LITHIA — Newsome leadoff hitter Stefone Nelson did not get off to a good start in Friday's game against Class 5A, District 8 rival Riverview. Her single in the bottom of the first inning was ruled an out because she stepped out of the batter's box.
The sophomore atoned for that miscue by legging out an inside-the-park grand slam in Newsome's 9-3 win. Nelson, who also singled and scored, belted her first homer of the season in a five-run sixth that broke open a close game.
"I saw I had my teammates on, and I just needed to hit them in," Nelson said of her deep line drive to rightfield. "I watched it a little bit, but I had to get on my horse or they'd yell at me."
Newsome (16-7) swept three games from Riverview this season, with the most recent win perhaps the most surprising because the Sharks outhit the Wolves 10-4.
"It's hard to beat a team three times," Newsome coach Dawn Vanella said. "We only had four hits, but they came at key times."
Nelson's homer was the only hit in Newsome's big inning. The Wolves took advantage of Riverview pitcher Taylor McCoy's control problems, getting runners on via three walks and an error, and scoring an unearned run on a wild pitch.
Winning pitcher Ally Lendenham worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the first and stranded two runners in the third.
Newsome took a 1-0 lead in the second on Brittny Hegenauer's run-scoring single, but Riverview (9-12) went ahead with three runs in the fifth. The Sharks got six hits in that frame, including RBI singles by McCoy, Krystal Holman and Katrice Sabb.
Newsome got all three runs back in its half of the fifth. Brittany Olsen and Nelson scored on wild pitches and Brittany Gunn scored on Chelsey Brooks' sac fly.