After putting away Magazine in a South Logan County showdown, the Booneville Lady Bearcats traveled to Pottsville on Friday hoping to continue on the road for a possible conference decider at Mena. But that road hit a detour as the Lady Cats could not hold a 2-1 lead and stumbled for the second time against the Lady Apaches, 3-2.
“We can still win the conference,” said coach Doc Crowley, “but now we have to beat Mena and get some help from somebody.” The Mena game was played last night, and Booneville hosts Dardanelle tomorrow in only their second home game of the campaign.
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In a game that was originally scheduled for home but was forced to move to Magazine due to an unplayable field in Booneville, the Lady Cats attacked early and often. They racked up five in the first as Camry Robertson picked up the first RBI with a double that scored Ashdon Ross, who had singled and stolen a base. Hannah McClung picked up Robertson with a double and after Kaitlynn Davis walked, Carley Wooldridge picked them both up with another two-bagger. The sophomore first baseman came around on a wild pitch.
Booneville picked up their sixth run in the second as Robertson singled and McClung’s second double sent her home. Booneville blew it open with seven in the third, aided by five Lady Rattler miscues in the frame. An error by the MHS third baseman allowed Wooldridge to reach and Taylor Bauer hit a triple off the wall in left-center to bring her in. Morgan Osborne followed with a single for the next RBI and Ross doubled for a third run. Two Magazine errors helped Booneville plate the next two runs and Davis then lashed an RBI double. Two more Lady Rattler errors resulted in the last two runs and a 13-0 Booneville lead.
Whitney Tatum singled to lead off the Booneville fourth and Osborne then launched the first one she saw from Kayla Canada over the center-field fence for her second round-tripper of the season. Ross then singled and advanced on an error and a wild pitch before Robertson picked her up on a grounder. McClung’s third double and a Wooldridge RBI single completed the scoring. Ross pitched a four-inning no-hitter with seven strikeouts; McClung was 4-for-4 and extended her hit streak to six consecutive at-bats while Wooldridge had three RBIs.
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Pottsville got a run in the first inning and threatened in two other early innings, but Ashdon Ross got out of a bases-loaded jam in the third and Mariah Reagan caught a runner stealing in the fourth to halt any further Lady Apache uprising. By then Booneville had taken the lead without hitting the ball out of the infield. Ross led it off with an infield hit to the left of the shortstop and stole second. A wild pitch sent Ross to third and Morgan Osborne laid down a good bunt that the PHS third baseman had to eat for fear that Ross would score if she threw. Kaitlynn Davis then struck out trying to bunt but the ball got by the catcher and Ross scored, with Davis reaching and Osborne going to third, where a grounder by Carley Wooldridge gave Booneville the advantage.
With one out in the bottom of the sixth, Pottsville’s Katie Bailey singled and got to second on an error. She was cut down trying to go to third on a grounder by the next batter, but Ashley Brannon connected on a two-run homer to left to give PHS the lead. Booneville mounted a two-out rally in the top of the seventh as Mariah Reagan walked and Taylor Bauer blooped one between the pitcher and second base that stopped and spun for an infield hit. But the Lady Apaches induced Whitney Tatum to pop out, and that was that. Ross gave up just four hits and struck out five but was tagged with the hard-luck loss.