Baseball, softball seasons get underway for Manila

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Manila fell twice last week in high school softball action, losing 12-0 Thursday to Westside before dropping a 21-10 decision to Rivercrest on Friday.

Westside's Lauren Smith doubled twice and drove in three runs while Kaitlyn Jackson singled, doubled and tacked on two RBI. Valerie Bowen added a single, a double and an RBI while Scout Harrison belted a single. Paige Cox pitched five shutout innings, allowing five hits while striking out four to gain the win.

Tessa Pannells worked four innings and suffered the loss for the Lady Lions. Pannells gave up 11 runs, only two of which were earned, and six hits. The right hander fanned four and walked three. Sasha Pannells pitched one inning, allowing two hits and one unearned run. Hannah Teague went 2-2 to lead Manila at the plate. Sasha Pannells doubled while Madison Bibbs and Jill Helton both laced singles.

Manila jumped to a 5-1 lead over Rivercrest after two innings, but the Lady Colts plated eight runs in the top of the third and went on to an 11-run victory over Manila Friday at Lion Field. Rivercrest out-hit Manila 13-8. Both teams committed seven errors each.

The Lady Lions will return to action Monday afternoon, hosting East Poinsett County at home in a 4:30 start. Manila travels to Brookland Tuesday afternoon before taking a road trip Thursday to Lake City to face Riverside. The Lions will play host to Corning Friday and will participate in the Batesville Tournament beginning Saturday, completing a busy week of action on the diamond.

Manila's baseball Lions battled Riverside to a 2-2 tie Thursday afternoon at Lake City. The Lions squeezed past Walnut Ridge 3-2 Friday afternoon before dropping a 13-0 decision to Westside Friday night.

Manila returns to action Monday afternoon with a home game against East Poinsett County before traveling to Brookland Tuesday.

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