single to left field and went to third when Cole Babcock’s sacrifice bunt attempt went for an error to put runners on the corners. A safety squeeze bunt ensued from Caleb Goines to load the bases before Ethan Matthews took a bases-loaded walk to force in a run and tie things at 4-apiece.
Reed Gautreaux followed with a single to right to drive in the eventual winning run to make it 5-4 before Dawson Goines’ bases-loaded base on balls allowed Caleb Goines to score for the 6-4 final.
Sport Shop (4-2) would go up 1-0 early in the bottom of the first when Matthews singled and later scored on a wild pitch. Carlisle tied things up at 1-all on a sacrifice fly in the top of the second and put up two runs in the top of the third for the 3-1 lead.
The Dirt Bags tied things up in the bottom of the fourth when Jackson Regan reached on an error, Hillis and Junior Acosta singled to load them up and Dinwiddie hit a 2-run single to right field for the 3-3 ballgame. Carlisle went up 4-3 on a squeeze bunt in the top of the sixth before Sport Shop came back in the bottom of the inning.
Gautreaux finished 3 for 4 with an RBI, Dinwiddie was 2 for 3 with two RBIS and Hillis also went 2 for 3 with a run. Caleb Goines, Matthews and Acosta all added a hit in the
Nicole Inman, who recently won Coach of the Year, said. “It was more challenging this year for her to get some goals.”
Selig, also named to the Allstate Tournament Team and will play in the AAA All-star game later this month, scored six goals with an assist, but it was her midfield play and defense which aided the Lady Hornets the most.
“She’s a defensive mid, but she begins our attack,” Inman said of Selig. “She cleans up some of the defensive mistakes and then she also starts our attacks. She’s a fantastic player. She could have gone to college to play somewhere if she wanted to. She’s a great leader and worked so hard in practice.
“It’s going to be very difficult for me to find somebody, ever, like her. I’ll find somebody different that hopefully can do some of the things she does, but I’m not going to find anybody like her.
Thompson was a key defender for the Lady
Hornets all season.
“She’s just a consistent defender,” Inman said. “She talks a lot. She’s great with her ability to control the ball. She’s able to start the attack. She never missed a game. A lot of times, she got the assist to the assist just playing the balls up to the window.”
Lady Hornets earning First-team All-conference was senior Rachel Studdard (three goals, one assist, and a “physical and solid defender - helped lead defensive line,” according to Coach Inman) and sophomore Ashton
Inman (nine goals, team-leading 14 assists, and “sees field well and gives great balls or looks to finish - able to place balls where she wants with head”), both named to the All-state Tournament Team, senior Madison Humbard (five goals, and “not afraid to take players on 1-on-1”) and sophomore goalkeeper Addison Funk (108 saves, and “strong keeper, great hands and physical with other players, whether in the air or on the ground”).
Also earning First-team All-conference was sophomore Abbey Inman (five assists, one goal, and “helps lead defense and has strong leg strength”), sophomore Melinda Hernandez (eight
innings of relief. Hillis walked just one with two strikeouts in his 1.2 inning of scoreless and hitless relief.
Weather permitting, Sport Shop will play Malvern on the road on Friday.
Stuttgart 4, Sport Shop 3 (Tuesday)
The Dirt Bags were edged 4-3 Tuesday against Stuttgart on the road.
Despite the 1-run game, Stuttgart outhit Benton 10-3 with Goines going 1 for 2 with an RBI, Hillis 1 for 3 with one run and Acosta 1 for 3 with two RBIS.