CENTERTON -- The chilly, damp conditions at the Wolverine Athletic Complex failed to stop Bentonville West's bats Thursday afternoon.
The Lady Wolverines banged out 14 hits and put up crooked numbers in four of the six innings played en route to a 12-2 victory over Springdale Har-Ber in 7A-West Conference play.
Bentonville West 12, Springdale Har-Ber 2
McPherson and Holt; Crowson, Wood (1) and Sneed. W-Wood, 3-1. L-McPherson, 5-7. Sv-None. HR-None.
"It's like I told them before the game -- don't let the weather and the conditions be an excuse for not coming out and being ready to play," West coach Anthony Cantrell said. "It is what it is, and we needed to get the game in.
"We have three conference games next week and didn't want to start stacking up three and four games in a week. I know the weather wasn't great, but we had the field tarped. We got the field ready, and I was proud of how they responded in the poor conditions."
Jazmine Dodd, Brittany Crowson and Sydney Sneed each had three hits as West (11-2, 3-0) remained unbeaten in league play. Dodd drove in four runs with two doubles and a single, while Crowson had three RBIs and Sneed two more.
The Lady Wolverines, however, trailed 1-0 as Crowson experienced some early wildness in the circle. She walked leadoff batter Brooklyn Morgan, who later scored on a fielder's choice and an error, and the bases were loaded when Cantrell brought in Emma Wood, who held the Lady Wildcats to that lone run.
"Brittany struggled with the conditions a little bit early," Cantrell said. "Emma came in did a great job getting out of that jam in the first inning. You could tell Brittany didn't have it, and that happens in baseball and softball."
Crowson made up for her pitching struggles by driving the go-ahead run when her double scored Dodd, who tied the game when her single drove in Haley Wacaser. Crowson later scored on Alyssa Cordell's sacrifice fly to give West the 3-1 lead.
The Lady Wolverines then add four runs in the second, two in the third and three in the sixth. Sneed ended the game with her third hit, a two-run single that forced the 10-run rule to be enforced.
"They hit the ball well," Har-Ber coach Lynn Lawson said. "Then they put that new pitcher in. She had really good control and managed the game well. We just couldn't match them hit for hit."
Honesty Holt had two hits and drove a run for Har-Ber (5-7, 1-3).
Bentonville High 11, Springdale High 0
Cailey Cochran threw a no-hitter in her second start of the season, and Bentonville added a pair of five-run outbursts to knock off Springdale at J.B. Hunt Park.
Cochran (2-0), a sophomore right-hander, struck out 10 and walked two in a 74-pitch performance.
Tymber Riley started the Lady Tigers' scoring with a three-run double in the first, followed by a double steal and Keelah Griffith. Bentonville (9-0, 4-0), which extended its win streak to 31 games, added five more in the third on a two-run double by Jenna Wildeman and a three-run home run by Haley Cornell, her fourth of the season.
Wildeman finished 4-for-4 and drove in three runs for the Lady Tigers, who will head to Van Buren for a weekend tournament.
Farmington 16, Russellville 2
Callie Harper and Brandy Wallace each had four hits to lead the Lady Cardinals to a 5A-West win Thursday.
The duo jump-started an 18-hit barrage for Farmington.
The Lady Cardinals (8-4) jumped on Russellville in the second inning with five runs. Kaylee Purifoy and Brandy Wallace singled, followed by a Carley Antwine double. Madison Parrish also singled. Farmington added six runs in the sixth.
Wallace, Harper, Parrish, Cambre Strange, Antwine and Alyssa Reed also had multiple hits for the Lady Cards.
Paige Devecsery (4-1) earned the win in relief of Shyanna Holmes. Meredith Duffield took the loss for Russellville. She threw five innings, allowing 13 runs, 15 hits, and striking out one.
Pea Ridge 9, Elkins 4
The Lady Blackhawks built a 5-1 lead and never looked back.
