Mohawk Spring Sports Squads in Action

Thursday, March 23, 2017
Lady Mohawk Hannah Powell works to a Highland batter Monday afternoon as Grayson Murray (left) and Allison Kilbreath man the corners for the Tribe.(TD photo/Tim Blair)

The baseball and softball Mohawks hosted the Highland Rebels Monday afternoon at Independence Park before beginning spring break. The squads split on the day, with the boys notching a win and the girls taking a loss. It wrapped-up what had been a busy early-season week.

Baseball Mohawks

The Piggott Mohawk baseball team stands at 2-6 on the season, as they lost three of four games last week. The Tribe was in action Monday as well, beating Highland at Indepedence Park.

Despite inclement weather, the Mohawks travelled to Melbourne last Tuesday for a contest with the Bearkatz. And, despite jumping to a 4-0 lead in the first inning, the Tribe fell by a final score of 14-7.

The Mohawks scored four in the top of the first to take the early lead, only to give up two runs in the home half. The Tribe went quietly in the top of the second, with the Bearkatz drawing even with two runs in the bottom of the second.

Neither team scored in the third inning, while the Mohawks were unable to get a run across in the top of the fourth. But, in the home half of the frame the Melbourne squad added four more runs to take an 8-4 lead into the fifth.

In the top of the inning the Mohawks scored three more runs, as they pulled to within one, but the Bearkatz tacked-on two more in the bottom of the inning to stretch it to a 10-7 advantage. The hosts added four more insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth, and held the Tribe in check, as they set the final score.

The Mohawks were back on the road Thursday, March 16, as they visited Walnut Ridge for a conference game with the Bobcats. The contest turned out to be a defensive struggle early, as neither team was able to score in the first three innings. The Mohawks also went down without scoring in the top of the fourth, with the Bobcats breaking the goose egg with a run in the home half of the frame to make it 1-0.

The Tribe was also scoreless in the top of the fifth, while the Bobcats added a pair of runs to take a 3-0 lead into the sixth. In the sixth inning the Mohawks got their first run, as they pulled to 3-1, but the hosts responded in the home half of the inning with four runs of their own, as they extended the advantage to 7-1 going into the seventh.

At this point the Piggott bats came to life, as they scored six runs in the seventh to tie the game at 7-7 going into the home half. But, the Bobcats responded with the winning run in the bottom of the inning, to set the final score at 8-7.

The following day, Friday, March 17, the Mohawks hosted the Corning Bobcats at Independence Park and suffered through an 11-0 loss in five innings. The visitors scored two runs in the top of the first, one more in the second, six in the fourth inning and two more in the top of the fifth en route to the win.

Monday afternoon the Tribe rebounded with a 5-4 home win over the Highland Rebels. As of press time stats and other details were not available.

Monday's victory by the Mohawks extends their season record to 2-6 overall and 0-5 in conference play. They're slated to visit the Hoxie Mustangs next Tuesday, March 28, will visit the Cave City Cavemen on Thursday, March 30 and will be home to take on the Rector Cougars on Friday, March 31, at Independence Park.

Lady Mohawk Softball

The Piggott Lady Mohawk softball squad has remained busy in the past several, playing in the Bearcat Blast at Jonesboro on Saturday and then dropping a home game to Highland on Monday. They're slated to remain idle this week for spring break, and will return to action Monday at Hoxie for a conference game with the Lady Mustangs.

The Tribe took part in the Bearcat Blast Saturday, and won two out of three games in the bracket.

In the first contest they took on Metro-East Lutheran, of Edwardsville, Ill., and dropped a 9-1 decision. The Lady Knights jumped to an early lead with two runs in the bottom of the second, then added six more in the second. Neither team scored in the third or fourth innings, with both squads plating a run in the fifth to set the final score.

The Mohawks scored their run on four hits, and committed four errors, while the Knights scored their nine runs on nine hits, with no errors to notch the win. Hannah Powell got the start for the Tribe, and took the loss, with relief from Lexi Herren.

In the second game of the day the Mohawks rolled over the Osceola Lady Seminole 15-0 in just two innings, as they run-ruled their opponents early. Abby Dutka got the start in the circle for the Mohawks, and posted the win.

The final game of the day pitted the Tribe against the Lady Mustangs of BIC, with the Piggott girls pulling out a five inning 8-7 decision.

Both teams went quietly in the first inning, with the Mohawks scoring six in the top of the second. The Lady Mustangs responded with four runs of their own in the home half of the second, as the score stood 6-4 after two.

The Tribe scored another run in the top of the third, only to have BIC answer with three runs of their own in the home half of the inning to tie the game at 7-7. The Mohawks broke the deadlock in the top of the fifth, then held the the Lady Mustangs at bey in the bottom of the inning to preserve the one-run win by a final of 8-7.

Monday afternoon the Lady Mohawks played their first home game of the young season, as they dropped an 18-1 decision to the Highland Lady Rebels. Powell once again got the start, and took the loss, with relief from Herren.

With the loss the Mohawks move to 2-3 overall on the season, and 0-2 in conference play.

The Piggott softball squad will remain idle this week for spring break, and will return to action on Monday, March 28, with a conference road game at Hoxie. On Thursday, March 30, they're slated to host Cave City and the following day, Friday, March 31, the Rivercrest Lady Colts will visit the Tribe.

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