Lady Mohawks Drop Opener at Cave City

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Piggott Lady Mohawks began the 2017 campaign with an 11-5 road loss at Cave City on Tuesday, March 7. In the days since the recent round of wet weather has put a halt to the young season, with a full slate of games to be played.

Playing in their first game under former assistant Melissa Hopkins, the Tribe made the trip to Cave City last week despite the threat of more rain. The squad got off to a good start in their contest with the Cavewomen, but a big third inning by the home team would doom the Piggott girls.

Junior right-hander Hannah Powell got the start, and took the loss, in the circle for the Mohawks. Another junior, Lexi Herren, came on in relief but didn't figure in the decision.

The Lady Mohawks plated a pair of runs in the top of the first inning, with Cave City answering in the home half to make it 2-2 after one. Neither team was able to break the deadlock in the second inning, but the Tribe scored in the top of the third to make it 3-2.

In the home half of the third inning the Cave City bats came to life, as they scored seven runs to take a 9-3 lead, and chase Powell.

The Tribe failed to score in the top of the fourth, and with Herren in the circle in relief the Cavewomen added another run to make it 10-3. The fifth inning was scoreless for both teams, but the Mohawks added two runs in the top of the sixth to cut the lead to 10-5.

In the home half of the inning the hosts added one more insurance run, and in the top of the seventh the Lady Mohawks went quietly to set the final at 11-5.

Powell gave up 9 runs, 3 earned, on 6 hits while walking 2 and fanning 4 and hitting one batter in taking the loss. Herren gave up 2 runs, 1 earned, on 1 hit while walking 1 and striking out 1.

Powell and Sophi Adams were both 2 for 3 at the plate, while Allison Kilbreath was 2 for 4 with an RBI, Haylee Springsteen was 1 for 2, Harley Earnhart was 1 for 3 and Abby Dutka was 1 for 4 with the other RBI and Grayson Murray was 1 for 4.

The Piggott runs were scored by Herren (2), Powell, Kilbreath and Kaylee Smith and all four also had stolen bases to their credit.

The Lady Mohawks were slated to visit Melbourne Tuesday afternoon, but the weather and field conditions were doubtful. They're scheduled to be on the road at Walnut Ridge this Thursday, March 16, in conference play and will take part in the Bearcat Blast at Jonesboro this Friday and Saturday, March 17 and 18, weather permitting. They're scheduled to begin the home season next Monday, March 20, with a contest against the Highland Lady Rebels at Independence Park.

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