Manila rallies past Riverside in area softball action

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Lady Lion pitcher Jordyn applies the tag on Lady Rebel Bailey Fisher on a bang bang play at the plate during high school softball action Tuesday afternoon at Lake City.

Manila capped off a busy week on the softball diamond, posting an 8-2 victory over Buffalo Island Central in the Bearcat Blast Saturday afternoon in Jonesboro. The Lady Lions, now 5-4 on the year, began their six game week with a come from behind 12-7 win over Riverside Tuesday at Lake City. Manila crushed Osceola 16-0 Thursday afternoon at home before losing 9-1 decision Friday to Harrisburg. The Lady Lions also dropped a pair of 4-2 decisions in the Bearcat Blast to Tuckerman and Gosnell.

Manila fell behind 3-0 to Riverside before Lauren Woody jacked a two-run homer on the centerfield fence to slice the Lady Rebel lead to a single run. Riverside tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the third to move ahead 5-2 before Jordyn Wheeler's two-run double in the top of the fourth cut the Riverside margin to 5-4 entering the fifth inning. The Lady Lions put a seven-spot on the board, highlighted by Woody's two-run triple, to give Manila an 11-5 advantage. The Lady Lions out-hit Riverside 15-7.

Woody finished 3-4 with a homer, triple, four RBI, and a run scored. Caitlin Holt had three doubles, scored three times and knocked in two runs. Jill Helton doubled, singled twice and scored two runs. Wheeler finished with a single, a double, three RBI and a run scored. Madison Bibbs singled twice and scored two runs. Ashley Rothwell had a pair of singles and scored a run. Sasha Pannells had a two-run single and scored a run. Mollie Beth Couch added a sacrifice fly while Tessa Pannells scored a run. Wheeler got the win, pitching seven strong innings, allowing four earned runs on four hits. Wheeler fanned 11 and walked four.

Manila's Lauren Woody (center) flashes a broad smile through her facemask after blasting a two-run homer in the Lady Lions 12-7 win over Riverside Tuesday afternoon at Lake City.

Kayli Womack took the loss, working six innings, giving up eight earned runs on 14 hits. Womack struck out nine and didn't issue a walk. Bailey Fisher worked one inning, giving up one run, one hit while striking out one batter. Womack led the Lady Rebels at the plate, going 3-3, including a double and two RBI. Fisher had a pair of doubles, one RBI and scored twice. Hannah Shinall singled, scored a run and stole three bases while Haven Robertson singled and scored a run. Brianna Campbell and Lauren Smith scored a run apiece.

The Lady Lions scored five runs in the first inning, five in the second and tacked on six more in the third in their 16-0 rout of Osceola. Manila also took the junior varsity game 20-0. Alyssa McNulty, Madison Bibbs, Sydney Adcock, Kylie Henderson, Beth Rawson, Hannah May and Ali Smith all had hits for Manila. Hannah McQueen scored three runs and had two RBI. Bibbs, Henderson, Rawson and May all had three RBI apiece. Woody picked up the win, throwing two shutout innings while striking out six.

Wheeler worked five innings of one-run ball while scattering seven hits in Manila's victory over Buffalo Island Central. The junior right hander fanned two and walked four. Helton led Manila at the plate, going 3-3 with an RBI, two runs scored and a pair of stolen bases. Tessa Pannells singled, doubled, drove in a run and scored twice. Woody had an RBI triple and scored a run. Holt ripped a two-run double while Sasha Pannells had an RBI double. Wheeler doubled and scored a run while Rothwell added an RBI and a run. Couch also scored a run for the Lady Lions.

In Friday's loss to Harrisburg, Wheeler pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up nine runs, two earned, on nine hits. Tessa Pannells and Couch had two hits apiece while Woody added a triple and a run scored. Holt and Rothwell both singled for Manila.

In Manila's 4-2 loss to Gosnell, Wheeler was the losing pitcher, working 3 2/3 innings, giving up three runs, all unearned. Wheeler allowed two hits, fanned eight and didn't walk a batter. Woody pitched 2 1/3 innings, allowing one run and one hit. The senior right hander struck out five and walked six. Holt led Manila at the plate with an RBI double. Helton doubled and scored a run, Rothwell singled while Couch scored one run.

In Tuckerman's two-run win over the Lady Lions, Wheeler worked five innings, allowing four runs, none earned. Wheeler gave up six hits, fanned four and walked none. Rothwell led Manila at the plate with a single, a double and a triple. Wheeler singled twice and scored a run. Helton singled and scored once. Taylor Hampton singled while Woody added a sacrifice fly and an RBI.

The Lady Lions return to action Tuesday, March 29, with a nonconference game at Marked Tree.

Riverside hosted Marked Tree in their conference opener Thursday afternoon at Lake City, losing 4-2 to the Lady Indians. Womack suffered the loss for the Lady Rebels, going seven innings, allowing four runs on nine hits. Womack struck out five and walked three. Delaney George led Riverside at the plate with a pair of singles. Campbell had an RBI single, Womack and Fisher both singled and scored once. Carson Smith had a single while Mallory Felton added an RBI.

Harley Daniels picked up the win for Marked Tree, striking out eight hitters. Daniels also clubbed a solo homer. Cameron Willoughby had a pair of hits while Madison Carroll drove in two runs.

The Lady Rebels host Marmaduke Monday, March 28, in 2A-3 conference action at Lake City.

BIC lost a 9-8 decision Tuesday afternoon at East Poinsett County. The Lady Mustangs also fell in nine innings, 4-3, at Marked Tree Monday afternoon. Emma Gean's game winning RBI in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Lady Indians the victory.

Marmaduke shut out BIC 11-0 Thursday afternoon at Monette. Bailey Bridges and Tabitha Hyten both had three hits apiece for the Lady Greyhounds. Natalie Lentz, Jordan Mays and Sammi Henry had two hits apiece.

The Lady Mustangs return to action Tuesday, March 29,, with a doubleheader at Cross County.

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