Lady Hornets tumble to Heber Springs in regional tournament
Three crucial errors and seven hits produced eight runs for Heber Springs int he first inning and the Harrisburg Lady Hornets (14-10) could not recover as they lost to the Lady Panthers 8-3 this past Friday in the opening game of the 4A-3 East Regional softball tournament being held in Pocahontas.
Harrisburg got on the board first as Keely Edwards turned a bloop hit into a double to lead off the game. Keely Curtis bunted for a single before taking second to put both runners in scoring position. Jessica Webb popped out followed by Sidney McMullin striking out. Keely Edwards broke for the plate a few pitches later on the throw back to the pitcher and scored easily to make it 1-0 Harrisburg. Lacey Lambright lined out to second for the third out. Heber Springs came out on fire scoring eight times to take an 8-1 lead after the first inning.
Each team left a runner stranded in the second inning as Somer Carter singled to start the top of the second. Somer Carter got to second on a ground out to second from Melanie Jackson but was left there as Camile Clem struck out. The Lady Hornets looked like they were going to cut the lead in the top of the third as Curtis walked before stealing second base. McMullin singled with two outs and went to second on the throw home putting runners on second and third with two outs. Lambright struck out leaving the runners on base keeping the score 8-1 Heber Springs.
Harrisburg went down in order in the top of the fourth and added a run in the top of the fifth to make it 8-2 Lady Panthers. Keely Edwards reached second an error by Heber Springs and stole third base before scoring on a passed ball. Webb and McMullin had back to back singles with two outs but another Lambright strikeout left the runners on base. Starr Carter drew a one out walk in the the top of the sixth for Harrisburg but did not advance as Jackson flew out to left field and Clem lined a ball that was snagged by the Heber Springs first baseman keeping the score 8-1.
Harrisburg had one final chance to make something happen in the top of the seventh. Keely Edwards walked, went to second a passed ball and stole third base. Curtis struck out looking before Webb's sacrifice fly scored Edwards to make it 8-3. McMullin struck out to end the game.
Keely Edwards led the Lady Hornets at the plate with a hit, three runs and three stolen bases. McMullin finished with two hits, Webb had a hit and RBI and Somer Carter had a hit.
Jackson took the loss for the Lady Hornets as she pitched six innings giving up eight runs on 10 hits while allowing no walks and striking out one.