Hollyn Davis paced Pea Ridge, going 3-for-4 with a home run and a triple with 3 RBIs. Quinley Rose was 2-for-4 and Kiera Bryant added a double.
Dominique Burwell earned the win, scattering 9 hits with 11 strikeouts.
Hannah Hurst was 2-for-4 for Elkins and Morgan Caler drove in a pair of runs.
Gravette 10, Gentry 0
Freshman Cally Kildow pitched a no-hitter and struck out 10 for the Lady Lions.
Emily Ellis had a double and 3 RBIs, and Keeley Bulza was 3-for-4. Gabbi Curtis and Jaki Chalk also doubled for the Lady Lions.
Springdale Har-Ber 15, Springdale High 7
Har-Ber scored nine runs in the first two innings and five more in the top of the sixth to earn a sweep of rival Springdale this week.
Caleb Kimbel -- who was walked four times -- and Landon McAllister each drove in three runs for the Wildcats, who improved to 9-2 overall and 4-0 in 7A-West play. Blake Adams knocked in a pair as well while five others recorded an RBI in the win. McAllister cleared the bases with a double in the sixth.
Jack Lisle earned the win for Har-Ber Thursday, coming on in relief of Caleb Grace in the first inning. Lisle went four innings, gave up four hit, three runs -- none earned -- while striking out three. Six Red'Dogs drove in the runs in the loss. Ryne Whitaker led Springdale with a 2-for-3 day and RBI.
Har-Ber faces Joplin, Mo., today while Springdale hosts Huntsville at noon Saturday.
Bentonville West 13, McDonald County, Mo. 5
Will Jarrett had three hits and drove in two runs, and West erupted for seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to knock off McDonald County in nonconference action Thursday at the Wolverine Athletic Complex.
The Wolverines (8-5) took the lead for good in the second when Jason Gloeckler's single drove in Jarrett and made it a 4-3 game. West had a 6-3 lead after five innings, but McDonald County scored twice in the top of the sixth before the Wolverines blew the game open.
Kendall Thornton had a two-run single and Martin Keller belted a two-run double in the sixth for West. Dakota McDonald, the second of three Wolverines pitchers, threw 4 1/3 innings and picked up the victory.
Shiloh Christian 4, Prairie Grove 1
Connor Clark and Landon Brown combined on a two-hitter to lead the Saints to a 3A/4A Conference road win Thursday.
Clark went 4 1/3 innings and allowed two hits and struck out three. Brown pitched 2 2/3 innings and allowed no hits with seven strikeouts.
Clark helped his cause at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a triple. Conor Germann and Luke Johnson were each 2-for-3 and Logan Raben drove in a pair of runs for the Saints.
Clay Fidler took the loss for the Tigers, allowing seven hits and struck out four. Fidler and Reed Orr had both of Prairie Grove's hits.
The Tigers led 1-0 in the second and held that lead until the fourth when the Saints scored twice. Shiloh Christian added two more runs in the sixth.
Elkins 4, Mountain Home 3
The Elks claimed a walk-off win by scoring a run in the seventh inning to break a 3-3 tie.
Jacob Socia was 2-for-3 with a double and 3 RBIs for the Elks. Dylan Jones walked twice and scored two runs.
Bryce Parrish earned the win in relief of starter Caden Glenn. Glenn allowed just one hit over 5 innings with one strikeout. Parrish pitched the final 2 innings and struck out 3.
Springdale Har-Ber 1, Washington (Tulsa, Okla.) 1 (4-3)
The Wildcats made it two wins in a row this week with a penalty-kick victory on the road Thursday afternoon.
After a scoreless first half, Esteban Tellez found the back of the net to give Har-Ber a 1-0 lead. Washington later tied the match on a corner kick that eventually led to the shootout.
The Wildcats knocked home four of five penalty kicks and got a pair of saves to secure their fifth win of the season. Har-Ber faces Bentonville West today on the road.
Sports on 03/31/2017
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