and down the first-base line.
Pitcher Kali Morton made that newfound two-run lead stand up. The Huskies (15-7) managed only one walk over the final two innings.
Goins, Macy Martin and Cassidy Amon were each 2 for 3 with an RBI.
Mariah Pearson's two-out single to the left-center gap on a 2-2 pitch count plated two runs in the bottom of the third, and the Blue Devils took a 2-0 lead.
Hough got hot in the batter's box during the top of the fourth. Jenna Borkey's run-scoring double keyed the rally.
The Huskies scored four runs on six hits in the frame. They almost had five runs, but Mooresville centerfielder Imara Harrell threw a strike to Meadows at home plate, and the catcher tagged Lacey White for the inning-ending out.
A pair of RBI singles from Anna Settlemyer and Borkey allowed the Huskies to regain the lead in the top of the fifth, 6-5.
The Blue Devils had the necessary answer in the bottom half.
BEFORE THE GAME
A moment of silence was observed before the game in honor of Mooresville Police officer Jordan Sheldon who was fatally shot during a traffic stop last Saturday night.
Mooresville advanced to the third round and will host Friday's winner between No. 6 seed Olympic (17-3) and No. 11 seed Independence (16-6).