The Lady Mounties (12-5, 8-1 7A-West) kept a hold on a share of first place in the 7A-West thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 win over crosstown rival Rogers Heritage on Tuesday.
Left-hander Sadie Beeman pitched the shutout, striking out seven and walking none. She improved to 8-5 with a 2.76 ERA, while striking out 56 and walking just 13 in 76 innings.
Courtney Storey drove in the game’s lone run on a single to left field to score courtesey runner Journee Zito. The run was unearned as catcher Faith Edwards reached on an error and Zito ran for her.
Storey and Sarah Hulsey have both been two of Rogers’ top hitters this season. Hulsey leads the team with a .438 average, five home runs and 27 RBIs. Storey is next with a .409 average.
Rogers travels to Fayetteville on Thursday, then hosts Greenwood on Friday, but then has a pair of huge league games against Van Buren and Bentonville. The Lady Pointers are responsible for the Lady Mounties’ lone league loss.
The Lady War Eagles (9-11, 4-4 7A-West) are coming off back-to-back tough losses, after blowing a 6-4 lead in the bottom of the seventh at Class 6A Vilonia and falling 1-0 to crosstown rival Rogers High.
Heritage pitcher Sarah Pollock allowed just three hits against the Lady Mounties, but Rogers took advantage of a Lady War Eagle error to score the lone run of the game. Heritage is slated to host Van Buren on Thursday.
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The Lady Bulldogs’ struggles continue after Bentonville West hammered them 16-2 on Tuesday. The road doesn’t get any easier with a game against Rogers High, one of the league leaders, on Thursday.
They did win twice over the weekend, but both came against teams in lower classifications. They defeated Greenland 12-5 on Friday and Pea Ridge 4-3 at the Siloam Springs Invitational on Saturday. Pea Ridge is a quality win as the Lady Blackhawks are 20-3 overall and 13-1 in 4A-1 Conference play.
Still, Fayetteville’s (6-13, 1-8) lone win against 7A competition came against conference cellar-dweller Springdale High, a 15-6 win on April 6.
Fayetteville has been outscored 126-27 in conference games, meaning nearly half of those runs came against Springdale. The good news is the Lady Purple’Dogs play the Lady Red’Dogs again on May 2.
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The Lady Red’Dogs played their best defensive game of the season Tuesday. They also pitched as well as they have all season, coach Ashlee Friend said.
Springdale surrendered just one run to Har-Ber. The offense, though, never came around. The Lady Red’Dogs fell 1-0 to the Lady Wildcats and dropped to 0-9 in conference play.
Har-Ber starting pitcher Cearra McPherson threw a complete-game shutout, allowing just one hit and striking out 15. Springdale senior Whitnee Patterson collected the lone hit in a 1-for-2 day.
Springdale got a solid start from sophomore Zoe Schmidt in the circle. Schmidt threw 105 pitches, allowed 10 hits and Har-Ber’s lone run. She walked six and also struck out four.
Friend says she’s excited about Schmidt’s future.
“I’m just asking a lot of her right now,” she said. “But she did a great job tonight.”
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Cearra McPherson tore through Springdale’s lineup Tuesday night, striking out 15 in Har-Ber’s 1-0 win. The Lady Wildcats improved to 7-14 and 3-6 in 7A-West play.
Har-Ber hopes to turn in a similar pitching effort Thursday and Bentonville, the team to beat in the league, is up next. Two of Har-Ber’s next three games come away from JB Hunt Park.
Bentonville (22-1) is allowing just one run per game through 10 conference games and scoring nearly 11. The last time the teams met, the Lady Tigers won by a stunning 27-0 score. Bentonville plated 18 runs in the first inning.
Tuesday’s win against Springdale snapped a three-game losing streak.
– Scottie Bordelon • @NWAScottie