Badger Baseball and Softball Round-UpApr 17th, 2014 | By admin | Category: Sports
The Badger baseball and softball teams played host to the Wynne Yellowjackets in Conference double headers on Wednesday, April 9th – here is a run down of all the action:
In boys action: In the 1st game the Badgers – behind the fine pitching of Angus Denton, who struck out 12 Yellowjackets in a complete game – won 4–1. Denton only allowed 3 hits as Wynne committed 3 errors. The Badgers scored their 4 runs behind the bats of Denton, Justin Underwood, Kord Simpson and Dawson Burge. The Badgers scored 2 runs in the 4th inning and 2 runs in the 5th inning – while only allowing Wynne to score their lone run in the 2nd inning.
In the 2nd game the Badgers ran into a buzz saw named Landon McFadden on the mound and dropped the contest 4-1. McFadden was nearly flawless in the game, as he struck out 15 Badger batters and only gave up one hit, one that was a towering home run to John Underwood in the 4th inning. The Badgers gave up 3 runs in the 3rd inning and 1 run in the 4th inning. McFadden sat down the Badgers 1st 11 batters before Underwood’s home run in the 4th inning.
After the games, Coach Crafton commented “ In the 1st game Angus Denton pitched well and we played great ball behind his pitching – as we put the ball in play several times. In the 2nd game their pitcher was on top of his game and our youth showed. We did not execute and made too many base running mistakes after making some big hits. We just need to put a 7 inning ball game together.”
The split with Wynne leaves the Badgers at 6-8 overall and 3-3 in Conference play with only two more home dates remaining on the schedule – the Badgers will play Cabot on April 25th and their last Conference double header will be against Blytheville on May 6th.
In girls action: In the 1st game against the Lady Yellowjackets, the Lady Badgers wasted no time getting on the board behind the fine hitting of Madelyn Poe, Calah Hill, Nikita Howell and Courtney Shepard, as they scored 3 runs in the 1st inning, 4 runs in the 2nd inning and run ruled the Lady Yellowjackets, again behind the great hitting of Madelyn Poe, Calah Hill and once again Nikita Howell, scoring their final 3 runs in the 4th inning (while holding the Lady Yellowjackets scoreless behind the superb pitching of Ellie Reeves) giving them a decisive 10-0 win. Two of the Lady Badger runs came from two back-to-back home run bombs from Freshman Nikita Howell, marking the 1st time in Coach Chambers short career here at Beebe High that has happened. All in all – it was a dominant performance by the Lady Badgers.
In the 2nd game – the Lady Yellowjackets were completely shell shocked and the Lady Badgers took full advantage behind the bats of Poe and Howell once again and jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the 1st inning. The Lady Badgers also played great on the field, as well as behind the plate – not letting the Lady Yellowjackets have many opportunities to get on base – while continuing to score 2 more runs in the 3 rd inning and 6 big runs in the 4th inning – again behind the timely hitting of the top of their roster (Poe, Hill, Howell) as well as Haley Dinapoli, Megan Davlin and Courtney Caldwell all getting into the action and running the score up to 10-0 after 4 innings. The Lady Badgers sealed the deal with hits coming again from Poe and Hill in the top of the 5th inning – after Wynne scored their lone run of the day in the bottom of the 4th inning, giving the Lady Badgers their second run rule victory of the day, 11-1. A dominating performance from start to finish for this young team that only has one senior on the roster, Madelyn Poe.
Following the game, Coach Chambers presented Nikita with 2 game balls for her outstanding performance and 2 back to back home runs and had this to say about the day’s action, “We haven’t had back to back home runs since I’ve been here and Nikita is only a Freshman – we are looking for big things from her to come. We had a little problem with Wynne in an earlier tournament – but this time we took care of business (outscoring them 20-1). I feel like our hitting is getting better and we drove the ball well. Ellie did not pitch her best games due to a finger injury – but she will be fine and we did a good job backing her up with our bats.”
The sweep of Wynne puts the Lady Badgers at 14-2 overall and 6-0 in Conference play. The Lady Badgers only have 2 more home games remaining before the State Tournament begins and those are April 28th against Harding Academy and their last Conference double header against Blytheville on May 6th. Come out and enjoy some great softball as the Lady Badgers storm into the State Championship!