Lady Mohawks Remain Unbeaten in Conference
The Piggott Lady Mohawks notched two conference wins in the past week, beating the Lady Colts of Rivercrest on the road last Thursday, and then posting a decisive 11-1 victory over Manila by virtue of the run-rule Tuesday afternoon at Independence Park.
The Piggott Lady Mohawks took advantage of a brief break in the wet weather, and traveled to Wilson last Thursday where they posted a 12-10 conference win over Rivercrest. With the victory the Tribe extended their conference tally to 2-0 with Devyn Staples and Hannah Powell combining for the win.
"It was a big conference win for us," Coach Nikki Speer said of the victory. "Anytime you beat Rivercrest it's a big win."
Staples got the nod, and the start, for the Tribe and worked the first four innings striking out eight of the Lady Colts in the process. Powell then came on, and Staples moved to short stop where she made several good defensive plays.
Powell, who is just a freshman, worked the fifth and sixth frames in relief while fanning two batters. But, she ran into trouble in the bottom of the seventh inning and Staples once again took to the circle with one out and the bases loaded. She struck out the first batter she faced, then got the final out of the game on a fielder's choice back to the pitcher.
Leading the way at the plate in the win for Piggott was Grayson Murray with a 3 for 5 performance, including two doubles. Powell also helped the cause with a 3 for 5 day while Tara Vaughn was 2 for 4 and Shelby Morgan also had a double in the win.
"We just haven't gotten the practice time we need to improve," Speer lamented of the wet spring. "I think we've only practiced on our own field twice--it's hard to get better when you're practicing on a parking lot."
The Lady Mohawks came out strong Monday afternoon in a home contest against Manila, and by virtue of the run-rule beat their conference foes 11-1 in four and a half innings.
Staples once again got the nod, and had a strong outing as she went the distance while giving up just three hits and fanning four of the Lady Lions.
The Tribe jumped out early in the game, and staked Staples to a seven run lead in the first inning on five hits. MaKalia Beck paced the offense on the day, as she went 3 for 3 and drove in two of the Mohawk runs. Murray also had the hot bat once again, as she went 2 for 3 with a double and a triple while driving in one run. Lexi Herren also feasted on Lion pitching, as she went 2 for 2 with one RBI while Morgan was 1 for 2 with an RBI in the win.
With the victory the Mohawks extend their conference record to 3-0, as they handed the Lady Lions their first conference loss of the season.
The Tribe is slated to host Osceola in a 3A-3 doubleheader this Thursday, April 16, at Independence Park and will travel to Hoxie this Friday for a conference game with the Lady Mustangs. Monday, April 20, they're slated to visit the Lady Bobcats at Corning--again, weather permitting, and on Thursday, April 23, they're scheduled to host the Lady Bobcats.