The Lady War Eagles started 7A-West Conference play well with a 12-1 win over Springdale High on Tuesday.
Heritage’s Lora Brown led the offensive barrage going 3-for-4, including two home runs, and six RBIs. Brittney Dean also had three hits, drove in two runs and scored twice for Heritage (3-1), which banged out 12 hits. Pitcher Sarah Pollock allowed just one hit and one run (unearned), while striking out nine and walking two.
Heritage’s lone loss thus far came to Greenwood 8-7, but the Lady War Eagles battled back from an early 7-2 deficit and had the tying run on base when the game ended.
Heritage will face crosstown rival Rogers High on Thursday, then travel to Mufreesboro, Tenn., to compete in the Southern Warrior Classic during spring break.
The Lady Mounties suffered their first loss of the season on Tuesday, falling 7-3 to Benton. The game was played at Arkansas Tech in Russellville.
Faith Edwards, Allyn Hensley and Jadyn Heinle led Rogers (1-1) with two hits each. Edwards’ two-run single gave Rogers a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third, but Benton came back with two in the fourth and five in the sixth inning to take control.
Courtney Storey added an RBI-single in the seventh.
— Paul Boyd
The Lady Wildcats found a bit of success late last week, winning three of five games in two days at the Clarksville Tournament.
Har-Ber knocked off Morrilton, Springdale and Russellville after a week off. Morrilton handed Har-Ber a 5-1 loss Friday afternoon, but the Lady Wildcats bounced back to beat the Lady Devil Dogs, 12-0, that same night.
Pottsville edged Har-Ber, 8-2, Saturday morning before Larry Lawson’s club capped the weekend with 17-3 and 2-0 wins. Pitcher Cearra McPherson dominated the Lady Cyclone offense on her way to a no-hitter. McPherson struck out five in five innings, needing only 52 pitches to do so.
Ten Har-Ber players drove in runs in the two-inning win against Springdale. McPherson drove in a pair of runs herself and also pitched one inning, striking out two.
Har-Ber enters conference play 4-4 overall. The Lady Wildcats host Rogers High today at 5 p.m.
Rogers Heritage proved to be too much offensively Tuesday as the War Eagles opened conference with a 12-1 win over the Lady Bulldogs. Springdale is looking for win No. 1 of the season this week.
The Lady Bulldogs have two more shots at one this week as they face rival Har-Ber Thursday and Tuckerman Friday on the road.
Maycee Trolinger accounted for Springdale’s two hits and lone run in Tuesday’s loss. In Springdale’s loss to Har-Ber last Friday, the Lady Bulldogs’ Braden Meredith recorded a hit and scored a run. Alexis Samarin and Mackenzie Wright also tallied runs.
Pitching and defensive improvements are key moving forward. Springdale’s opponents have scored 12 or more runs in five of six games this season.
— Scottie Bordelon
After cold temperatures Tuesday delayed the start of 7A-West play for a day, Fayetteville (2-2) was blown out 17-0 against Bentonville at Lady’Dawg Yard on Wednesday.
The Lady Purple’Dogs entered the week with wins in two of their first three games. They sandwiched a 12-1 win against Siloam Springs and a 5-2 win over Harrison around a 13-1 loss against Farmington.
Lead-off Morgan Stratton was 2-for-3 with three runs and Baylee Andrews hit a three-run double to lead the offense against Siloam Springs. Maggie Mabry scattered five hits and didn’t allow an earned run in five innings to record the season-opening win.
Abby Richardson picked up the win against Harrison by allowing one earned tun on four hits in four innings. Mabry,Richardson, Andrews, Eliza Williams and Shalin Charles each drove in a run to account for the offense.
— Mike Capshaw