Mohawk Baseball and Softball Update
The Piggott Mohawk softball and baseball teams closed out their home schedule last Thursday against Hoxie, and honored the senior members of both teams prior to first pitch. Monday afternoon the Lady Mohawks fell to Rivercrest in district tourney play at Corning, and ended their season. As for the baseball squad, they advanced over Rivercrest, then fell to Riverside in the semi-finals at Riverside. They'll play Manila in the third-fourth place seeding game at 1:30 this afternoon. Afterward, Riverside and Corning will meet in the championship contest, with all four teams advancing to next week's regional at Manila.
The Piggott Lady Mohawk softball team wrapped-up what has been a disappointing season Monday, falling to Rivercrest in the first round of the district tournament at Corning. Thursday afternoon they recognized the two seniors on the squad prior to dropping their home finale' to Hoxie, and Friday they closed out the regular season with a loss at Manila.
Prior to the start of last Thursday's final home game with the Lady Mustangs, Coach Melissa Hopkins took time to recognize the two seniors on this year's squad—McCaleh Foulk and Grayson Murray. This is Foulk's first year on the squad, while Murray has played all four years of her high school career.
Afterward, the Mohawks struggled to score runs as they fell to Hoxie 16-0 in four innings.
The Lady Mustangs drew first blood with four runs in the first, adding three more in the second, two in the third and seven runs in the top of the fourth.
Taking the loss in the circle was junior Hannah Powell, as she worked all four innings, giving up 12 hits and seven earned runs, while walking three and fanning two Lady Mustangs. Powell also had two hits on the day, with Foulk and Abby Dutka also collecting hits in the loss.
Friday the Lady Mohawks traveled to Manila for the final regular season game with the Lady Lions. Once again, the squad struggled despite plating a run in the top of the first. In the home half of the inning the Lady Lions scored four runs, adding four more in the second, and three runs each in both the third and fourth, en route to a 14-1 decision.
Powell once again got the start in the circle, and took the loss, working all four innings while giving up four earned runs. On the game she walked just one of the Lady Lions while striking out three batters.
The lone Piggott run was scored by Dutka, who also had a stolen base to her credit. The only other hit by the Tribe came from Ally Kilbreath.
The two teams also combined for 13 errors on the game, with the Mohawks charged with nine and the Lady Lions four.
Rivercrest at District
The squad made the trip to Corning Monday afternoon for their first round district tournament game, and fell to the Rivercrest Lady Colts 13-3.
Both teams had success in the first inning, with the Lady Colts scoring five runs in the top of the frame, and the Mohawks answering with three of their own in the home half. Rivercrest added three more runs in the top of the second, one in the fourth, three in the fifth and an insurance run in the top of the sixth to secure the win.
On the day the Colts scored their 13 runs on 14 hits with three errors. As for the Mohawks, they scored their three runs on six hits and committed four errors. Collecting hits for the Mohawks were Dutka, Kaylee Smith, Powell (3), Harley Earnhart, and Hayley Springsteen. Smith was also walked twice while Earnheart and Springsteen also drew bases on balls.
Powell worked five and a third innings and took the loss, giving up two earned runs while striking out two. Dutka came on and worked the final one-third inning, but didn't figure in the decision.
With the loss the squad ends their first season under Hopkins with a record of 4-18 and 2-12 in conference play. On the bright side, despite the loss of Murray and Foulk the squad will return a wealth of experienced players next season.
The Piggott Mohawk baseball squad pounded the Hoxie Mustangs Thursday afternoon at Independence Park, shutting out their visitors 10-0 to complete the regular season schedule. Wednesday afternoon they edged the Rivercrest Colts in the first round of the 3A-3 district baseball tournament at Riverside. The squad entered the bracket as the number-two seed from the west, behind Corning, while the Colts were the three seed from the east.
Prior to Thursday afternoon's game with Hoxie, first year head coach Alan Rabjohn recognized the three seniors on the baseball squad. During the pre-game ceremony the players, Bret Fuller, Andy Risner and Caleb Higgins were introduced and presented with momentos of the occasion.
Afterward, Fuller posted a dominating pitching performance to earn the complete game win. On the game he gave up just two hits, walked two and struck-out six Hoxie batters. The multi-sport standout also helped his own cause, as he was 1 for 1 at the plate and reached base twice after being hit by a pitch.
Risner also made a good showing in his final home game, as he had a triple to his credit. Mohawk Holden Tarno also had a two-RBI triple in the early going for the Tribe as they posted the lopsided conference win.
With the win the Mohawks wrapped up the regular season with a record of 10-8, while they moved to 4-4 in conference.