Lady Lions run rule Piggott

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Manila catcher Ashley Rothwell takes a throw at home during high school softball action Monday at Lion Field.
By Trent Fletcher

It took just five innings for the Lady Lions to dispose of Piggott 14-1 Friday afternoon at Manila. The Lady Lions scored four times in both the first two innings and added three runs in the third and fourth frames to blow out the Lady Mohawks.

Jordyn Wheeler went the distance, allowing just one run on two hits. The senior righty fanned four and did not issue a walk. Wheeler helped her own cause, going 4-4.

Tessa Pannells had a big day at the plate with a single, double and triple, two RBI and three runs scored. Ashley Rothwell also starred offensively, producing two singles, a triple, three RBI and four runs scored. Hannah Teague singled, doubled, drove in a pair of runs and scored once while Ashlyn Jolly and Ali Smith both had RBI singles. Jill Helton scored four times, Taylor Hampton drove in a run and Amber Gonzales scored once.

Lady Lions shortstop Ashlyn Jolly eyes a popup during Tuesday afternoon's game with Trumann.†

Manila began the week, losing to East Poinsett County 3-1 Monday at Lepanto. The Lady Lions grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on Tessa Pannellís RBI single that scored Madison Bibbs, who led off the game with a base hit. The Lady Warriors rallied with three runs in the bottom of the inning, highlighted by Meagan Allenís two-run double. Neither team could score the rest of the way. EPC out-hit Manila 7-4. Hampton and Jolly added base hits for Manila.

Wheeler worked six innings, allowing three runs in taking the loss. Wheeler surrendered six hits, fanned five and walked one.

Allen went the distance, allowing just one run on four hits to gain the win for EPC. Allen struck out six and did not issue a base on balls.

Manila played host to Trumann Tuesday, and fell 10-0 to the Lady Wildcats in six innings. The Lady Lions traveled to Wilson Thursday and lost a 13-2 decision to Rivercrest.

Manila will end the regular season with a road trip Monday to Blytheville. The Lady Lions will begin district tournament play Tuesday at Corning against the host Lady Bobcats. Game time is 5:15 p.m.

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