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Lady Cats edge Southside in softball; Mayflower wraps up baseball title

Also, UCA vs. UALR baseball

Posted: April 24, 2014 - 5:32pm

The Conway softball team edged Fort Smith Southside on Wednesday, 9-8, on a walk-off wild pitch to move to 8-2 in 7A/6A Central.

The Lady Rebels led 2-0 in the third when Conway’s Alexa Golden caught a fly ball to left that stranded two runners.

In the bottom of the third, the Lady Cats’ Madi Shaw and Morgan Felts scored on a hard line drive by Megan Goodnight. Cheyenne Kuhn reached on a single, and Kaylee St. John drove her in for a 3-2 lead. In the bottom of the fourth, the Cats plated three more runs on a double by Goodnight and a single by St. John.

After Southside scored in the fifth, Conway added one in the bottom half.

In the top of the sixth, Southside took the lead, 8-7, on four hits and one walk.

A single and an error put two runners on for Conway in the bottom of the seventh. Jackalyn Barton advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt. Golden drove in one run on a fielder’s choice. Shaw reached on a walk and advanced to second uncontested, with Lindsey Williams at third. With Felts at the plate, Williams scored the winning run on a wild pitch.

“We have been focusing on trying to score runs every inning and making adjustments in our hitting mentality with runners on, and tonight it showed,” said Conway coach Chata Hickey. The girls played hard defensively and hit the ball well.”

MAYFLOWER BASEBALL

MAYFLOWER — On Senior Night here Wednesday, the Mayflower Eagles (20-2, 7-0) wrapped up their second straight conference title with an 11-0 win over Perryville.

The Eagles scored five runs in the first on RBIs from Tyler Herrin, Trey Bradley, Tyler Godwin and Justin Sewell. Mayflower pushed the lead to 9-0 in the third on RBIs from Michael Post, Jordan Burns and Drew Duncan. Post and Sewell drove in two runs in the fourth to set the final margin.

“This is a great group of kids,” said Mayflower coach Joe Allbritton. “They work hard and show great leadership both on and off the field. They have been 49-5 over the last two years and that’s pretty good, but they know they still have work to do to reach our goal.”

Post, Sewell and Duncan had two RBIs each. Duncan (5-0) recorded the five-inning shutout, striking out four and giving up four hits.

In JV action Mayflower posted a 6-0 victory. Devon Dycus got the win.

The Eagles were led at the plate by Austin Grundy, Jared Rippee, J.L. Jones, Christian Moore, Justin Case and Baily Butler.

UCA VS. UALR BASEBALL

LITTLE ROCK — Conway’s Tyler Langley had a triple-double in Wednesday’s 9-8 loss to Arkansas-Little Rock at Gary Hogan Field.

Langly had three doubles, an RBI and scored two runs.

After UCA took a 6-5 lead in the top of the eighth inning, UALR answered with two in the bottom of the frame to earn the victory and split the season series.

UALR reliever Tanner Rockwell, who had the go-ahead, two-run single in the eighth, walked a batter in the bottom of the ninth but struck out two to earn the save.

Doug Votolato went 3-for-5, and Charles Deckard was 3-for-4 with a triple.

Bo Stitch (2-1) took the loss for UCA, while Dyllon Brownmiller (1-0) got the victory, despite allowing two runs in 2 1/3 innings of work.

UCA (22-16) returns to Southland Conference action this weekend at Northwestern State.

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