By Peggy Barger
On Tuesday and Thursday the Lady Bulldogs won both conference games against Vilonia and Greenbrier.
Game 1: Greenwood 10 – Greenbrier 0 (5 innings)
Game 2: Greenwood 7 – Greenbrier 6
Haven Clements had just one walk in the game, with no hits backed by a great defense. This helped the Lady Bulldogs get a big win to start the conference doubleheader.
Greenbrier came in 6-0 in conference with 14 straight game wins. “We talked before the game this had to be our best defensive outing,” shared Coach Ronnie Sockey. “Haven stepped up big time in this game.”
Offense went to work early in this win, scoring 6 runs in the first. The big blow came from a grand slam from Madison Cartwright, who went 3-3 in the game with 4 RBIs.
Greenwood took advantage of 7 walks by Greenbrier, pitching to rack up 10 runs on 9 hits.
Ally Sockey added 4 singles and one RBI, then Natalie Thomas and Kinley Fisher added 1 hit and 1 RBI each to help the offense.
In game 2, the ladies held on to take the win, 7 to 6.
Game 1: Greenwood 11 – Vilonia 1 (5 innings)
Game 2: Greenwood 7 – Vilonia 0
“Haven Clements helped take the win only giving up one run in the first inning,” shared Coach Sockey. “They then shut Vilonia down the next six innings.”
At the plate, the top two hitters in the order led the offense with five hits in 8 at bat. Ally Sockey had 3 and Chelsi Possage had 2. Offense took advantage of 3 Vilonia errors in the 3rd and 4th innings, scoring 5 runs in each then pushing across one more in the bottom of 5 to get the run rule.
“Tori Howard and the defense played a great game to shut out Vilonia in game 2,” added Sockey.
Possage lead the offense with 2 hits, a double and a triple. Sockey, Thomas, Charley, Taylor, Cutsinger, Cartwright, Claire, Chapple, and McCoy added one hit apiece to total 9 hits for game 2. Possage had 2 RBIs, and Sockey had 3 RBIs in the game.
“Pitching and defense was the headliner in this game! Howard only gave up 5 hits, but the defense and some great pitches helped get the team out of a jam with two bases loaded to secure a shutout,” added Sockey. “The game ended on a great diving catch and double play by Possage to rob a base hit.”