Big innings propel Lady Lions past Corning
Manila scored five runs in the first and added five more in the fifth as the Lady Lions run-ruled Corning 13-3 Thursday afternoon at home.
The Lady Lions clubbed 11 hits, led by Taylor Hampton's 3-4 performance. Hampton also drove in three runs and scored twice. Tessa Pannells, who delivered a two-run single in the fifth inning, finished the day 2-3 with a pair of RBI and two runs scored. Jordyn Wheeler had two singles and scored once. Mackenzie Tate cracked a two-run single in the first inning and also scored a run. Lauren Woody singled and scored twice while Caitlin Holt and Jill Helton added RBI singles.
Wheeler picked up the win, pitching five innings, allowing three runs, all unearned. The sophomore right hander gave up three hits, fanned eight and walked a pair of Lady Mohawks.
Manila began the week with a non-conference road trip to Gosnell, losing a one-run decision 5-4 when the Lady Pirates brought home the game winner in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Gosnell took a 1-0 lead after the first before Manila took a 2-1 edge in the top of the second, thanks to a run-scoring triple by Ashley Rothwell that plated Lauren Woody .
The Lady Pirates grabbed a 4-2 lead, scoring three runs in the bottom of the third inning. Manila evened things up in the top of the sixth, scoring a pair of unearned runs before Gosnell pushed across the game winner in the seventh.
Manila, who finished with 10 hits on the day, got a 3-4 performance at the plate from Wheeler. Rothwell went 1-3 with an RBI and a run scored while Hampton, Tate, Woody, Pannells, Holt and Helton all added singles.
Wheeler suffered the loss, pitching 6 1/3 innings, allowing five earned runs. Wheeler gave up nine hits, struck out five and issued six walks.
The Lady Lions resume play Monday afternoon with a road game against Buffalo Island Central at Monette. Manila will journey to Piggott to take on the Lady Mohawks in a 3A-3 conference matchup Tuesday afternoon.