Lady Badgers Win Beebe/Searcy Softball InvitationalApr 18th, 2012 | By admin | Category: Sports
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By C. Michael Long
Staff Sports Writer
The Lady Badgers faced off with Nettleton Saturday April 12, in the Championship game of the Beebe/Searcy Girls Invitational Softball Tournament at Gillam Fields in Beebe. After two tough wins over Trumann and Westside, the Lady Badgers were up for the test.
Stepping up on the mound for her third straight game, Ellie Reeves had another sensational pitching performance in the contest. The top of the 1st inning saw Nettleton come out struggling against Ellie and the Lady Badger defense and only muster up one hit in the top of the inning. The Lady Badgers came out hot when Madelyn Poe doubled to start the inning, was moved to 3rd base by a sacrifice bunt by Makenzie Bingham and driven home on a sacrifice fly by Brittany Gentry, giving the Lady Badgers a 1-0 lead.
Nettleton went down in order to start the 2nd inning. The Lady Badgers also struggled on offense with only a couple of singles in the bottom of the inning and remained in the lead 1-0, at the end of two innings.
Nettleton had it’s largest flurry of the game in the top of the 3rd inning by hitting three singles, but after the Lady Badgers threw out a runner trying to steal and Ellie struck out the side, Nettleton reached base only one more time the rest of the game. The bottom of the 3rd inning was also tough for the Lady Badgers as they went down in order, but still had a 1-0 lead at the end of the inning.
The 4th and 5th inning wasn’t pretty for either team offensively, as the Lady Badgers only had one hit, compared to two straight, 3up/3 down, innings for Nettleton, due largely in part to the Lady Badgers great defensive fielding and pitching.
Nettleton flew out to start the top of the 6th inning and had a single to back it up, but great fielding came into play again for the Lady Badgers on the next play, as Lanie Reaves pulled a double play on a fly out and throw for the tag, getting the Lady Badgers out of the inning. The bottom of the 6th inning was uneventful with the Lady Badgers garnering only one single and three ground outs, ending the inning with the Lady Badgers still holding on to a 1-0 lead.
The Lady Badgers knew only three batters stood between them and the tournament championship and they retired the next three Nettleton batters in order, with great fielding once again, with two ground outs and a game wining pop up catch by Brittany Gentry at the plate. And the championship was theirs!
After the game Coach Chambers said, “I was happy with the pitching by Ellie and the standout defense, but felt the Lady Badgers needed to start working harder in the batters box.”
Congratulations to Coach Chambers and his staff, Ellie Reaves for a 20-inning pitching performance that did not allow a run to score in three straight games and the entire Lady Badger team - as it was truly a team effort! The wins put the Lady Badgers overall record at 17-6 and 6-2 in conference play.