The Lady Eagles softball team beat the Lady Lions by five in Crossett Monday night, and is now preparing to face them again on Monday in Lion territory.
Crossett held Hamburg from scoring for three innings and were already up 4-0 in the first inning.
In the top of the first, Crossett got the first two Hamburg batters out, but the Lady Lions managed to get runners on base. Cierra Tucker hit a single, but was thrown out at second when Bri Huff hit a ball to Jayden Thurmon on short stop. In the bottom of the first, the Lady Eagles were able to get four runs across the plate. The first two batters walked and each advanced when Thurmon hit a pop fly to center field loading the bases. Addison Christy doubled on a line drive to center field, sending in Jenna Roberts and Abby Senn and moving Thurmon to third base. Lainey Taunton hit a triple to right fields that brought in Thurmon, but Dalton Barnett, Christy’s courtesy runner was tagged at home plate by Sara Harrod. Bri Huff threw a runner out at first for the second out, but Taunton, the runner on third, made it across home plate. Marlee Tomerlin struck the next batter out and the Lions came in from the field to start the second inning trailing 4-0.
The first hit of the second inning was to Jenna Cate Roberts in center field. Roberts didn’t catch the ball in the air, but she quickly got the ball and gunned it to Thurmon on second base, who tagged out the batter, Kendall Herring.
Thurmon caught the second hit on short stop and threw the batter out at first base, giving the Lady Eagles two outs. Lady Lion batters, Madison Edwards and Anna Edwards both hit singles, but were left stranded on base after the third out and the Lady Lions took the field still trailing 4-0.
The Lady Lion defense held the Lady Eagles three up, three down in the bottom of the second. Huff caught the first out on second, Tomerlin struck a batter out and Tucker caught a fly ball in center field.
The Lady Lions came in to start the third and Tomerlin and Tucker both made it on base. Tomerlin was caught stealing home for the first out and Tierra Mooney grounded out to Thurmon on short stop for the second out. Tucker was on third when Huff walked, giving the Lions two runners on base, but the next batter was thrown out at first by Thurmon and the Lions took the field.
The Lady Eagles scored two more in the bottom of the third. Abby Senn bunted to get on base, but Thurmon was thrown out at first and Christy’s line drive was caught by Anna Edwards. Taunton hit a fly ball to knock Senn in and Mary Kate Armstrong hit a hard ground ball to center to bring Taunton in. Harrod tagged the third out at home plate to end the inning and the Lions took the field trailing 6-0.
In the top of the fourth, Mallory Rials got on base with a grounder to left field and stole her away around to third while Madison Edwards was at the plate. Madison hit a fly that was caught by right fielder Lynsy Foreman, but Rials tagged up for the score. Roberts caught the second out in center field and Lexie Cameron got the third out when a grounder was hit to her on third base.
The Lady Eagles came in to finish the inning, but the Lady Lions defense held them from scoring.
Neither team scored in the fifth, sixth and seventh inning making the final score 6-1 and giving the Lady Eagles a point for the James D. Rankin rivalry trophy, a contest between Crossett and Hamburg.
The Lady Lions were scheduled to play in Hermitage on Tuesday, but the game was canceled due to inclement weather.
The Lady Lions will play their next three games on the road.
They will travel to El Dorado and to Hamburg on Monday at 5 p.m.
They will also travel to Magnolia Friday to make up Monday night’s game that was canceled for inclement weather.