Harmony Grove ends Lady Lion state tourney run with 7-0 shutout
Manila wins 14-10 slugfest over Smackover in 3A state opener
Kristen Dempsey and L.J. Helmich combined on a one-hitter, leading Harmony Grove-Haskell to a 7-0 shutout over Manila in the quarterfinals of the 3A State Softball Tournament Friday afternoon at Harrison. Dempsey worked the first four innings, fanning nine Lady Lions. Helmich finished up, pitching the final three, striking out three batters, as the two hurlers combined for 12 strikeouts on the day.
The Lady Cardinals took a 1-0 lead in the first inning before tacking on three more in the second to take a 4-0 lead. Faith Otts belted a two-run triple, highlighting Harmony Grove's second inning rally. The Lady Cardinals plated three more runs in the fourth inning to push their advantage to 7-0.
Harmony Grove finished with 12 hits on the afternoon while Manila had five. Ashley Rothwell led the Lady Lions at the plate, going 2-3. Jordyn Wheeler, Mackenzie Tate and Tessa Pannells all singled to round out the Manila offense.
Wheeler pitched the first five innings for Manila and took the loss. The sophomore right hander gave up seven runs, six earned on 11 hits. Wheeler struck out two and walked four. Tessa Pannells pitched one shutout inning, surrendering one hit while issuing one base on balls.
Manila vs. Smackover
The Lady Lions kicked off state tournament play, winning a come from behind 14-10 slugfest over Smackover Thursday afternoon.
Manila fell behind 7-1 after the first two innings. Smackover built its lead behind back to back homers from Claire Arrington and Richardson.
Manila picked up a single run in the third to pull to within 7-2 before exploding for eight runs in the top of the fourth to grab a 10-7 lead. Rothwell started the Lady Lion comeback with a leadoff single. Tessa Pannells followed with another hit before Caitlin Holt laid down a bunt single, scoring Rothwell to slice the Lady Buck lead to 7-3. Jill Helton ripped an RBI single to cut the deficit to 7-4 before Wheeler cracked a two-run two-bagger to pull the Lady Lions to within a single run, 7-6. Tate evened things up with an RBI double, scoring Wheeler. Lauren Woody got in on the act with an RBI double of her own, giving Manila its first lead of the game, 8-7. Rothwell delivered her second hit of the inning, driving in another run, and later scored on a Smackover error as Manila took a 10-7 advantage entering the bottom of the fourth. The Lady Bucks answered with three runs of their own to square the game 10-10 after four innings of play.
Manila took the lead for good in the top of the sixth when Tessa Pannells slammed a run-scoring double, putting Manila ahead 11-10. The Lady Lions added another run to go ahead 12-10.
The Lady Lions put two insurance runs on the board in the top of the seventh when Woody walloped a two-run double, giving Manila a four-run cushion. Wheeler, who picked up the win, shut out the Lady Bucks over the last three innings to preserve the victory.
The two teams combined for 34 hits, 20 by Manila and 14 for Smackover while banging out 15 extra base hits on the day.
Wheeler worked seven innings, giving up nine earned runs on 14 hits. Wheeler fanned one and walked five.
Tate went 4-5 with a pair of doubles, scored three times and drove in a run. Tessa Pannells was 3-4, including a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Woody belted three doubles, drove in four runs and scored once. Holt went 3-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Rothwell was 3-4, scored three times and drove in a run. Wheeler singled, doubled, had two RBI and crossed the plate once. Sasha Pannells tripled and scored once while Jill Helton had an RBI double and scored a run. Taylor Hampton also scored a run.
Lady Lions claim state tournament berth
Manila's Lady Lions earned a trip to the 3A State Tournament with a 4-1 victory over Green Forest in the first round of the 3A Regional Softball Tournament at Harrison.
Sophomore right hander Jordyn Wheeler went the distance to gain the victory while Jill Helton delivered a perfect 3-3 day at the plate to lead Manila's offense. Wheeler allowed one earned run while scattering 10 hits on the day. Wheeler finished with nine strikeouts and displayed excellent control, allowing no base on balls.
Manila got on the board with a run in the bottom of the first when Sasha Pannells lofted a sacrifice fly, scoring Wheeler who had cracked a one-out double. The Lady Lions plated two more runs in the bottom of the second. Caitlin Holt smacked a double, scoring Helton, who led off the inning with a triple. Mollie Beth Couch brought Holt home with a ringing single to give Manila a 3-0 lead.
The Lady Lions tacked on another run in the bottom of the sixth. Helton walloped a double, her second extra base hit of the game, and came around to score on an RBI single by Taylor Hampton, upping the Manila advantage to 4-0.
Green Forest scored a run in the top of the seventh, but Wheeler shut the door on the Lady Tigers, sending Manila to the semifinals.
Helton singled, doubled, tripled and scored twice. Couch and Ashley Rothwell both went 2-3 at the plate while Hampton had a pair of hits. Wheeler, Holt, Mackenzie Tate and Lauren Woody all chipped in singles.
The Lady Lions fell in the semifinals, dropping a 7-1 decision to Melbourne Saturday afternoon.