Lady Car­di­nals Win Sea­son Opener

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - SPORTS - By Mark Humphrey

FARM­ING­TON — A pitcher’s duel lasted un­til the sixth in­ning be­fore Farm­ing­ton chased South­side starter Caitlin Massey (0-1), who al­lowed six hits and three runs with two strike-outs and one walk.

Strong pitch­ing and solid de­fense en­abled the Lady Car­di­nals (1-0) to de­feat South­side 3-1 on open­ing day, Mon­day, Feb. 26. McKenzi Bo­gan (1-0) earned the win for Farm­ing­ton. Bo­gan blanked South­side through four in­nings. She al­lowed two hits, recorded a pair of strike-outs and sur­ren­dered no walks.

Lead­ing 1-0 in the top of the fifth, Farm­ing­ton coach Randy Osnes went to his bullpen, first in­sert­ing Shyanna Holmes and later Paige Devec­sery, who got the last six outs to earn the save for the Lady Car­di­nals. South­side man­aged just five hits against the three Lady Car­di­nal pitch­ers and Farm­ing­ton had no er­rors.

Massey started off strong. She got the first five bat­ters she faced out, in­duc­ing a ground-out, pop-up caught by the catcher and fly-out to end the first in­ning.

South­side made a lit­tle noise in the sec­ond be­gin­ning with a lead­off sin­gle by the Mav­er­icks’ Piper Mor­gan. The next bat­ter Cait­lyn Bagby hit into a fielder’s choice with Mor­gan thrown out at sec­ond. Farm­ing­ton came close to turn­ing a dou­ble play, but Bagby reached first safely.

Bo­gan threw five straight strikes to Hai­ley Hogue, who went down af­ter foul­ing off two pitches. Meliah Hunter, who led South­side with two hits in three at bats, hit a blooper over the in­field for a sin­gle, but on a 1-2 pitch Bo­gan in­duced a line drive that was fielded by third base­man Paige An­der­son for the third out.

Farm­ing­ton pushed a run across in the third off the bat of ju­nior Alyssa Reed, and two more in the fifth to go up 3-0. An­der­son went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Farm­ing­ton in hits. Sopho­more Kally Stout was 1-for-3 with a pair of RBIs.

South­side avoided a shutout when fresh­man Madi Con­klin home­red in the sixth.

MARK HUMPHREY EN­TER­PRISE-LEADER

Farm­ing­ton sopho­more Paige An­der­son leaves the ball on the field af­ter catch­ing a line drive to record the third out and strand­ing a base-run­ner in the sec­ond in­ning of the Lady Car­di­nals’ 3-1 sea­son-open­ing win over Fort Smith South­side on Feb. 26.

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