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Local teams compete at regional tournament

<p>photo by TAMMY HOBSON</p><p>Mountainburg’s Quency Pixley pitches during the first inning of Saturday’s 15-0 loss to St. Joseph at the regional tournament in Quitman.</p>

photo by TAMMY HOBSON

Mountainburg’s Quency Pixley pitches during the first inning of Saturday’s 15-0 loss to St. Joseph at the regional tournament in Quitman.

<p>photo by TAMMY HOBSON</p><p>Mountainburg’s Leanna Koiser, Tianna Barton celebrate with Brianna Hobson after the 8-7 9-inning win Saturday during the regional tournament in Quitman. The win gave the Lady Dragons a seeding for the state tournament.</p>

photo by TAMMY HOBSON

Mountainburg’s Leanna Koiser, Tianna Barton celebrate with Brianna Hobson after the 8-7 9-inning win Saturday during the regional tournament in Quitman. The win gave the Lady Dragons a seeding for the state tournament.

<p>photo by TAMMY HOBSON</p><p>Mountainburg’s Candy Smith jumps to catch a pop fly at short stop during Saturday’s regional softball game in Bigelow. The Lady Dragons won 8-7 in extra innings.</p>

photo by TAMMY HOBSON

Mountainburg’s Candy Smith jumps to catch a pop fly at short stop during Saturday’s regional softball game in Bigelow. The Lady Dragons won 8-7 in extra innings.

Mountainburg, Mulberry will advance to the state tournament starting on Thursday.

The Lady Dragons will either take the No. 3 or the No. 4 seed while the Yellow Jackets will be the No. 2 squad going into the regional meet.

Mountainburg

Rain delayed the finals of the regional tournament so a coin flip determined the seeding for the state tournament. Mountainburg was to face St. Joseph to determine the No. 3 seed, but the coin flip designated the Lady Dragons as the fourth seed.

Mountainburg will face Magnet Cove on Thursday at 10 a.m. The tournament is hosted by Marked Tree High School. The winner advances to play the winner of the Tuckerman-Junction City contest on Friday at 12:30 p.m. The semifinal is slated to start at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The Lady Dragons returned to Bigelow on Monday to face the host team in the second round, but a downpour pushed the game to another location at a later start.

However, Mountainburg fell 11-0 to Bigelow.

The Lady Dragons reached Monday’s contest by defeating Quitman 8-7 in nine innings. Brianna Hobson hit into an error with two outs which allowed Kaylyn Moore to score for the win in the bottom of the ninth.

Mountainburg began the ninth tied 6-6.

Quitman jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. The Lady Dragons battled back to take a 4-3 lead. Quitman took a 5-4 in the seventh, but freshman Kali Teague drove in Hobson to tie up the game and send it into extra innings.

Mulberry

The Lady Yellow Jackets earned the No. 3 seed for the state tournament and will face the loser of the Viola-Armorel contest on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

Mulberry defeated Lead Hill 23-19 on Monday for the No. 3 spot after a 15-0 loss to host Scranton in the regional tournament.

The Lady Yellow Jackets defeated Omaha 17-12 in the first game of the regional.

Baseball

Danville 3, Cedarville 2

Winning pitcher Brett Wilkins wiggled out of a one-out, bases loaded jam Saturday as the Little Johns made it a four-team sweep at the 3A Region I tournament in Lavaca.

The Pirates took a 1-0 lead in the first but Kyle Frost hit a two-out, two-run single in the fifth.

Corey Fincher and Korbin Polly opened the seventh with singles, after Garrett Parson walked, Travis Shelly put down a safety squeeze to score Fincher with the second run.

But Wilkins struck out Patrick Dorothy and got Cruz Rhea to fly to right to end the game.

Mountainburg

The Dragons lost 15-0 to St. Joseph, the defending state champs.

Mulberry

The Yellow Jackets earned the No. 2 after a 5-0 loss to Scranton in the Region 1 finals at Harrison Park and Recreation.

Mulberry will face Bay on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. in the first round of the state tournament at Mountain Home.

The Yellow Jackets opened the regional with a 11-1 win over Jasper and defeated Mulberry Bruno-Pyatt 9-2 in the second round.

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