Photo by Johnna Morgan
Congratulations to the Lavaca Lady Arrows for qualifying for the Arkansas State Championship Tournament. The Lady Arrows will enter the tournament as the number two seed after a crazy week in Harrison. The Lady Arrows had to wait out the rain, but were finally able to take to the diamond in the 2A West regional this past weekend. First up for Lavaca was Yellville-Summit. The Ladies made short order of Yellville putting them away in only three innings by a score of 16-1. The Lady Arrows had 8 hits, 8 walks, 10 RBI’s. BethAnn May was, as usual, brilliant on the mound only giving up 2 hits and 1 walk….and they were off and rolling.
In the Semi final game, Lavaca would face off again with Hector. Lavaca was 0-2 against Hector this season and this was a game for redemption. By time this battle had ended Lavaca had indeed found redemption, beating Hector 4-3. This was an exciting come from behind win late in the sixth inning. The lady Arrows were down 2-0 when Morgan Taylor had a leadoff single to start things off. Brianna Winchester then doubled moving Taylor to third. Sierra Lamb then doubled to center field scoring both Winchester and Taylor to tie the game at 2. Brooklynn O’Kelley singled, moving Lamb to third. Then Kinzee Jo Brown tripled to score both Lamb and O’Kelley to take a 4-2 lead going into the final inning. The defense held and Lavaca found themselves in the championship game against their arch rival, Hackett, once again.
The championship game was a back and forth game. Hackett took an early 2-0 lead in the 3rd inning, but Lavaca battled back in the 4th to claim a 3-2 lead. The bottom of the 4th the Lady Hornets retook the lead 4-3, only to have it agin be erased in the 5th. when Lavaca put 3 more on the board taking a 6-4 lead. Hackett pulled away for good in the bottom of the fifth when they posted 8 more runs. Lindsey Morgan added another run for the Lady Arrows when see hit a bomb that left the yard in the top of the sixth to round out the scoring. Arrows took the loss 12-7.
The Lady Arrows ended the Regional tournament as the Regional Runners-up and the two seed going into the State tournament which starts on Thursday in Mountain Home. The loss to Hackett was heart breaking but the Lady Arrows are still playing and will have to have a short memory as they prepare to take on Melbourne in round one. They will take the field at 12:30. They already have so much to be proud of, but I know that they still have much that they want to accomplish this year. I know that they will be fired up and ready to prove that they are far from done. Good Luck Lady Arrows!