photo by TAMMY HOBSON
The Mountainburg Lady Dragons won both the 2A-4 Conference and District championships. Front (from left) — seniors Brianna Hobson, LeAnna Kosier, Tia Carpenter and Tianna Barton. Middle — Candy Smith, Kali Teague, Tayla Carpenter, Chesney Lovell, Addy Pippin, Kaylyn Moore and Tehya Walker (manager). Back — coaches Mitchell Barton and Chris Nolan.
photo by TAMMY HOBSON
Mountainburg’s Elijah Wilson goes up to catch a pitch from Lonnie Campbell during Saturday’s 2A-4 District contest. The Dragons play Friday at 10 a.m. in the regional tournament.
The Mountainburg Lady Dragons wrapped up the 2A-4 West District title by holding off Magazine on Saturday.
The Cedarville Pirates finished second in the 3A-4 District title with an 8-3 loss to Greenland.
The Lady Dragons will face Quittman on Friday at 3 p.m. in Bigelow for the first round of the regional tournament. The Dragons have a 10 a.m. appointment for the first round of the baseball tournament at Bigelow as well.
Cedarville travels to Sebastian County for the regional tournament in Lavaca, and will begin play at 5:30 p.m. on Friday.
The Lady Dragons led 5-0 going into the top of the fifth.
“We were feeling pretty good and (Magazine) was not,” said coach Mitchell Barton.
Mountainburg retires the first batter of the frame and the second one hit a weak line drive that was dropped and then “the floodgates opened.”
Another error and five walks later allowed Magazine to get back into the game and tied it up 5-5.
Senior shortstop Tia Carpenter got the Lady Dragons moving again with a single and with two outs Leanna Kosier recorded her only hit in the game with a double down the left field line to allow Carpenter to reach home for the game-winning run.
Chesney Lovell went the distance for the win.
The Pirates reached the district championship game with a 5-4 win on Saturday against Green Forest.
Garret Parson gave Cedarville a win over Green Forest as he singled in Corey Fincher for the game-winning run with no outs. Parson finished the game going 4 for 4 at the plate and scored twice for Cedarville. He took home in the second inning to tie up the game, 1-1. Parson also stole home in the sixth as Cedarville led for the first time, 4-3.
Green Forest tied it up at the top of the seventh.
Parson and Shawn Rowton both added RBI singles in the fourth to counter a pair of runs scored by Green Forest at the top of the same frame.
Korbin Polly broke his own record of strikeouts in a season as he fanned 16 batters to bring his season total to 106. Last season, Polly had 104 strikeouts for the season. The starting pitcher gave up four hits and three earned runs with five walks.