Area sports roundup
Harrisburg (22-5) and Berryville had to go nine innings to determine a winner as the Lady Bobcats scored five runs in the top of the ninth to break a 3-3 tie on their way to an 8-4 win over the Lady Hornets last Thursday in the opening round of the Class 4A state softball playoffs in Batesville. Ansley Wixson had three hits, a run scored and a RBI to lead Harrisburg as Jayden Roark had a hit and a RBI. Caitylyn Adams scored two runs with a stolen base, Lacey Lambright scored a run as Kloey Harlson and Hayden Hopkins had two hit each. Kelsey Criswell and Gretchen Morgan each added a hit for the Lady Hornets. Harlson took the loss for Harrisburg as she pitched all nine innings giving up eight runs on 10 hits while walking two, striking out 14 and hitting one batter.
Bay (6-11) had the unenviable task of taking on defending Class 1A state baseball champion Woodlawn in the opening round of the state tournament. The Bears wasted little time as they blasted four home runs and scored in every inning to beat the Yellowjackets 13-3 in five innings. Kyle McAdams led Bay with a hit (home run), a run scored and a RBI as Trey Norris had a hit and a RBI. Andrew Oster scored two runs with Jimmy DuVall adding a hit for the 'Jackets. Nathan Higgins took the loss for Bay as he pitched three and one-third innings giving up nine runs on nine hits with four walks and four strikeouts. Paiton Hartley pitched two-thirds of an inning as he allowed one run on three hits while walking three and striking out one. Andrew Oster tossed two-thirds of an inning giving up one run on one hit with one walk and two strikeouts.