Softball teams have rough end to week

Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Lady Highlander Megan Handley was all smiles after snagging a line drive shot from her shortstop position last Thursday during action with Lincoln. David McNeal / Carroll County News

CARROLL COUNTY -- The Green Forest Lady Tiger softball team and the Eureka Springs Lady Highlander team were in action last Thursday, with both taking losses in their games.

Green Forest dropped a doubleheader to the Elkins Lady Elks, while Eureka lost a doubleheader to the Lincoln Lady Wolves.

Green Forest vs. Elkins

Coach Kayla Madewell said the girls lost the first game 7-0, but did have four hits in the game, pretty good against Elkins All-State pitcher.

"She has a nasty curve ball, a change up, and brings some heat," Coach Madewell said.

Jackie Webb had two hits, one a triple, and Katie Heads and Samantha Peden each had a hit. Tori Allen pitched the full seven innings and had four strikeouts and two walks. Emily Campbell caught.

"We didn't hit the ball well," Coach Madewell said. "We were asleep. Kasey Barinsky got some outs at third base and did a good job."

The Lady Tigers also lost game two, 4-2, but Webb had an in-the-park home run giving herself an RBI. Barinsky had a double, and Peden, Courtney Ruff and Elizabeth Booth each had singles.

Allen pitched again and had three strikeouts against three walks.

"We had a much better effort and execution that game," Madewell said. "Emily Campbell popped up behind the plate and was ready to throw runners out. And Sam Peden over-ran third, then did a great dive under the throw to get back and keep us alive.

"On defense, Sam, Kasey, and Courtney all had some stops and Tori had all three outs one inning. She fielded a ground ball for a throw-out, caught a line drive, and had a strikeout to retire the side.

"Misti Baker made a heck of a catch in right field, an over-the-shoulder grab," Madewell added.

Eureka Springs vs. Lincoln

Coach Daniel Cornelison said the girls lost a doubleheader 15-0, 16-0, but "played hard and showed some improvement. They're getting better every game.

"Alta Johnson got a hit and did a great job catching. Megan Handley did a good job at shortstop for her first time there. She caught a line drive and had a throw-out. Lindsay Johnson did a good job at third base. She's a nice edition to the Highlander softball program," Cornelison said.

Senior Amanda Dunham pitched both games again.

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