Lady Car­di­nals earn 2 seed

The Saline Courier - - SPORTS - By Josh Briggs [email protected]­ton­

PARIS — De­fend­ing 3A state cham­pion Har­mony Grove will en­ter the 2019 tour­na­ment as the No. 2 seed af­ter an event­ful week­end.

Af­ter de­feat­ing Per­ryville 2-0 Fri­day in round one of the Re­gion 2 Re­gional Tour­na­ment, the Lady Car­di­nals got re­venge over arch ri­val Glen Rose on Satur­day, win­ning 9-4.

Mak­ing the fi­nals against Bap­tist Prep, Har­mony Grove could not keep the mo­men­tum, slip­ping 7-4 on Sun­day. The Lady Car­di­nals fell to Bap­tist 3-2 on April 23.

Har­mony Grove fell be­hind early Sun­day, trail­ing 2-0 af­ter the first. Bap­tist used four straight one-out hits to take the lead.

Fac­ing a two-out sit­u­a­tion in the sec­ond, the Lady Ea­gles strung to­gether three straight knocks to lead 4-0.

Har­mony Grove saw its first baserun­ner in the fourth af­ter the first nine were sat down in or­der

to start the con­test. Ra­gan Purdy sin­gled, fol­lowed by a walk to Macken­zie Mor­row to start the in­ning.

How­ever, an in­field pop out, fol­lowed by a fielder’s choice dou­ble play, ended the threat.

Ace Cloie Mitchell pitched around a one-out triple in the bottom of the fourth, al­low­ing a fifth run in the fifth on an RBI sin­gle.

Bap­tist would go ahead 7-0 in the sixth, us­ing a 2-RBI sin­gle in the process.

Down to their fi­nal three outs, the Lady Car­di­nals fi­nally broke through in the sev­enth, scor­ing two on an RBI sin­gle from Shanna Shoptaw that scored Kylie Bur­nett and a passed ball that al­lowed Mitchell to come in.

Har­mony Grove would not com­plete the come­back ef­fort, how­ever.

Bap­tist would win the hits bat­tle, too, 13-3.

Purdy, Mor­row and Shoptaw tal­lied the Lady Car­di­nals only knocks.

From the circle, Mitchell worked 5.2 innings af­ter Bur­nett could not make it out of the first frame. Bur­nett forced one out while al­low­ing two runs on three hits.

Mitchell fin­ished by al­low­ing five runs on 10 hits while strik­ing out eight.

Har­mony Grove will take on the third seed from Re­gion 1 to open the state tour­na­ment in Har­ri­son on Thursday. First pitch is planned for 5:30 p.m.

On Satur­day, Har­mony Grove used a big fifth in­ning to down Glen Rose, scor­ing five to re­gain the lead.

Glen Rose de­feated the Lady Car­di­nals 8-3 dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son and was the No. 1 seed in Re­gional play. It would fin­ish with a win Sun­day to earn the three seed in the state tour­na­ment.

Af­ter tak­ing a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, Har­mony Grove would watch it dis­ap­pear as Glen Rose scored one in the bottom half be­fore adding three in the sec­ond.

In the fifth, Har­mony Grove took ad­van­tage of a lead­off er­ror and back-to­back walks that loaded the bases for Mea­gan Clay. With a 1-1 count, Clay mashed a dou­ble to left field to pull Har­mony Grove within 4-2. Purdy would be gunned at the plate on the hit.

Bur­nett, though, fol­lowed with a 2-RBI dou­ble be­fore a ground out RBI from Saige Jewett and an RBI sin­gle from Shoptaw put the Lady Car­di­nals up 6-4.

Har­mony Grove tacked on three more in the sixth to all but guar­an­tee a shot in the fi­nals.

Glen Rose put a run­ner on in the sev­enth as it watched its Re­gional hopes slip away.

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