Lady Mohawks Sweep Manila, Fall at Kennett

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Allison Crittenden waits for the ball at first in action Monday afternoon at Kennett (photo courtesy Frank Staples Photography)

The Piggott Lady Mohawks swept a pair of conference games from the Manila Lady Lions last week at Independence Park, then dropped a non-conference game Monday afternoon at Kennett. The Tribe was scheduled to be back in action Thursday, making up a set with Osceola that was postponed March 25 due to weather.

Manila Games

The Tribe hosted Manila Thursday, April 28 for a conference double-header and swept the day. In the early contest the Mohawks notched a 6-3 victory as freshman Devyn Staples got the nod, and struck out three Lady Lions en-route to the win. Another freshman, MaKalia Beck, caught for the Mohawks and went two for two at the plate.

Staples again took to the mound for the nightcap, getting three strikeouts and walking no batters, as the Mohawks cruised to the 11-6 win. Staples also went three for four at the plate, while another freshman, Taylor Choate, also went three for four while Beck was two for three on the game.

"These were a couple of great conference wins for us," Lady Mohawk Head Softball Coach Nikki Speer noted. "It is exciting to see what a big future we have for Lady Mohawk softball."

Kennett Game

The Lady Mohawks traveled to Kennett Monday, April 1 for a non-conference game and fell to the Lady Indians 14-8 in seven innings. For the Tribe, freshman Shelby Morgan got the nod and pitched the first three innings. Then, another talented freshman, Devyn Staples, came on and finished the contest out pitching the final four innings while striking out two.

At the plate freshman Taylor Choate drove in two runs, Staples went three for four with an RBI and senior Mallory Wright was two for three.

"We made some mistakes that set us back and made it hard," Speer said of the loss."But, I was very proud to see my team fight back in the fifth inning and make a five-run rally to cut the Indian's lead to just two. We had another short burst of hope in the sixth inning, scoring two more runs on a two-out rally by Melinda Blackmon."

Speer also noted the young team did see some benefit from the loss. "In the end we did not end up on top, but we got to see some things that we need to work on--and we showed a lot of great "come from behind" spirit," she added.

The Mohawks are scheduled to host Osceola Thursday, April 4 with first pitch set for 4 p.m. Following the non-conference game with NMCC Saturday, the Tribe will resume 3A-3 action with a visit to Hoxie Monday, April 8 for a doubleheader with the Lady Mustangs. The following Monday, April 15 they're slated to host the Lady Colts of Rivercrest, and Tuesday, April 16 the Corning Lady Bobcats visit Independence Park.

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