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Prep Softball: Van Buren defeats Springdale, remains in first

The Van Buren Lady Pointers didn’t waste much time coming off its 4-3 win over Bentonville on Friday to defeat Springdale on the road 11-4 on Friday.

The Lady Pointers will finish out the 7A West Conference season by playing four games over eight days. Van Buren traveled to Heritage on Tuesday. The squad will host Siloam Springs today to stay ahead of the rain predicted in the forecast on Thursday. The Lady Pointers wrap the week on Friday, May 9, at Fayetteville and will have another appointment with Bentonville on Monday, May 12.

Van Buren (20-4, 9-1) finished with 12 hits while Springdale was limited to six. Emilee Aaron was 3 of 4 at the plate with one RBI. Ashlee Deffenbaugh was also 3 of 4, but finished with two RBIs.

Megan Kelley was the only player to have more than one hit for Springdale as she was 2 of 4.

Destiny Moses and Lady Bulldog Chasidee each had a home run. Chasidee hit her three-run home run with two outs to cut in Van Buren’s lead, 9-3, in the bottom of the fifth.

Destini Jones added a RBI single in the six for Springdale.

Moses two-run shot came at the top of the fifth to increase the Lady Pointers’ lead, 8-0. Deffenbaugh added a RBI single in the frame to make it 9-0.

After grabbing nine hits through the first five frames, Springdale kept Van Buren from getting anything going again, by keeping most the play on the infield. Jessica Smith and Stafford each had RBI singles. Springdale made three defensive plays to get the runner out a second to keep Van Buren from gaining extra runs.

Stafford also added a sacrifice fly to allow Ashton Sangster to score in the first and lead-off hitter Breanna Vest added another sacrifice fly that allowed Abby Killough to reach home in the second. Deffenbaugh added the third run of the second inning on an error, and the Lady Pointers led 4-0.

Van Buren added two more runs in the third.

Austyn Deere earned the win for five innings of work as she gave up five hits and a walk. Tori Stafford came in relief for the final two innings and surrendered one run with two strikeouts.

Springdale’s Chelsea Baldwin absorbed the loss

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