Undefeated Lady Mustangs capture 2A-3 softball championship
Buffalo Island Central clinched the 2A-3 conference softball title with a 9-7 victory over Marmaduke Wednesday afternoon on the road. The two teams began the week tied for first, but the Lady Mustangs broke away from the Greyhounds, defeating Marmaduke 12-2 Monday before closing out the title with Wednesday's win.
BIC, who finished the conference season 14-0, secured Wednesday's victory despite being outhit by Marmaduke 10-5 on the day. Madison Greathouse went the distance to claim the win. Greathouse fanned eight and walked one.
BIC got on the board first, scoring six runs in the second inning, thanks to some shoddy Marmaduke defense. The Lady Greyhounds cut the lead in half with a three run third before BIC extended its lead to six runs, scoring three of their own in the fourth inning. Marmaduke fought back, scoring three runs in the sixth inning to pull to within 9-6, and scored one more run in the seventh, but fell two runs short, allowing the Lady Mustangs to celebrate the conference championship.
Blaire Wildy rapped a run scoring single and scored twice while Greathouse added an RBI double for the Lady Mustangs. Hannah Poe had a single and scored twice. Kelsey Strickland doubled and scored a run. Bailey Owens singled and scored once while Karoline Thomas added an RBI.
Marmaduke (10-6, 9-2 2A-3) was led by April Kennedy who had three hits. Deborah Pratt blasted a homerun and singled while Jordan Mays added two hits for the Lady Greyhounds.
Greathouse earned the win in Monday's 12-2 victory over Marmaduke, pitching six innings while scattering 10 hits.
The Lady Mustangs took a 5-2 lead into the sixth inning before Karoline Thomas bashed a grand slam homerun to blow the game open. Thomas finished with two hits and five RBI. "Our team has been working really hard this year, and we've been striving to do our best and come out on top in the conference. I just tried to clear my mind and not think at all about the bases being loaded. I was thinking I need to hit. It felt good when I hit it," Thomas said of her first career grand slam.
Hannah Poe went 3-4 with a double, two RBI and three runs scored while Lexi Ray also had three hits, an RBI and one run scored. Catherine Colbert had two singles, two RBI and scored three times. Bailey Owens was 2-4 with a run scored. Greathouse had an RBI single and scored once while Kelsey Strickland singled and scored a run.
April Kennedy, Caitlyn Gilliam, Brittany Banning and Jaime Clayton all had two hits apiece for the Lady Greyhounds.
BIC swept a doubleheader from East Poinsett County Tuesday afternoon at Monette, winning the opener 15-0 before taking the nightcap 8-4. Madison Greathouse pitched three shutout innings to gain the win in the first game. Hannah Poe went 3-3, drove in a run and scored once while Kensie Walker had a single and scored three times.
Lexi Ray earned her first win of the season in the second game, allowing four earned runs on nine hits while striking out three Lady Warriors. Karoline Thomas belted two triples, drove in three runs and scored twice while Ray went 3-3 at the plate. Greathouse also added a pair of singles and scored twice for the Lady Mustangs.
BIC finished a perfect week with a 20-3 shellacking Thursday afternoon over Blytheville. BIC (18-0) took advantage of 17 base on balls issued by Lady Chickasaw pitching. Madison Greathouse improved to 17-0, pitching two innings to gain the win.
Kelsey Strickland had three doubles and three RBI to lead the BIC offense. Catherine Colbert had a two run single while Kensie Walker had two hits and scored four runs.