7A-West Softball Report

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Statistics are through Monday 4-4 games. Statistics provided by coaches.

Rogers High
The Lady Mounties (7-3, 4-0 7A-West Conference) snapped defending Class 7A state champion Bentonville’s 37-game winning streak on Tuesday. While coach Mike Harper is pleased with the win, he’s not going to make too much out of it.

“Everybody feels good, we beat a good team and played well,” Harper said. “I hope it gives us some confidence, but we can’t b cocky.”

Senior Sarah Hulsey has been a big bat for the Lady Mounties this season and she came up big against Bentonville, too, with a three-run homer. It was her fourth of the season. She’s hitting .440 and also has a team-beat 16 RBIs.

“Sarah’s having a good year for us,” Harper said. “One thing, she’s walked more this year and having more quality at-bats.Allyn Hensley’s also having a good year for us.”

Hensley, Sadie Beeman, Mikelyn Bush and Courtney Storey all had two hits each against Bentonville. Beeman also picked up the win in the circle, improving to 4-3

The junior left-hander has been outstanding lately, Harper said.

“Three out of her last four have been quality games,” Harper said. “I’ve been telling them all year that we will be better in May than we are now. We’re a work in progress, but I’m happy with the team right now.”

Rogers will play at Bentonville West on Thursday, then have a couple big road tests this weekend at North Little Rock and Cabot.

Rogers Heritage
The Lady War Eagles are on a bit of a roll, having won four straight.

Heritage (7-8, 2-2 7A-West) went 3-0 over the weekend to win the Lady Cat Invitational in Conway, then kept the momentum going with a 10-1 win over Bentonville West on Tuesday.

Brittney Dean and Kelsey Hamlin both had a big weekend at the plate, but freshman Kayla Paulo also had a good tournament. She picked up the win in the circle in the finals as Heritage defeated Farmington 4-2. Paulo also had a key pinch-hit in Heritage’s 2-1 win over Conway over the weekend and drove in two against West.

Heritage coach Tiffany Taylor said the team has tried several different combinations defensively to find what fits the best. Junior Lauren James has stepped into the center field spot, while Alexa Enos, who caught last season, has moved from the outfield to second base. Paulo may have also found a home in left field, Taylor said.

Heritage takes on Bentonville High on Thursday.

— Paul Boyd • @NWAPaulB

Springdale Har-Ber
After six consecutive losses, Har-Ber finally broke out.

The Lady Wildcats improved to 6-11 Tuesday with an 11-2 win against Fayetteville. Har-Ber led just 3-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, but exploded for eight runs to blow the game open.

Honesty Holt, Vanessa Meadors and Chloe Wheeler each drove in two runs in the win. Meadors finished the day 2-for-3 with a run and a walk to lead Har-Ber. In all, eight players recorded a hit and four tallied two. Brooklyn Morgan stole three bases as well.

Adrianna Weaver pitched six strong innings for the Lady Wildcats, scattering five hits and allowing just two runs while striking our four and walking two. Cearra McPherson, who had a rough outing last week against Bentonville High, pitched the seventh to close things out.

Har-Ber did not score more than two runs in any any of its six games last week and was shut out four times, so the offensive outburst to end Tuesday’s game was a positive sign for coach Larry Lawson. His club next faces Van Buren on the road Friday.

– Scottie Bordelon • @NWAScottie

Springdale High
Since picking up their first win of the season March 18 against Nemo Vista, the Lady Red’Dogs have dropped four straight.

The most recent loss came Tuesday at Van Buren, 13-3. Maycee Trolinger’s 3-for-3 day was the highlight for Springdale, who fell to 0-5 in conference. An offensive boost would be welcomed for coach Ashlee Friend’s club, which has scored just six runs in league play thus far.

Breanna Hornback and Trolinger were credited with RBI in the loss to the Lady Pointers Tuesday. Pitcher Braden Meredith took the loss for Springdale, giving up 13 runs – nine earned – but the Lady Red’Dogs’ defense committed six errors behind her.

Although Springdale is winless in league play at this point, a chance for win No. 1 comes Thursday at home vs. rival Fayetteville. The Lady Purple’Dogs have lost five straight.

– Scottie Bordelon • @NWAScottie

Bentonville High

Bentonville coach Kent Early knew the chances of his team having a perfect season were very slim.

For the first time in more than a year, the Lady Tigers experienced being on the losing end of a score when Rogers claimed a 5-3 victory Tuesday and ended Bentonvlle’s 37-game win streak.

“I told our players in the huddle that Rogers played hard and whipped us,” Early said. “Tip your hat to them because they did their job. I don’t think we did ours as well as we could, so it’s up to how you respond.

“It’s how we now respond from here, so we’ll have to see.”

Bentonville (15-1, 4-1 7A-West) had problems with fly balls against Rogers. Despite solo home runs by Tymber Riley and Morgan Nelson, the Lady Tigers hit 18 fly balls that were caught, although two or three of them were caught at the fence.

“We were just under some pitches a little bit,” Early said. “We hit a lot of popups. I don’t know how many fly ball outs we had, but it was a lot of them.

“We have to do a better job at the plate. We have to have a better plan, and that’s something on our end that we need to work on.”

— Henry Apple • @NWAHenry

Bentonville West

For the first time in school history, West is having to deal with a losing streak.

The Lady Wolverines (15-5, 3-1) dropped their first 7A-West Conference game Tuesday and suffered their second straight setback with a 10-1 decision against Rogers Heritage. West was in the game until the seventh inning, when the Lady War Eagles erupted for six runs.

West coach Anthony Cantrell was more concerned about his team’s offense, which garnered only four hits against Heritage pitcher Sarah Pollock.

“I thought we pitched the ball well for about five or six innings,” Cantrell said. “We just didn’t hit the ball well, and that’s a testament to their pitcher, who did a good job.

“We swung at a lot of pitches and missed. I told our girls after the game was we need to figure out our approach at the plate. We don’t need to be just swinging up there. We need to have an approach and go with it.”

West had its game with Van Buren postponed a second time because of Wednesday’s rain. It has been rescheduled for May 5, meaning the Lady Wolverines’ next game will be Thursday against Rogers High.

“It is what it is,” Cantrell said. “We could have played and slopped around. It’s really not good in that kind of situation.”

— Henry Apple • @NWAHenry

Fayetteville
The Lady Bulldogs have lost six of their last seven games after an 11-2 loss against Springdale Har-Ber on Tuesday.

They are 3-8 overall and 0-5 in 7A-West play heading into Thursday’s conference tilt at Springdale High.

Freshman Shailin Charles is batting .385 and Morgan Stratton is batting .333 to pace Fayetteville offensively.

Opponents are batting .367 and .393 against senior pitchers Maggie Mabry and Abby Richardson.

— Mike Capshaw • @NWACappy

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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