Lady Lions crush error prone Armorel 18-4

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Lady Lion outfielder Micah Lancaster prepares to throw back to the infield after snagging a fly ball during high school softball action Tuesday at Trumann. 

Manila took advantage of 12 Armorel errors and went on to hand the Lady Tigers an 18-4 defeat in high school softball action Monday at Armorel.

The Lady Tigers held a 3-2 edge entering the third inning before Manila put five runs on the board to take a 7-3 lead. Manila added four more runs in the fourth to increase their margin to 11-3 and tacked on seven more in the sixth to put the game out of reach. The Lady Lions stole five bases on the day while committing just one error.

Ashten Wallace went the distance to gain the win, giving up four runs, three earned on eight hits. Wallace fanned 11 and walked four.

Sasha Pannells blasted a homerun, tripled, had three RBI and scored twice to lead the Lady Lion offensive attack. Ali Smith singled, doubled, scored twice and drove in four runs. Ashlyn Jolly ripped an RBI triple and scored three times. Wallace contributed an RBI double and scored a run while Micah Lancaster cracked a two-run single and scored a run. Brailey Hampton singled and scored three runs. Jill Helton had two RBI and scored two runs, Madison Bibbs scored twice and swiped two bases while Sydney Adcock scored a pair of runs.

Abby Kennedy went 4-4 at the plate for Armorel, including two doubles. Kennedy took the loss on the mound, going six innings. Kennedy gave up 18 runs but only one was earned.

The Lady Lions traveled to Trumann Tuesday and fell 4-1 to the Lady Wildcats. Trumann got a run in the bottom of the first to take a 1-0 lead before Manila tied the game with a run in the top of the third on an RBI double by Helton. Trumann took the lead for good, scoring twice in the bottom of the fifth. Olivia Greenwell drove in one run with a sacrifice fly before back to back doubles by Daly Taylor and Hannah Craig put the Lady ‘Cats up 3-1. Trumann pushed across an insurance run in the sixth when Kendall Pruitt doubled. Pruitt came home when Mya Chandler drilled an RBI single.

Anna Waleszonia went the distance to pick up the win. Waleszonia gave up one unearned run on five hits and struck out 10.

Wallace suffered the loss, working six innings, allowing four runs, all earned on seven hits. Wallace whiffed five and walked three.

Bibbs had a pair of singles while Pannells and Hampton also contributed base hits for Manila.

Manila lost a heartbreaking 1-0 decision Thursday to the Lady Colts. The two teams battled to a 0-0 tie through the first five and a half innings before Rivercrest scored the lone run of the game in the bottom of the sixth.

Erin Hardin led off the winning rally for Rivercrest with a line drive double in the gap. It would be the Lady Colts’ only hit of the day. Hardin advanced to third on a long fly by Bailee Henard and raced home when Caroline Booker delivered a sacrifice fly to right field.

Henard went the distance to gain the victory for Rivercrest. Henard scattered four hits, struck out 14 and walked three.

Wallace was the tough luck loser, allowing one run on one hit. Wallace fanned eight and issued five bases on balls.

Pannells had a pair of singles while Hampton doubled, and Jolly cracked a single.

The Lady Lions closed the week by thrashing Blytheville 15-0 in three innings on Friday. Jolly doubled, tripled, had two RBI and scored three runs to lead Manila. Pannells had a pair of singles, two RBI and two runs scored. Wallace cracked an RBI double and scored twice while Helton singled and scored a run. Adcock and Smith both had RBIs and scored one run each, Hampton and Bibbs scored two runs apiece while Lancaster scored one run.

Wallace pitched three innings, allowing one hit while fanning five batters.

The Lady Lions close out the regular season with games Monday and Tuesday. Manila hosts Marked Tree Monday before entertaining Buffalo Island Central Tuesday. The Lady Lions begin District Tournament play Thursday at Rivercrest.

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