Mohawk Baseball and Softball Update

Thursday, April 14, 2016
Piggott's Paige Choate at the plate. (TD photo/Tim Blair)

The Piggott Lady Mohawks dropped a pair of key conference games in the past week, falling to Rivercrest 1-0 Thursday afternoon and losing 6-3 to Manila on Monday.

In last Thursday's contest, the Tribe spotted the visiting Lady Colts the single run early in the contest, then held the visitors scoreless the remainder of the ballgame. But, the Rivercrest pitching was also up to the challenge, as they completed the shut-out, despite allowing the Mohawks to get the tying run to third base in the late innings.

Hannah Powell got the start for the Tribe, and took the loss, with Devyn Staples coming on in relief.

The Mohawks were scheduled to travel to Osceola on Tuesday afternoon, for a conference doubleheader with the Seminoles, although final scores and stats were not available as of press time. They'll return home this Thursday, April 14, for a non-conference game with the Lady Tigers of Armorel. Friday afternoon they're slated to host the Kennett Lady Indians, and on Saturday are scheduled to take part in the Marmaduke Classic. Next Monday, April 18, the Lady Greyhounds are scheduled to visit Independence Park with both the varsity and junior varsity scheduled to play. The following day, Tuesday, April 19, they're slated to visit Rivercrest to complete the home-and-away series with the Lady Colts.

Baseball

The Piggott Mohawks dropped two conference games in the past week, falling 5-2 at Osceola last Thursday and then dropping a 7-3 decision at Hoxie on Monday.

Osceola

The Mohawks got off to a good start at Osceola Thursday, plating a run to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. But, the Seminoles responded with three runs of their own in the home half of the inning to make it 3-1. Both teams scored in the second, as the Mohawks put up one more run to make it a 3-2 ballgame. But, in the bottom of the inning Piggott starter Bret Fuller was chased by the Seminole batters after giving up another run to make it 4-2. During the short appearance, Fuller walked six of the Seminoles, and gave up four earned runs. But, on the bright side, all of the outs he recorded in one and two-third innings were by way of the strikout.

Hayden Lemmons then came on in relief with two out in the second, and pitched the remaining innings giving up just three walks and no hits while striking out nine.

After the turbulent second inning both pitchers settled-in, with Osceola adding an insurance run in the fifth inning to set the final at 5-2.

Fuller was 2 for 3 on the game, and drove in the Mohawk's only earned run. Meanwhile, Elijah Bellers was 2 for 3 and scored one of the Tribe's runs, Brice Howard was 1 for 3 and Dylan Bellers was 1 for 4.

Hoxie

Despite the recent rain, the Mohawks traveled to Hoxie Monday afternoon and dropped a 7-3 contest. The host Mustangs took advantage of a big fifth inning, as they scored six of their runs in the frame en route to the victory.

Josh Lyman got the start for the Tribe, and worked four scoreless innings before getting into trouble in the fifth and taking the loss. As for the Mohawks, they scored two runs in the third, and added another in the top of the fifth, as they enjoyed a 3-0 advantage after four and a half.

But, Lyman's struggles in the home half of the inning accounted for five Hoxie runs to make it 5-3 Mustangs. Spencer Hardin then came on in relief, and gave up one more run in the inning to make it 6-3. Hoxie added another run off Hardin in the bottom of the sixth to set the final at 7-3.

Quentin Reeves, Howard and Fuller were all 1 for 3 with a walk, while Elijah Bellers was 1 for 3 on the game.

The Mohawks were scheduled to visit the Rivercrest Colts Tuesday afternoon, although the final score and stats were not available as of press time. They were slated to be back in action this Thursday, April 14, with a home game against Blytheville and will visit Manila next Tuesday, April 19.

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