Area Softball Roundup

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Manila Lady Lions

Manila strengthened their grip on first place in the 3A-3 conference, winning three of four games last week.

The Lady Lions began the week with a doubleheader sweep of Hoxie, winning the first game 5-4 before taking the nightcap 3-0.

Hoxie took a 1-0 lead in the opener in the first inning and went up 3-1 entering the fourth inning, but the Lady Lions scored three times in their half of the fourth and added an run in the fifth to pull out the one run victory.

Kimberly Wise pitched five innings in gaining the victory, giving up four runs while allowing six hits. The freshman righthander struck out three and walked one.

Wise finished with two hits, drove in a run, and stole three bases. Katie Veach went 2-2 and scored a run while Brooke Hill also went 2-2, scored twice and stole a base. Heather Dozhier singled, scored a run and stole a base. Colleen Kemp had a single and an RBI while Michele Daniel scored a run.

In the nightcap, Manila got all the runs they needed in the first inning. Katie Donner led the game off with a triple and scored on Kimberly Wise's RBI single.

The Lady Lions added two more runs in the fourth inning. Jonna Dodd led off the inning with a double and scored on Leigh Woody's RBI triple. Brooke Hill drove in Woody with an RBI single to give Manila a 3-0 lead.

Wise went five innings, surrendering just two hits while striking out six and walking one to pick up the win.

Manila played host to Piggott Thursday afternoon, winning the first game 4-2 before dropping the nightcap 3-2.

Kimberly Wise picked up the win in the opener, going five innings. Wise struck out eight and walked one while giving up five hits and two runs.

The Lady Lions scored all the runs they needed in the first inning, pushing across three runs. Jonna Dodd had an RBI double in Manila's three run first while Brooke Hill added an RBI single.

Kimberly Wise had an RBI single in the second inning. Colleen Kemp also added a hit for the Lady Lions. Donner, Veach and Dozhier all scored runs for Manila.

Wise picked up the loss in the nightcap, despite giving up just four hits and one earned run. Wise struck out two and walked two.

Donner, Wise, Veach, Hill, Woody and Daniel all had hits for Manila. The Lady Lions scored both their runs in the third inning. Woody led off the inning with a single and advanced to second when Kemp drew a base on balls. Daniel had an RBI single and Wise followed with another RBI single.

Piggott scored two runs of their own in the third and picked up the game winner in the bottom of the fifth. Jessica Ingram picked up the win for Piggott.

The loss drops Manila to 18-5 overall and 10-3 in conference play.

Manila will return to action Monday when they travel to Marmaduke to face the Lady Greyhounds in a 3A-3 conference doubleheader. The Lady Lions will go to Harrisburg Tuesday afternoon to take on the Lady Hornets to close out the conference season. Manila will participate in the District Tournament which runs April 20-24 at Brookland. The Lady Lions will enter the tournament as either a number one or number two seed and likely will not see action until Monday, April 23.

Riverside Lady Rebels

Riverside hit the road last week and came up empty, as the Lady Rebels dropped 2A-3 conference games to Rector and Marked Tree.

The Lady Rebels traveled to Rector Monday afternoon and came up on the short end of a 14-4 decision, as Rector's Abbe McCarroll came up a home run shy of hitting for the cycle as the Lady Cougars improved to 8-4 overall and 5-3 in conference play. McCarroll had a single, a double, and a triple, while Skye Shepard picked up three hits and drove in a pair of runs. Sarah Fannin also added a hit and drove in three more runs. Elizabeth Loveless went the distance to pick up the win, scattering nine hits while allowing four runs.

Katey Campbell had a pair of hits and drove in two runs for Riverside. Kelsey Turner also added a pair of base hits for the Lady Rebels.

Riverside traveled to Marked Tree Tuesday afternoon and dropped a doubleheader to the Lady Indians, losing the first game 2-1 before falling in the nightcap 11-2.

Hannah Ghant was the winning pitcher in both games, as Marked Tree improved to 13-8 overall and 6-2 in league play. Ghant also went 2-2 at the plate in the nightcap. Christy Plunkett and Samantha Blagg led Marked Tree offensively in the opener.

Riverside will return to action Monday afternoon when they play host to Cross County in a 2A-3 conference game at Lake City. The Lady Rebels will host Crowley's Ridge Academy in another conference tilt at 4:30 Tuesday afternoon at Lake City and will wrap up the conference season with a 4:00 game against league leading Bay at 4:00 Thursday afternoon at Lake City. The Lady Rebels will begin District Tournament play Friday at Marked Tree.

Buffalo Island Central Lady Mustangs

Buffalo Island Central dropped a doubleheader at Bay Monday afternoon, losing the opener 1-0 and the nightcap 4-0.

Lady Yellowjacket Lauren Robbins pitched the shutout in the opener, striking out two while walking none in going in the distance on the mound. Taylor Winningham's single and a passed ball produced the winning run for the Lady Yellowjackets.

Bay completed the sweep in the nightcap behind Lacy Staton, who struck out eight while walking just three. Hannah Moore had an RBI triple while Kalie Roedel and Jordan Ferguson added RBI singles. Kim Novalick, Taylor Winningham and Lacy Staton also had hits for Bay, who improved to 8-1 overall and 6-0 in 2A-3 league play.

BIC will hit the road, traveling to Trumann to take on the Lady Wildcats in a 4:00 non-conference game Monday afternoon at 4:00. The Lady Mustangs will journey to Marked Tree to play the Lady Indians in a 2A-3 conference match-up Tuesday at 4:00, before wrapping up the conference season on the road against Crowley's Ridge Academy Thursday afternoon at Paragould. The Lady Mustangs will play in the District Tournament at Marked Tree beginning Friday, April 20, through Monday, April 23.

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