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Buntin’s 4-inning no-hitter caps sweep
by Blake D. Long
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BOONEVILLE -- Chelsea Buntin did not realize until after Wednesday’s contest was over that she had etched her name into the Northeast Mississippi Community College softball record book.

Buntin tossed a four-inning no-hitter for the Tigers in a 15-0, run-rule shortened victory over Coahoma Community College in the nightcap of a Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) North Division doubleheader at David Carnell Memorial Field.

The freshman from Glen struck out four and allowed just one base runner in the entire matchup when Kendall Jenkins reached on a fielding error in the third inning.

“When I’m out there pitching, I don’t really thing about stuff like that,” said Buntin. “Everything was working pretty good today I thought. This feels great, it really does.”

The right-hander threw just 50 pitches, 30 of them strikes, in the four-inning affair. Buntin (5-8) also started the first game of the afternoon against the visiting Tigers, a 17-1 triumph by Northeast, and earned the win in both contests.

“She came out and competed,” said Northeast head coach Jody Long. “She felt like she had the team on her shoulders today. She kind of settled down and did a good job.”

The Tigers held a 1-0 lead after two frames in the second matchup after Lacy Blakney doubled and courtesy runner Mirah Terry scored on a wild pitch.

Northeast turned the momentum in the third after two big plays. Marla Rudd made the first with a sharp line drive over pitcher’s head and under the centerfielder’s glove.

The speedy Rudd raced her way around the bases and touched home plate on the three-base error to extend the Tigers’ advantage to 2-0.

Five batters later, Whittney Gee connected on a two-run home run over the left-centerfield wall. The first long ball of Gee’s collegiate career put Northeast ahead 5-0 after three.

A combination of big hits throughout the batting order helped the Tigers wrap up the sweep early in the next frame. Audrey Goss plated Sydney Martin on her first hit in a Northeast uniform, a RBI double to left field, to get the inning started.

Bre Agnew and Buntin put together back-to-back run scoring singles that made the score 9-0 in favor of the Tigers (9-19, 4-4).

Abigail Rish concluded an amazing day at the ballpark with a hit that plated Agnew and Terry. Rish, an East Webster High School product, was a combined 4 for 5 in the pair of matchups with two runs scored and six RBIs.

Overall, Northeast sent twelve ladies to the plate and scored ten runs on eight hits and three walks in the fourth before the game was called.

Coahoma (0-10, 0-8) took an early 1-0 lead in the opener after Amanda Elliott walked and came home on a throwing error.

Buntin retired 17 straight batters at one point and sat down 21 of the final 22 Tigers that she faced. She totaled ten strikeouts compared to just one walk in the doubleheader.

Northeast compiled 26 hits over a span of eight innings with Agnew, Rish and Rudd notching four apiece. Rudd, a Batesville native, and Vardaman’s Gee also had four RBIs each.

The Tigers continue MACJC North Division play today at Northwest Mississippi Community College.

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