Airedalettes rout Morrilton in league opener.
Alma coach Charla Parrish was pleased her Airedalettes were able to win their opening-round game of the 5A-West softball tournament.
Parrish was especially happy for her seniors in Alma’s 10-1 win against Morrilton on Monday, a win which guarantees the Airedalettes (11-13) a berth in next week’s 5A State Tournament.
“I’m glad for these six seniors that we have on the team,” Parrish said. “Winning this game does clinch a chance for us to go to the state tournament, and this will be their fourth year in a row to get to go and so that was a big plus for them, and I’m proud that they were able to make things happen and win that game.”
One senior who came through in Monday’s win was Zoie Lunsford, who drove in five runs on a pair of triples.
Her first triple gave Alma a 2-1 lead, a two-out two-run shot to right center. Lunsford then cleared the bases with a three-run triple to left, highlighting a six-run sixth as the Airedalettes broke the game wide open.
“She’s a senior that has (come through) and did some hitting for us off and on all year, and (Monday) was her night to be the one to step up and get some good hits for us,” Parrish said.
“We had several (hits) off and on there (in the sixth), that’s one thing that the last few games we haven’t been able to do. … We’ve just had trouble scoring the runs, but (Monday) after the fourth inning, at least we started hitting the ball a little bit better and scoring some runs.”
Senior pitcher Andrea Griffin settled down after allowing an unearned run in the top of the third. She gave up three hits, only one coming after the third while striking out one.
“She’s also a senior, she’s worked hard all year and it was a good win for her,” Parrish said of Griffin. “She did a great job pitching for us, keeping them off-balance and letting them only score one run, that was an awesome job by her.”
Along with Lunsford, Jenna Wilson also went 2-for-4 for Alma. The Airedalettes increased their lead to 4-1 in the fourth on Rachel Longmate’s two-out, two-run single right down the line in left, and that score stood until Alma’s six-run sixth.
Alma will now move on to the conference semifinals, where the Airedalettes will play at Greenbrier, with first pitch set for 5 p.m. Thursday.