7A-West Softball Report

5A:7A SB Hitting Leaders

5A:7A SB Pitching Leaders

 

7A-West softball standings

Rogers High
The Lady Mounties (14-5, 10-1 7A-West Conference) remained in a first-place tie in the 7A-West Conference and avenged an earlier loss to Van Buren with a 3-2 road win Monday.

Rogers won its fifth straight game by scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning and left-hander Sadie Beeman made sure that was enough. Van Buren was responsible for the Lady Mounties’ lone league loss, 5-3, more than two weeks ago.

Beeman did the job both at the plate and in the circle. She drove in two runs and also pitched a complete game. The junior allowed two runs (both earned) on seven hits over seven innings. She struck out six and walked three.

Rogers takes on Bentonville on Thursday in a clash of co-leaders. The Lady Mounties tagged the Lady Tigers with their lone loss this season earlier at Veterans Park.

— Paul Boyd • @NWAPaulB

Rogers Heritage
The Lady War Eagles (11-11, 6-4 7A-West Conference) won back-to-back conference games against the same opponent earlier this week in extremely different fashions.

Heritage rallied from an 8-4 deficit to claim a 10-8 win at Fayetteville on Monday, but jumped to a 7-0 lead against the Lady Purple’Dogs en route to a 12-1 run-rule win on Tuesday.

Senior Kelsey Hamlin hit a game-tying solo home run in the seventh, then went 2-for-2 with another solo homer in the romp Tuesday Mika Polumbo also had home runs in each game and Lauren James drove in five runs in the Monday win.

Freshman Kayla Paulo picked up the win in the circle on Tuesday, allowing a run over five innings.

Heritage is scheduled to travel to Bentonville West for a key conference game on Thursday and play at league co-leader Bentonville on Tuesday.

— Paul Boyd • @NWAPaulB

Fayetteville

The Lady Purple’Dogs need a late-season rally and help from other teams to qualify for the state tournament, which begins May 11.

With three 7A-West games remaining, Fayetteville (6-17, 1-11) could win out and still come up short as it’s two games behind Springdale Har-Ber for the sixth and final postseason spot.

It can take a step in the right direction by defeating the Lady Wildcats when the teams hook up Thursday in Springdale. The final two games are against Springdale High at Lady’Dawg Yard on May 2 and at Van Buren on May 4.

All three remaining opponents are among the bottom half of the conference standings and Van Buren is the only one with winning records with a 5-4 mark in the league and 13-8 overall. In 7A-West play, Fayetteville has been outscored 161-36, according to scores entered on MaxPreps.com.

Fayetteville has lost five straight since beating Pea Ridge 4-3 on April 15. Pea Ridge finished as co-champions of the 4A-1 Conference.

— Mike Capshaw • @NWACappy

Bentonville High

The Lady Tigers have had to do things a little differently through the second half of conference play.

Payton Wildeman, a four-year starter at shortstop, broke her hand while sliding into home during Bentonville’s game against Bentonville West. Her return date is unknown, and it’s caused coach Kent Early to use a different lineup.

“Her presence has an effect on the team,” Early said. “She’s been one of the stable parts of our lineup and basically our cornerstone. She’s our leader as far as the defense goes because she knows the situations, and we use her instead of the catcher.

“Having her in the lineup is definitely a comfort, but sometimes this game is a game of adjustments.”

A.J. Downey, Bentonville’s main utility player, has moved into the shortstop role, and Early said the senior has done everything asked. Wildeman is still active as a courtesy runner when needed, and she’s has become another coach in the dugout.

Bentonville had to make even more changes during Tuesday’s game at Springdale. Downey moved to third in place of an injured Jordan Gartman, so Early moved Jenna Wildeman to shortstop and Megan Crownover to center field and inserted Amy Springer into right field.

“A.J. can play anywhere, which we need in case of anything like this,” Early said. “Normally you just want to make one change so you don’t have missing parts. We put another Wildeman at short, then moved Crownover over and Springer in right because she’s athletic and does a good job in the outfield.”

— Henry Apple • @NWAHenry

Bentonville West

West coach Anthony Cantrell believes his team will be better prepared for its tough four-game stretch to end conference play.

The Lady Wolverines (19-9, 7-3) will close out league play with games against Rogers Heritage, Rogers High and Bentonville before closing out with a makeup game against Van Buren.

“It’s tough,” Cantrell said. “But that’s the reason you go play and see what happens. Nothing against them, but I’m hoping we play a little better this time around.

“Rogers and Heritage have good teams, but I don’t think they got our best last time. We made some errors and gave up some big innings to them. That was in the middle of a stretch where we gave up 24 runs in four innings during a four-game stretch, and it’s hard to overcome that staff.”

The tough stretch may have started a game early as West had a scoreless battle through six innings in Tuesday’s game against Springdale Har-Ber before Jazmine Dodd broke it up with an RBI double in the seventh.

“Har-Ber played really well,” Cantrell said. “And we didn’t play bad. We were in a dogfight, and I tried to tell our players that before we went over there.”

— Henry Apple • @NWAHenry

Springdale Har-Ber
Following a 1-1 run in the 7A-West last week with a win against rival Springdale and loss to Bentonville High, Har-Ber dropped another tough game Tuesday night.

Bentonville West’s Emma Wood pitched a gem, and shut out the Lady Wildcats as West edged Har-Ber, 2-0. Har-Ber surrendered two runs in the top of the seventh inning as Jazmine Dodd and Brittany Crowson each recorded an RBI.

Honesty Holt finished the game with two of Har-Ber’s three hits in three official at-bats. Claire Collier tallied the only other Har-Ber hit in the loss.

Har-Ber drops to 7-16 overall and 3-8 in the 7A-West. The Lady Wildcats next face Fayetteville on the road Thursday evening.

– Scottie Bordelon • @NWAScottie

Springdale High
The Lady Red’Dogs were shut out and no-hit Tuesday against Bentonville High star Maddy Prough.

Springdale fell to 0-11 in conference play as the regular season begins to wind to a close. The Lady Red’Dogs have dropped 12 in a row dating back to March 19, but Thursday Springdale faces Van Buren at home and has a chance to snap the skid. The Lady Pointers took a 13-3 decision in the teams’ first meeting.

Maycee Trolinger had a stellar game against Van Buren on April 4, finishing 3-for-3 at the plate with an RBI. Springdale, though, committed six errors and allowed four unearned runs to cross.

After Thursday, Springdale will have two more shots at grabbing its first win in the 7A-West this season – at Fayetteville May 2, vs. Rogers High May 4.

– Scottie Bordelon • @NWAScottie

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