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Prep Softball: Alma defeats Lizards; Mountainburg gets ready for district

<p>photo by TAMMY HOBSON</p><p>Mountainburg’s Kaylyn Moore makes the catch to make the out in Friday’s home finale against Greenland. The Lady Pirates won 7-2, but the Lady Dragons only dropped to 14-4 overall.</p>

photo by TAMMY HOBSON

Mountainburg’s Kaylyn Moore makes the catch to make the out in Friday’s home finale against Greenland. The Lady Pirates won 7-2, but the Lady Dragons only dropped to 14-4 overall.

<p>photo by TAMMY HOBSON</p><p>Mountainburg’s Riley Dollard gets ready to throw the ball to Kyle Pense during Friday’s nonconference contest against Greenland. The Pirates won 14-4.</p>

photo by TAMMY HOBSON

Mountainburg’s Riley Dollard gets ready to throw the ball to Kyle Pense during Friday’s nonconference contest against Greenland. The Pirates won 14-4.

<p>photo by TAMMY HOBSON</p><p>Mountainburg coach Mitchell Barton talks with senior catcher Briana Hobson (left) and sophomore pitcher Chesney Lovell (right) during a recent game. The Lady Dragons finished the conference season 12-0 and 14-4 overall.</p>

photo by TAMMY HOBSON

Mountainburg coach Mitchell Barton talks with senior catcher Briana Hobson (left) and sophomore pitcher Chesney Lovell (right) during a recent game. The Lady Dragons finished the conference season 12-0 and 14-4 overall.

Alma’s Olivia Vinson scattered six hits over seven innings as the Airedalettes survived a fifth-inning rally to beat Dardanelle 12-6 in the nonconference game on Monday.

Vinson only had one earned run, but finished with three walks and eight strikeouts to grab the win.

Starter Savanna Rhinehart gave up 12 hits and 11 earned runs before she was replaced by Shayla Marple, who finished the game by giving up just two hits.

Lead-off hitter Shaylee Sevenstar led with three hits ans scored three runs. Charley Whilbourn, Hailey Ostrander, Zoie Lunsford and Alexys Criswell had two hits each.

Alma built a 7-0 lead scoring three times in both the first and third innings.

Ostrander and Lunsford both had RBI triples in the first to help out Alma. In the third inning, Ostrander and Criswell each had a RBI double and Taylor Thornbrugh drove in a run with her single.

Dardanelle did most of its damage in the fifth inning as Alma committed a series of errors that allowed the Lady Sand Lizards to score five runs off of two hits. One error allowed two runs to score and Dardanelle was able to close the gap, 7-5.

Alma answered back with five runs of its own in the bottom of the fifth. Brooke Hoffsommer had a two-run double to highlight the inning.

Dardanelle’s final run came when Kelly Farris scored on a passed ball in the sixth.

MOUNTAINBURG

Mountainburg finished the 2A-4 Conference undefeated (12-0) and is 14-4 overall after a 7-2 nonconference loss to Greenland last week.

The Lady Dragons will play in the district tournament on Saturday at 10 a.m. in Hackett.

Sophomore Chesney Lovell has pitched all season for the Lady Dragons. Mountainburg has five seniors on the team, four of whom are starters including Tianna Barton (second), Tia Carpenter (shortstop), Leanna Kosier (right field) and Bri Hobson (catcher).

“We’ve had good games hitting the ball,” said coach Mitchell Barton. “Hobson and Kosier have been the most consistent for us. They have come up with some hard hits when we have needed it.

“They have all had strong games at one time or another. We have not had that game yet where we all make solid contact at the same time. It’s either been the top of the lineup or the bottom, or none at all. We would like to see a consistent effort top to bottom as we get ready for regional and district.”

Hobson has been the starting catcher for the Lady Dragons since she was a freshman, but was injured during a game against Prairie Grove. Coach Barton said that Hobson’s absence was difficult to adjust to.

Tianna Barton is also a four-year starter for Mountainburg. Both Barton and Hobson are also three-year all conference players.

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