Lady Badgers Softball Round Up

May 2nd, 2013 | By admin | Category: Sports

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By  C. MICHAEL LONG

Staff Sports Photojournalist

Courtney Shepard tags out a Batesville runner.

Courtney Shepard tags out a Batesville runner.

It was a busy week for the Lady Badger softball team that started on Wednesday,  April 24th, with a double header with their Conference foes the Lady Pioneers from Batesville on Senior Night.

In the 1st game both teams played evenly, with the Lady Badgers scoring 2 runs in the bottom of the 1st inning, after Madelyn Poe and Brittany Gentry both got on base with hits and were driven in by Courtney Shepard making the score 2-0. The Lady Pioneers were able to put a run on the board in the top of the 4th inning after 3 singles and a sacrifice fly – making the score 2-1 in a hard fought battle between the teams,

The score stayed at 2-1, as Ellie Reaves dominated on the mound, until the bottom of the 4th inning and a couple of Lady Badgers were able to get on base and Madelyn Poe doubled bringing in Annlee Glass and Baylee Halford making the score 4-1.

The final 3 innings remained the same during the pitching duel and the ladies defense held up for the remainder of the game  - giving them a  4-1 victory in the 1st game.

The Lady Pioneers changed pitchers in the 2nd game and that was the break the Lady Badgers were looking for. Ellie allowed a couple of hits to begin the game and the Lady Pioneers took a 1-0 lead going into the bottom half of the 1st – but that was short lived, as the Lady Badgers bats came alive in the bottom of the 1st and garnered 4 hits and a sacrifice fly on their way to scoring 3 runs and taking a 3-1 lead.

Ellie continued her dominance on the mound throughout the game, only allowing 4 more hits as the Lady Badgers continued to score at will. After scoring 2 more runs in the bottom of the second, making it 5-1, the Lady Badgers got 7 hits (including 3 doubles) on their way to scoring 4 more runs in the bottom of the 3rd to make it 9-1. But they were not finished there, as they scored 3 more runs in the bottom of the 4th on 2 singles and 2 more doubles, to push the score out of reach at 12-1 and finish off the Lady Pioneers.

After the game, Coach Chambers had this to say about his team, “ We did not score like we should have in the 1st game, but – we made some good defensive plays. Ellie started slow but picked it up in the 2nd game, although her 1st 6 outs in the 1st game were strikeouts. I was pleased with our scoring in the 2nd game. We need all 9 players to play well going into post season though. Madelyn Poe had 2 good games and played solid ball tonight.”

Coach closed by saying, “ Annlee Glass (the lone Senior on the ladies team) has been the best team player I’ve ever had. She has done everything I’ve ever asked of her – from pitching to playing a role player, she has been great.”

(Look for story on Annlee accomplishments at Beebe High in the next issue)

On Thursday, April 25th, the 26-2 Brookland Lady Bearcats visited the Lady Badgers and it was a much different team than they had played just 24 hours earlier. Brookland’s pitching was far superior to Batesville’s pitching and the Lady Badgers struggled at the plate all night.

The game was a pitcher’s duel until the bottom of the 2nd inning when the Lady Badgers were able to get 3 hits and score a run to make it 1-0 after 2 innings. The game stayed tight throughout, with neither team able to do much at the plate. The Lady Bearcats were able to score a run in the top of the 7th inning after a couple of hits and tie the game at 1-1. The Lady Badgers had their chances in the bottom of the 7th with 4 hits – but were unable to score due to Brookland’s outstanding defensive plays.

The game then went into extra innings and the International tiebreaker rule was put into effect (a runner is placed on 2nd base in extra innings when the game is tied after regulation play) Neither team could do anything in the 8th inning – but Brookland was able to get a lone hit to drive in the runner in the top of the 9th inning, making the score 2-1, Lady Bearcats. The Lady Badgers had their chances – driving the runner to 3rd base in each of the extra innings – but just could not get the runner across the plate, as the Lady Bearcats won the contest 2-1.

The Lady Badgers are now 21-4 overall and 11-1 in Conference play.

After the game, Coach Chambers said, “ This was a tough loss to a great team – we struggled putting the ball into play today against their pitcher. In both extra innings we had a runner at 3rd base and just could not score and if you can’t do that, you’re going to be in trouble in this Conference. We both played well and Ellie pitched well  - they got timely hits when they needed them to win the game. We just need to focus on going to Blytheville and playing for an outright Conference Championship on Tuesday now.”

The ladies will travel to Blytheville to take on the Lady Chickasaws on Tuesday, April 30th, to do just that. The Lady Badgers last home game before the State Tournament in Hope will be Monday, May 6th, against Searcy at Bro. Erwin Field.