7A West softball report

7A:5A SB Stat Leaders Week 2

Rogers High
The Mounties bounced back from a tough loss to Van Buren on Monday in big way with a 15-0 win over Springdale High in three innings.

Rogers (10-5, 6-1 7A-West) has reached the halway point of the league schedule in a three-way tie for first with Van Buren and Bentonville. However, the Lady Mounties face each of the other co-leaders on the road in the second half.

Sarah Hulsey hit a grand slam on Tuesday and leads the Lady Mounties in several offensive categories. She has a team-high five homers, 25 RBIs and .425 batting average. Allyn Hensley is close behind Hulsey with a .412 average, followed by Courtney Storey at .400. Mikelyn Bush is second on the team with 15 RBIs.

Rogers travels to Springdale Har-Ber on Thursday, then hosts crosstown rival Rogers Heritage on Tuesday.

Rogers Heritage
The Lady War Eagles (8-9, 3-3 7A-West) have won five of six and have a chance to get to .500 if they can defeat Springdale High on Thursday.

Sarah Pollock struck out 14 in the circle and also delivered a two-run single in Heritage’s 7-3 win over Har-Ber on Tuesday.

The Lady War Eagles take on Vilonia on Friday a nonconference game, but then host Fayetteville on Monday, followed by traveling to Rogers High on Tuesday.

_ Paul Boyd • @NWAPaulB

Bentonville West

The Lady Wolverines have gone into a tailspin over the last two weeks, but it’s not totally their fault. A lot of that happens to do with the teams they have recently faced.

West (15-8, 3-3) hit the toughest part of the 7A-West Conference during that time and is currently mired in a five-game losing skid, which has dropped them out of the top of the league standings.

“No respect to any of the teams we played before, but we get into conference play and play Heritage, Rogers and Bentonville,” West coach Anthony Cantrell said. “Farmington also got their kid back (Monday) night, and we fought in that game.

“We’ve made a few errors in untimely siutations, and we’re struggling with the bat a little bit right now. All teams have a midseason lull, and I’m hoping that this one is ours.
West returns to league action Thursday with a game at Van Buren.

— Henry Apple • @NWAHenry

Bentonville

Bentonville was ready to enjoy the comforts of its home field again.

The Lady Tigers had played 11 straight games away from the Tiger Athletic Complex before returning for Tuesday’s 7-0 victory over Bentonville West. That included last week’s 5-3 loss at Rogers in a game originally scheduled to be a Bentonville home game.

Bentonville missed out on some early chances to score, but took the lead for good on Morgan Nelson’s two-run home run.

“We got a couple of runners on early,” Bentonville coach Kent Early said. “We stole some bases, but shot ourselves in the foot.

“We chased some pitches out of the zone, and that comes from the kids trying to do too much at the plate and wanting that big hit. That’s OK. For the most part, they responded well.”
Bentonville (18-1, 6-1) now heads into the second half of league play back into a share for first place with Rogers and Van Buren.

“Now we get the chance to play that second half and try to sure up some things,” Early said.

— Henry Apple • @NWAHenry

Springdale High
The Lady Red’Dogs fell twice last week in conference play to Van Buren and Fayetteville, and nearly grabbed an out-of-conference win against Mountain Home on Friday.

The Lady Bombers edged Springdale, 15-14, scoring the game-winning run with one out in the bottom of the eighth. The Lady Red’Dogs trailed 12-9 entering the top of the seventh inning, but plated five. Mountain Home then answered with two to send the game to extras.

Maycee Trolinger went 2-for-3 with three RBI to lead Springdale. Ashley Bradley also knocked in three runs. Three others – Breanna Hornback, Bethany Counts, Mackenzie Wright – finished with two RBI each. All but two starters ended the game without one. The teams combined for 33 hits.

Springdale was then shut out 15-0 Tuesday against Rogers High, pushing the Lady Red’Dogs to 1-15 overall. They will be back in action Thursday at Heritage and at Morrilton Friday.

– Scottie Bordelon • @NWAScottie

Springdale Har-Ber
The Lady Wildcats snapped a long losing skid last Tuesday with a win over Fayetteville. They ended last week, though, with a tough 4-3 loss to Van Buren.

Tuesday wasn’t much better, as Har-Ber fell to Rogers Heritage 7-3. The Lady Wildcats are now 6-13 overall.

Har-Ber faces Rogers High Thursday to cap the week before a date with rival Springdale High next Tuesday.

– Scottie Bordelon • @NWAScottie

Paul Boyd

Paul Boyd

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Paul Boyd is a sports reporter for NWA Media. His primary beat is Rogers Heritage, as well as West Fork and Gentry.
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