Lady Lions gear up for district tournament with three wins

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Manila center fielder Sasha Pannells makes a leaping catch Monday afternoon against Trumann. Leftfielder Caitlin Holt looks on.

Manila picked up three wins, including two 3A-3 conference victories over a four-game span in high school softball action last week. The Lady Lions kicked off a busy week, dropping a 10-0 decision to Trumann Monday afternoon at home. Manila bounced back Tuesday afternoon on the road at Corning, defeating the Lady Bobcats 8-3. Manila blitzed Hoxie 21-0 Thursday before closing the week with a 12-3 decision over Marked Tree Friday on the road.

Trumann scored seven runs in the first inning with the aid of three Lady Lion errors to jump out in front of Manila. The Lady Wildcats added a single run in the fourth and tacked on two more in the fifth to complete a 10-0 shutout over the Lady Lions.

Mackenzie Tate and Sasha Pannells cracked singles for Manila. Jordyn Wheeler absorbed the loss, pitching five innings. Wheeler allowed nine hits, four earned runs while striking out three and walking three.

Lady Lion pitcher Jordyn Wheeler guns down a Trumann runner after fielding a comebacker Monday afternoon at Manila. Lady Lion third baseman Tessa Pannells watches the action.

The Lady Lions scored five times in the first three innings and went on to down Corning 8-3 Tuesday. Manila held a slim 3-1 edge entering the top of the third, but picked up two big runs, highlighted by Lauren Woody's RBI triple to increase their lead to 5-1. Manila tallied two more runs in the fifth and added another score in the sixth to put the game away.

Wheeler went the distance to earn the win, allowing just one earned run on four hits. The sophomore right hander fanned nine Lady Bobcats while issuing three base on balls.

Jill Helton had a big day at the plate, going 3-4 with an RBI. Woody finished with a pair of hits and an RBI. Wheeler had two singles, scored once and drove in a run. Ashley Rothwell was 2-2 with two RBI and a run scored. Tessa Pannells had two hits and scored once. Caitlin Holt had a two-run single and scored a run while Taylor Hampton added a hit. Tate scored twice.

The Lady Lions scored 11 runs in the first two innings and tacked on 10 more in the fourth in Manila's 21-0 pounding of Hoxie Thursday on the road.

Lady Lion Mackenzie Tate belts a single during high school softball action against Trumann Monday afternoon at Manila.

Woody and Sasha Pannells both stole home as the Lady Lions scored three runs in the first inning. Two-run doubles by Woody and Hampton highlighted Manila's eight run second inning.

Wheeler got the win, pitching four shutout innings, allowing just one hit. Wheeler whiffed seven batters and walked two.

Hampton finished 3-4 at the plate with four RBI and two runs scored. Woody and Sasha Pannells both had two hits, three RBI and scored three times. Tate singled, scored once and drove in three runs. Tessa Pannells had a two-run single and scored three runs. Rothwell singled and scored three times. Wheeler crossed the plate three times and drove in a run. Holt scored twice and had an RBI while Helton scored a run and had one RBI.

Manila completed the week with a 12-3 win Friday at Marked Tree. Tessa Pannells got the victory, going four innings, allowing three runs and two hits. Pannells fanned five and walked seven. Wheeler pitched one scoreless inning, striking out two and walking three.

The two teams were tied 3-3 after three innings of play before Manila exploded for seven runs in the fourth inning, highlighted by Tessa Pannell's homerun and Rothwell's RBI single.

Tessa Pannells finished 2-3 with four RBI and a run scored. Woody went 2-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Wheeler singled and scored twice. Helton and Hampton both singled and scored runs. Rothwell finished with a single, two runs scored and a pair of RBI. Sasha Pannells scored twice and drove in a run while Tate crossed the plate once and had one RBI.

The Lady Lions begin district tournament play Friday afternoon at Rivercrest.

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