High School Softball Season Set

Thursday, March 9, 2017
In a scene from last year's Marmaduke at Piggott game, new Lady Mohawk coach Melissa Hopkins is pictured coaching at first base. The Tribe, 'Hounds and Lady Cougars are all getting this year's season underway.(TD photo/Tim Blair)

Area softball teams have gotten their seasons underway, as the weather has permitted, across Northeast Arkansas.

Lady Mohawks

The Piggott Lady Mohawk softball squad was scheduled to kick-off the 2017 campaign Tuesday afternoon at Cave City, but as of press time it was unclear if the weather and field conditions would cooperate. This year former assistant coach Melissa Hopkins takes over the program, and she will be assisted by volunteer coach Alan Vaughn with additional assistance from Tom Powell.

After making a deep run into the 3A state tourney last year, the team will return a good core of starters and will look to compete for another postseason run.

This year there are three seniors on the roster, including Grayson Murray, Sophie Adams and McCaleh Foulk. They'll be joined by juniors Ally Kilbreath, Lexi Herren and Hannah Powell; sophomores Alexi Russell, Ashley Jeffries, Harley Earnheart and Hayley Springsteen along with freshmen Abby Dutka, Ashlyn Roberts, Carlie Vancil, Jamara Ball, Kaylee Smith, Madison Rahn and Madison Hanks.

In addition to Tuesday's game with Cave City, the Tribe was scheduled to host Pocahontas on Thursday, but the Lady Redskins will be playing for a state basketball title this weekend, so that game will be rescheduled. The Mohawks are also scheduled to host Corning on Friday, but field conditions will determine whether that game is played or not.

The Lady Mohawks are scheduled to play in a tournament at Malden Saturday, and have games scheduled at Melbourne and Walnut Ridge next Tuesday and Thursday, before competing in the Bearcat Blast at Jonesboro on Friday and Saturday, March 17 and 18. They're also slated to host Highland at Independence Park on Monday, March 20. The squad will then remain idle until March 28, when they're scheduled to visit Hoxie.

The regular season runs through April 21, with the district tournament set for April 27 to 29 in Corning; the regional tournament May 4 to 6 at Manila and the state tournament being played May 11 to 13 at Harrison.

The complete Lady Mohawks schedule is as follows:

March 7, - at Cave City, 4.

March 9, - vs Pocahontas, 4.

March 10, - vs Corning, 4.

March 11, Jamboree at Malden, 10:30 a.m.

March 14, - at Melbourne, 4:30.

March 16, - at Walnut Ridge, 4:30.

March 17, - Bearcat Blast at Jonesboro, 6.

March 18, - Bearcat Blast, 10/1.

March 20, - vs Highland 4:30.

March 28, - at Hoxie, 4:30.

March 30, - vs Cave City, 4.

March 31, - vs Rivercrest, 4:30.

April 4, - at Pocahontas, 4.

April 6, - vs Melbourne, 4:30.

April 8, - Marmaduke Classic, 2.

April 11, - vs Walnut Ridge, 4:30.

April 13, - at Highland, 4:30.

April 18, - at Corning, 4.

April 20, - vs Hoxie, 4:30.

April 21, - at Manila, 4:30.

April 27-29, District at Corning

May 4-6, Regional at Manila

May 11-13, State 3A at Harrison.

Lady Greyhounds

Coming-off last year's deep run into the state tournament, the Marmaduke Lady Greyhounds are poised for another softball season under Coach Rick Smith. The squad was scheduled to begin this year's campaign on Tuesday afternoon at Osceola, although a final score and stats were not available as of press time.

The girls are slated to host Marked Tree on Thursday, and will host East Poinsett County Friday, weather permitting. They're slated to play host to the Maynard Lady Tigers next Monday, March 13, and will then be idle through spring break.

They'll resume play on Monday, March 27, at Rector; will visit Sloan-Hendrix on Tuesday, March 28, and will travel to Trumann to take on the Lady Wildcats on Thursday, March 30.

Lady Cougars

The Rector Lady Cougars will be campaigning under Coach David Hendrix this spring.

This is the schedule for the Rector High School softball team (all games

at 3:30 unless noted):

March 7 -- at EPC.

March 10 -- CRA (doubleheader).

March 13 -- Armorel.

March 14 -- at Bay.

March 16 -- at Armorel.

March 27 -- at Marmaduke.

March 28 -- Bay.

March 30 -- at Hillcrest.

March 31 -- at Blytheville.

April 4 -- at Marmaduke.

April 6 -- Sloan-Hendrix.

April 10 -- Hillcrest.

April 11 -- at Marked Tree, 5 p.m.

April 13 -- Maynard (doubleheader).

April 14 -- Marked Tree.

April 20 -- Blytheville.

April 25 -- EPC.

April 27-30 -- District Tournament.

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