Softball highlights from March 1-3

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•Matt drives in five as St. Mary’s Lady Tigers win over Southwood

Meredith Matt showed timely hitting on Saturday, driving in five on three hits to lead St. Mary’s Tigers Varsity past Southwood 9-6 on Saturday. Matt drove in runs on a double in the second, a home run in the third, and a single in the sixth. St. Mary’s Tigers Varsity collected 13 hits and Southwood had six in the high-scoring affair. Southwood got things moving in the first inning. An error scored one run for Southwood. St. Mary’s took the lead for good with two runs in the fourth inning. In the fourth Olivia Miller singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run and an error scored one run for St. Mary’s Tigers Varsity. St. Mary’s notched three runs in the third inning. Matt had an RBI home run in the inning to lead the run scoring. Reagan Davis was on the mound for St. Mary’s. She allowed six hits and six runs over seven innings, striking out one. St. Mary’s racked up 13 hits in the game. Miller and Matt each collected multiple hits for St. Mary’s. Matt and Miller all had three hits to lead St. Mary’s. Southwood totaled six hits in the game. Katerin Alfaro and Mckenzie Wilson each managed multiple hits for Southwood. The Tigers are coached by Steven Wren.

 

•St. Mary’s beats Stanley

St. Mary’s Tigers Varsity scores more runs than Stanley, takes victory on Friday, March 2 to the tune of 9-5. St. Mary’s got on the board in the first inning when Maria Bienvenu singled on a 1-1 count, scoring one run. St. Mary’s took the lead for good with five runs in the fourth inning. In the fourth Meredith Matt singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring two runs and Ashlyn Beaty tripled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring two runs. Matt was on the mound for St. Mary’s Tigers Varsity. She lasted seven innings, allowing 10 hits and four runs while striking out eight and walking one.

Meredith Matt

St. Mary’s tallied 13 hits in the game. Bienvenu, Chloe Longlois, Reagan Davis and Olivia Miller all managed multiple hits for St. Mary’s. Bienvenu went 3-for-5 at the plate to lead in hits. St. Mary’s was sure-handed and didn’t commit a single error. Lauren Vienne made the most plays with eight. Stanley collected 10 hits. #13, #1, and #25 all collected multiple hits for Stanley. #13 led Stanley with three hits in four at bats.

•Forest almost erases 4-run deficit in loss to St. Mary’s

Despite seeing its four-run lead whittled down by the end, St. Mary’s still held off Forest for a 5-4 victory on Saturday. Forest scored four runs in the failed comeback on a home run by #11 in the third, a single by #5 in the fourth, and a fielder’s choice by #22 in the seventh. St. Mary’s opened up scoring in the first inning. Maria Bienvenu drove in two when she homered. Meredith Matt got the start for St. Mary’s Tigers Varsity. She surrendered four runs on nine hits over seven innings, striking out five and walking zero. St. Mary’s tallied nine hits on the day.

Makenzie Methvin, Bienvenu, and Ragan Hale each had multiple hits for St. Mary’s Tigers Varsity. Hale, Bienvenu and Methvin each managed two hits to lead. St. Mary’s was sure-handed in the field and didn’t commit a single error. Hale had the most chances in the field with six. Forest totaled nine hits. #4 and #5 each collected multiple hits for Forest.

•NCHS nabs win over Vilonia

Even though Natchitoches Central gave up three runs in the seventh inning, they still defeated Vilonia, Ark. 9-3 Saturday, March 3. Vines, Goff and Gunter all contributed in the big inning with RBIs. Natchitoches Central fired up the offense in the first inning. Haydon Helms drove in one when he singled. NCHS notched four runs in the second inning. Their offense in the inning was led by Derrick Payne, Richard Lindsey, Tristan Neitte and Helms, all driving in runs in the frame.

Joshua Fortenberry led the Chiefs to victory on the pitcher’s mound. He allowed three hits and zero runs over five innings, striking out eight. A number of pitchers entered the game as relief, with Garrett Wells, AJ Walter, Austin Withers and Timothy Giddens all securing outs and ultimately the victory. McWilliams took the loss for Vilonia, Ark. He lasted two and a third innings, allowing five hits and seven runs. Natchitoches Central tallied 10 hits. Helms, Walter and Fortenberry each managed multiple hits. Helms went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead in hits. The Chiefs were sure-handed and didn’t commit a single error. Weston Noe made the most plays with eight. Berry led Vilonia with two hits in three at bats.

•Despite 4-run inning, Gators pull out the win

Ebarb scored four runs in the seventh inning, but Lakeview Gators still won 9-4 Thursday, March 1. Ebarb offense in the inning was led by J Lovelady, T Ezernach and G Rivers, who all drove in runs. Lakeview Gators got things moving in the first inning when Layton Friday singled on a 0-2 count, scoring one run. Lakeview notched five runs in the fifth inning. The Gators offense in the inning was led by Rafael Rosales, Friday, Tyler Sullivan and Dillon Longino, who each had RBIs. Joey Harvey was credited with the victory for Lakeview. He allowed one hit and zero runs over three innings, striking out four. Sullivan and Brylee Lester entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief. Lovelady took the loss for Ebarb.

He lasted seven innings, allowing 12 hits and nine runs while striking out three. Lakeview racked up 12 hits on the day. Friday, Sullivan and Rosales all had multiple hits. Rosales, Sullivan and Friday each collected three hits to lead for the Gators. Sullivan led Lakeview with two stolen bases, as they ran wild on the base paths with six stolen bases. Rivers went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead Ebarb in hits.