Lady Mohawk Softball Update

Thursday, April 19, 2018
Lady Mohawk Coach Melissa Hopkins greets Harley Earnheart as she returns to the dugout in action last week at Independence Park.
TD photo/Frank Staples

The past week has been a roller coaster of a ride for the Lady Mohawk softball squad, as they've split double headers and dropped a lopsided loss to Walnut Ridge. Tuesday afternoon they dropped a 4-2 decision to Corning at Independence Park.

The Lady Mohawks hosted the Lady Chicks of Blytheville on Tuesday, April 10, and fell in the first game of the double header 6 to 3. The visitors plated four runs in the top of the first, then added insurance runs in the second and third, to take the game in five innings. The Tribe scored their three runs on four hits, bringing two home in the third and another in the fifth. Abby Dutka led the way at the plate with a two for three game, driving in one run and scoring another. Lexi Herren got the start and took the loss while giving up seven hits, but also drove in a run.

In the nightcap the Tribe prevailed 22-14 in a slugfest, with Herren earning the win with relief from Dutka and Hayley Springsteen. Harley Earnhart had a big game, driving in five runs as she was three-for-four with two doubles. Meanwhile, Herren had three RBI, Dutka had a double and a triple and two RBI while Springsteen and Ryleigh Laden also drove in a pair of runs each.

The Tribe was back in action on Thursday at Walnut Ridge, with a depleted roster due to conflicting activities. The result was a 26-0 loss to the Lady Bobcats, with Springsteen and Maddie Reeves the only Mohawks to squeeze-out hits. Springsteen took the loss, with Dutka and Madison Rahn also appearing.

Monday the Lady Mohawks hosted Highland at Independence Park, and split the conference set with the Lady Rebels. In the first game the Tribe plated three runs in both the first and second, and had a big nine run third, as they cruised to a 16 to 2 win. Hannah Powell got the start, and the win, holding Highland to the two runs on six hits while walking two and fanning three. Springsteen and Reeves drove in three runs each, while Herren drove in two and Powell, Rahn and Laden also drove in runs.

Herren got the start in the nightcap, and held the Lady Rebs scoreless through the first three innings before things went awry. After scoring two in the first, and three in the third, the Lady Mohawk lead crumbled as Highland scored nine in the fourth to take a lead into the fifth. The Tribe went quietly in the home half of the fourth, and could only muster two more runs in the bottom of the fifth to set the final at 9 to 7.

Piggott's runs came on 17 hits, while the Lady Rebels had 11. Dutka was three-for-four with two RBI; Rahn was two-for-two and drove in a run, while Springsteen, Herren and Brielle Burkman also drove in runs in the loss. In taking the loss, Herren gave up eight hits, walked two and struck out four.

Tuesday afternoon the squad recognized the three seniors on this year's team, then dropped a 4-2 decision to the Lady Bobcats. The Tribe is slated to close out the conference season on Thursday with a doubleheader at Hoxie. They'll be in action next week at the district at Rivercrest, and will likely draw the host Lady Colts in the first round.

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