Lady Mustangs pound out 14-1 win over Riverside
Karla Marroquin laced a two-run double to highlight Buffalo Island Central's three run first inning and the Lady Mustangs went on to a convincing 14-1 victory over Riverside Tuesday afternoon in 2A-3 high school softball action at Monette.
Marroquin went the distance on the mound to pick up the victory as the Lady Mustangs improved to 9-5 overall and 7-1 in league play. The right-hander gave up just two hits while striking out five Lady Rebels.
BIC picked up a pair of runs in the second inning, thanks to a two-run single off the bat of second baseman Jenna Pike. The Lady Mustangs blew the game open, scoring eight runs in the third inning. Pike, Demi Hargrove, and Megan Misner all had run scoring singles, while Ashley Jines and Shelby Qualls added an RBI apiece, igniting the Mustang scoring barrage. BIC added a single run in the bottom of the fourth inning to round out the scoring on the day.
Rebecca Frayer got Riverside's first hit with a bunt single in the top of the third while Katey Campbell singled and scored the Lady Rebel's only run in the fourth inning. Campbell came home on a bases loaded RBI walk to Kendra Staggs.
"We are having a pretty good season so far," said BIC coach Carey Cossey. "We are tied for first place in the conference with Marked Tree, but the next two weeks are going to be big. We just hope to keep playing well and make a run in the post season and go from there."
BIC began the week with a 5-1 defeat at Marked Tree. Marroquin took the loss on the mound, giving up five runs, all unearned. Marroquin allowed five hits, struck out four and issued just one walk.
"We made too many mistakes in the Marked Tree game," said Cossey. "All of Marked Tree's runs came off of our errors, but that's taking nothing away from them. They are a very good team."
BIC plated their only run of the game in the fifth inning when Marroquin tripled and came home on Megan Misner's sacrifice fly. Marroquin and Misner both went 2-3 at the plate while Demi Hargrove added a double and Jena Pike singled.
Hannah Ghant struck out 10 Lady Mustangs and picked up the victory for the Lady Indians. Skylar Mullins had an inside the park home run to spark Marked Tree's attack.
The Lady Mustangs will return to the diamond with a pair of doubleheaders on the road. BIC travels to Marmaduke Monday before taking on Armorel Tuesday afternoon. Both games are set to begin at 4:00 p.m.
Riverside will begin the week with a pair of road games, traveling to Lepanto to take on East Poinsett County Monday before visiting Cherry Valley to face Cross County in a Tuesday afternoon game. The Lady Rebels close the week hosting Rector Thursday afternoon at Caraway before hitting the road once more to take on Marked Tree Friday afternoon.