Tribe Baseball and Softball Update

Thursday, April 21, 2016
Piggott's Hannah Powell squares to bunt, as she attempts to move the baserunner in recent action against Rivercrest.(TD photo/Tim Blair)

The Piggott Mohawk baseball squad notched 7-6 extra inning win over non-conference Blytheville on Thursday, April 14. The Tribe came from behind in the home half of the eighth inning, trailing 6-4 to notch the win.

Dylan Bellers got the start, but didn't figure in the decision for the Mohawks. He worked seven and one-third innings, giving up 6 runs on 9 hits, although only two of the runs were earned. Bellers struck-out 5 of the Chicks on the day, and walked 3. Bret Fuller came on in the top of the eighth, giving up an additional hit while striking out the final two Blytheville batters, earning the win.

The visitors plated two runs in the top of the first, as they took the early lead. Neither team scored in the second, and the Tribe answered with a pair of runs of their own in the home half of the third to tie the game at 2-2.

But, the Chicks answered in the top of the fourth with two more runs, as they led 4-2 going into the fifth. Bellers held the Blytheville batters at bay in the top of both the fifth and sixth innings, as the Mohawks responded with a run in each frame to tie the game at 4-4. And, thanks to a scoreless seventh, the contest went into extra innings.

In the top of the eighth the Chick's scored two runs off Bellers, as he left the game with just one out. Fuller then came in and got the final two outs, giving the Mohawks a chance in the home half of the frame.

And, the Tribe responded with three runs of their own in the bottom of the eighth, as they went on to post the win. On the day the Mohawks out-hit their opponents 11-10, but the home squad committed 5 errors on the day, compared to just 2 for Blytheville.

Quentin Reeves was 2 for 5 with one RBI and scored two runs, Fuller was also 2 for 5 and drove in two runs and scored another while Dylan Bellers, Brice Howard and Elijah Bellers were all 2 for 3 on the day.

The Mohawks were scheduled to visit the Manila Lions Tuesday, weather permitting, and will close out the conference schedule Thursday and Friday with games against Osceola and Hoxie. Tuesday, April 26, they're slated to visit the Campbell Camels to close out the regular season. And, next Thursday through Friday the 3A-3 district baseball tournament will be held at Corning.

Meanwhile, The Piggott Lady Mohawks swept a doubleheader with Osceola in conference play on Tuesday, April 12. Later in the week they dropped four non-conference games, including a pair in the Marmaduke Classic tournament on Saturday.

The Piggott batters took full advantage of weak pitching in the pair of games with the Lady Seminoles, winning the first 19-0 and taking the second 14-0. Senior Shelby Morgan posted a strong performance for the squad at the plate, as she had two triples on the day.

The Tribe was back in the friendly confines of Independence Park on Thursday afternoon to take on Armorel. On the day the Lady Mohawks were blanked by the Lady Tiger pitching, as they dropped a 10-0 decision.

The following day the Mohawks hosted the Lady Indians of Kennett, as their visitors made the trip from the Bootheel. But, once again the Piggott pitching staff gave up runs in double figures as they fell by a final of 13-3.

Saturday the team played in the Marmaduke Classic, and drew the talented host squad in the first round, as they came up on the short end of a 12-0 score. The Tribe was able to generate some offense in the game, as both Hannah Powell and MaKalia Beck hit doubles, but it was wasted in the shut-out as they were left stranded.

In the second game of the tournament the Tribe took on Pocahontas and gave the Lady Redskins a scare, eventually falling 13-8. On the bright side, Morgan once again tripled in the contest as she has been weilding a hot bat down the season stretch.

The Mohawks were slated to visit Rivercrest on Tuesday, weather permitting, although no details were available as of press time. They're scheduled to visit Corning this Thursday, April 21, for a doubleheader with the Lady Bobcats--again weather permitting. They're slated to close out the regular and conference season on Monday at Manila.

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