Lady Greyhounds Roll Through Regional
Sammi Henry kept Pangburn's potent offense in check for most of the day as Marmaduke (24-2) won 6-2 in the championship game of the 2-A North Regional tournament his past Saturday in Marked Tree. The victory insures the Lady 'Hounds a high seed in this week's 2A state softball tournament at Parker's Chapel. They'll play at 10 a.m. Thursday against Hazen in the first game of this year's tourney.
In the win over Pangburn, Jordan Mays struck out leading off for Marmaduke as Natalie Lentz followed with a fly out. Henry doubled before Tabitha Hyten drew a walk. Brittany Banning singled to scored Henry making it 1-0 Lady Greyhounds. Bailey Bridges reached on an error to load bases only to see Natalie Shelton ground into a fielder's choice for the third out. Pangburn got a lead off home run to tie the game at 1 before Henry retired the next three batters to end the first inning. April Kennedy struck out to start the second inning for Marmaduke with Rachel Martin following with a ground out. Mays got a two-out single as Lentz reached on a bunt single. Henry singled to bring in Mays making the score 2-0 Marmaduke. Hyten flew out for out three. Henry struck out the side in the bottom of the second innings to keep the score 2-0 Lady Greyhounds.
Banning flew out to start the top of the third inning before Bridges singled. Shelton flew out and Kennedy popped out to leave Bridges stranded on first. Henry again retired the Pangburn side in order with a pop out, strike out and line out to keep the score 2-0 Marmaduke. The Lady Greyhounds went down in order in the top of fourth as Martin and Mays both grounded out before Lentz struck out swinging. Back to back hits leading off the bottom of the fourth inning for Pangburn tied the game at 2 before got out the innings leaving two runners on base.
Henry grounded out leading off the top of the fifth as Hyten followed with a fly out. Banning reached on an error only to be left on base when Bridges flied out for the third out. The Lady Tigers got a runner on with two outs only to see Henry get a ground out to end the inning with the score still 2-2. Shelton singled to lead off the sixth followed by Kennedy reaching on a bunt single. Martin laid down a sacrifice bunt moving both runners up a base. Mays reached on an error that scored Shelton to make it 3-2 Lady Greyhounds. Lentz reached base on a fielder's choice to load the bases before Henry lined out. Hyten reached on a fielder's choice that scored Kennedy making it 4-2 Marmaduke. Banning flew out for out number three. The bottom of the sixth was almost a replay of the bottom of the fifth as Pangburn got a runner on with two outs only to see Henry induce a ground ball out to end the inning with the Lady Greyhounds up 4-2.
Bridges and Shelton both grounded out in the top of the seventh before Kennedy singled and Martin was hit by a pitch. Mays singled to score Kennedy followed by a Lentz single that scored Martin to make it 6-2 Lady Greyhounds. Henry grounded out for the third out. Pangburn got their lead off batter on in the bottom of the inning before Henry struck out the next two batters. A single but runners on first and second before a fly out ended the game give the Lady Greyhounds the title.
Henry got the win for Marmaduke going all seven innings while allowing two runs on four hits. She allowed no walks and struck out eight batters.
Mays lead the Lady Greyhound offense with two hits, a run scored and two RBIs. Lentz had two hits and a RBI, Henry had two hits, a run scored and a RBI, Kennedy had two hits and two runs scored, Banning had a hit and a RBI, Shelton had a hit and run scored, Bridges had a hit, Hyten had a RBI and Martin scored a run.
Marmaduke won their tournament opener with a 18-4 win over Walnut Ridge this past Thursday. The Lady Bobcats jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first before the Lady Greyhounds sent 17 batters to the plate and scored 14 runs in the bottom of first before coasting to the win. Sammi Henry got the win for Marmaduke as she pitched all five innings giving up four runs on six hits with one walk and four strikeouts while adding two hits, two runs scored and four RBIs at the plate. Mays had three hits, three runs scored and two RBIs, Bridges had three hits, two runs scored and two RBIS, Lentz had three hits, three runs scored and a RBI, Banning had two hits, a run scored and two RBIs, Alyssa Henry had two his, two runs scored and a RBI, Martin had two hits and two runs scored, Kennedy had a hit, two runs scored and two RBIs and Shelton added a hit and run scored.
The Lady Greyhounds faced out against Tuckerman in the semi-finals and came away with a 1-0 win to advance to the finals. Bridges singled in Sammi Henry in the bottom of the fifth inning for the only run of the game. Henry got the complete game shutout allowing five hits with one walk and five strikeouts. Kennedy and Banning each had a hit for Marmaduke.
The Lady 'Hounds and the Lady Hornets of Hazen will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 12, at Parker's Chapel, located on the north side of El Dorado. With a win they'll advance to face the winner of the Foreman-Hackett game at noon Friday. The other teams in the top half of the bracket are McCrory, Tuckerman, Quitman and Spring Hill. A win in the second round will gain them a semi-final appearance set for noon Saturday.
The teams in the lower half of the bracket include Parker's Chapel, Magazine, Pangburn, Magnet Cove, Hector, Rison, Poyen and Midland.
The winners of the semi-final games will meet for the 2A state championship at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 20, at Bogle Park on the U of A campus in Fayetteville.