Lady Mohawks Fall in First Round of 3A State Tourney

Thursday, May 21, 2015
Piggott's Devyn Staples had a strong spring for the Tribe both in the circle and at the plate, and will be back next year as she's just a junior.(photo courtesy Frank Staples Photography)

The Piggott Lady Mohawk softball team's postseason run ended Thursday, May 14, as they fell to the Lady Dragons of Genoa Central High School. The Tribe had a great late season drive to gain the postseason spot, winning the conference with an unbeaten record and then rolling through the district tournament to the championship in 3A-3. Behind strong pitching and good offense, they advanced to the regional final at Bergman, only to lose a rain-delayed championship game.

After pounding Yellville-Summit in the first round of the regional 7-1, the Tribe posted a come from behind win over Valley Springs 8-5 in the semi only to have the championship game with Melbourne pushed back a day due to weather. In the final the road weary Mohawks fell behind early and dropped a 4-0 decision.

But, by virtue of their regional runner-up finish the Tribe drew third seeded Genoa Central in the bottom half of the 3A state tourney bracket, which was also played at Harrison.

The Lady Dragons got a strong pitching performance from Bailey Flournoy, as they held the Tribe to just one unearned run on two hits and one walk over seven innings as they took the contest 9-1.

Shelby Morgan got a lead-off triple for the Tribe, but was left stranded setting the tone for the remainder of the contest. The lone run came on an error as MaKalia Beck scored at home, sliding under the tag.

But, the young squad loses only one senior to graduation, as McKenzie Hopkins has completed her high school career and will be off to play volleyball at Williams Baptist. Otherwise, the talented young Mohawks will return the core of both the offensive and defensive efforts.

"I am so proud of these girls and the team they have become," noted head coach Nikki Speer of the season. "I am looking forward to a great season next year. This team will have big expectations."

In the upper half of the bracket the Lady Lions of Manila beat Smackover 14-10, and then fell in the second round to Harmony Grove-Haskell 7-0.

Genoa Central beat Atkins in the second round, and was then beaten by Bald Knob 10-0 in Saturday's semi-final. Harding Academy downed Harmony Grove-Haskell 4-2 in the other semi, setting up this Friday's state championship game between the Lady Bulldogs and Lady Lions at Fayetteville.

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