Photo by Amanda Hall
Nine local teams are set to do battle in Magazine, Arkansas this weekend in the Rattler Classic Softball Tournament; Lavaca, Booneville, Magazine, JC Westside, County Line, Danville, Hackett, Mountainburg, and Mansfield. The Lavaca Lady Arrows are entering the tournament on a hot streak. They are coming off three straight shutout wins. In the last three game, the Lady Arrows have allowed only five hits in sixteen innings of work and out scored their opponents 32-0. Defensively, Lavaca is solid in the field and BethAnn May has been stellar from the rubber, striking out 31.
Offensively, Brianna Winchester leads this team of hard hitters. She has 5 triples and an in the park home run in her 20 hits, and is batting an incredible .571 on the season. As a team, the Lady Arrows are batting a whopping .381 with a .500 on base percentage. This team is also very fast and they like to run. Opposing teams will have to stay on their toes to hold the Arrows down.
Coach Vire doesn’t plan on doing anything different, just staying focused and keep playing one pitch at a time. He said, “I feel that we have a really good chance to compete. I want us to keep swinging the bat well and push runs in when we have runners on base. We need to keep doing all the little things well.” One thing is for sure, this tournament should be a lot of fun to watch. Lavaca awaits the winner of tonight’s Booneville vs Magazine game. The first round bye has Lavaca scheduled at 9:00 tomorrow morning.