Lady Mustangs take runner-up in district tourney
Buffalo Island Central's Madison Greathouse and Marked Tree's Peyton Carter hooked up in a pitcher's duel this past Saturday in the championship game of the Class 2A-3 girls district softball championship in Marked Tree. Carter and the Lady Indians held on for a 2-0 win to claim the title.
The pitchers were on cruise control for the first three innings of the game. Marked Tree finally broke through in the top of fourth against Greathouse. Carter reached base on an error before Shelby Knight drew a walk and was replaced by courtesy runner Caflora Hillis.
Hillis and Carter both moved up a base on a passed ball before Carter raced home on a wild pitch to make the score 1-0. Paige Blansett delivered a two-out RBI single to set the score at 2-0 after 3 and a half innings of play.
BIC (18-2) tried to make one last run in the bottom of the seventh. Bailey Owens started things off with a single. Katelyn Sparkman came on to pinch run for Owens. Carter buckled down retiring the next three batters to end the game.
Greathouse took the loss pitching all seven innings. She gave up two runs on two hits while striking out six and walking one batter.
Carter got the win also going all seven innings. She gave up no runs on four hits and struck out nine batters with no walks.
Greathouse, Callie Brooks, Kelsey Strickland and Owens all had a hit for BIC.
Blansett led Marked Tree (26-5) with a hit and a RBI. Carter added a hit and run scored as Hillis scored a run too.