NORTH LITTLE ROCK — Conway secured second place in the 7A Central softball race Thursday and swept it season series against North Little Rock with a 10-1 victory.
The Lady Cats (14-8, 9-1) used a 14-hit attack and five-hit pitching by Megan Goodnight to surge to victory. Conway also played an error-free game for the second time this season in what coach Chad Longing termed, "one of the best defensive games I’ve ever seen by Conway.
"It looks like everyone is starting to gain confidence at the plate. Fourteen hits is hard to beat."
Goodnight struck out three and walked two in seven innings. She also was 3 for 5 with three RBI, a home run and a double. Jordan Yandell was 2 for 4 with two RBI and two runs. Taylor Kuhn was 2 of 4 with two RBI. Maddie Shaw was 2 for 3 with an RBI and a walk.
Going into this season, Conway had not defeated the Lady Charging Wildcats, a perennial state power, in three years. It won the first game this season on a walk-off home run.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK — The Wampus Cats moved to 8-3 in 7A Central, using a 15-hit attack to defeat North Little Rock, 8-4, at DeJanis Memorial Field.
Cody Russell had three hits for the Cats, including a three-run home run. Tyler Langley drove in two runs with two hits. Alex Smith, Jacob Adams and Colin Fluesmeier each had two hits.
Connor Prout allowed six hits in the complete-game victory.
GREERS FERRY — St. Joseph (13-3) pounded out 17 hits Thursday on the way to a 11=1 victory over West Side of Greers Ferry.
Jacob Lampe and Dylan Schrekenhofer combined for a four-hitter. Cole Schichtl was 4 for 4 with 4 RBI. Cole Schafers was 3 for 3. Austin Harris was 3 for 4 with an RBI. Lampe was 2 for 4 with 2 RBI, Kordsmeier was 2 for 3 with an RBI. Nash Nichols had a hit and an RBI.
"Hopefully, we gained some confidence at the plate today and that it carries over to district," said coach Luke Davis.
GLEN ROSE — Mayflower (19-9) reached the semifinals of the District 5-3A tournament here Thursday with a 6-3 victory over Benton Harmony Grove.
The victory clinched a spot for the Eagles in the regional tournament.
Tyler Herrin was 3 for 3 and drove in five runs in the 13-hit attack.
Trailing 2-0 in the first, Mayflower scored on singles by Michael Post, Trey Bradley, Herrin. Ty Fowler’s RBI single in the second tied the game at 2. The Eagles scored two in the third on singles by Derek Vickers, Jordan and a two-run double by Herrin. Harmony Grove scored twice in the fourth on two Mayflower errors. SIngles by Fowler, Post, Bradley and two more RBI by Herrin gave the Eagles a 6-3 lead in their half of the fourth.
"There is always room for improvement," said Mayfloewr coach Joe Albritton. "We have to take care of business against Arkansas Baptist."
Vickers struck out seven in the complete-game victory. Post, Vickers, Bradley and Fowler each had two hits.
MILLINGTON, Tenn. -—The Hendrix College baseball struck out a season-high 12 times but fell to Rhodes College, 7-2, in the first round of the 2012 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament at USA Stadium on Thursday.
The Warriors (22-19), the second seed from the West division, lost to the Lynx (27-13), the second seed from the East, last season in the opening round, but rebounded to advanced to the tournament finals.
Nathan Harr led the Warriors with two hits, a stolen base and a RBI. Sophomore Collin Radack recorded a single, was hit twice and had two steals. Matt Burnick drove in three on two hits, including a double for the Lynx.
Rhodes starter Jackson Baker (8-4) fanned 10 over eight innings, allowing five runs and one earned run to pick up the win. Freshman lefty Nino Tutino (2-3) last 3.1 innings, giving up six hits, five earned runs, three walks and hitting three batters with a strikeout. Freshman reliever Nick Land struck out four and gave up a hit, a run and two walks in 5.2 innings of relief.