Van Buren wins Monday contests. Lady Pointers defeat Har-Ber at home.
Connor Catron’s two-run triple highlighted a four-run ninth inning Monday as the Van Buren Pointers defeated the Rogers Mounties, 7-3, in nine innings Monday night.
Trevor Johnson (5-0) worked 2 2/3 innings in relief of Ethan Holmes for the victory.
The Pointers (14-1, 6-1) hosted Rogers on Tuesday.
Landry Wilkeson, who was 3-for-4 with two runs scored, singled home D.J. Reeves to give the Pointers a 1-0 lead.
Rogers led 2-1 in the fifth when the Pointers struck for a pair of runs. Catron’s RBI singled tied the game at 2 and Chase Moore, who scored twice, raced home on a wild pitch to give the Pointers a 3-2 lead.
The Mounties tied the game with a two-out rally in the seventh, forcing extra innings.
Van Buren, which wasted Ethan Holmes’ leadoff triple in the seventh, didn’t let Wilkerson’s leadoff triple go to waste in the ninth. After Moore walked, Holmes followed with an RBI single to make it 4-3, and Catron followed with a two-run triple.
Catron scored an insurance run to account for the Pointers final run.
VAN BUREN 5, ROGERS 3
SOFTBALL — McKennah Sikes two-run home run broke the tie and gave the Lady Pointers another 7A West win on Monday at Rogers.
Sikes, who had just five strikeouts and two over the last four innings relied upon her defence to keep Rogers from reaching home.
After giving up three runs in the third on a couple of errors, Van Buren made 10 plays, including a crucial double play in the sixth.
Courtney Storey had a one-out double and Kaylan Melvin walked to put two runners on base. Mikelyn Bush hit into a double play, with Whitney Ellis making the tag at third and the throw to first baseman Haley Hogan to end the threat.
The win keeps Van Buren in contention for the conference title as the squad improved to 12-4 overall and 4-1 in league play. Bentonville leads the pack at 6-1 in conference and 18-1 overall with Rogers (9-5, 5-1) in the mix.
Sadie Beeman absorbed the loss for her seven innings of work. Beeman struck out nine and gave up nine hits and a walk — Caroline Davis, who proved to be the game-winning run.
Van Buren was plagued with a couple of errors in the third inning which allowed Rogers to take a 3-2 lead. Faith Edwards had the big hit with her two-run single followed by a RBI single from Sarah Hulsey.
The Lady Pointers got on board with a two-out, two-run single from Baylor Miles at the top of the third.
Lauren Suggs tied up the game with her single which scored Janelle Parga from second base.
Sikes, Suggs and Hali Bartholomew had two hits each for Van Buren. Sikes and Miles also had two RBIs each.
Rogers’ Cassie Gonzales led the game going 4 for 4 at the plate.
VAN BUREN 4, HAR-BER 3
SOFTBALL — Sikes retired the side in both the sixth and seventh innings to keep Har-Ber from rallying back in a league contest at home on Friday, April 7.
Sikes gave up seven hits and two earned runs with seven strikeouts. She has 269 strikeouts for her career.
Har-Ber loaded up the bases in the fifth with one out after a pair of errors and scored a run to get with one, 4-3. Sikes struck out the next batter and the final out was caught by Davis to end the threat.
The Lady Wildcats stranded four batters for the game with three in scoring position.
Sikes helped her own cause with a solo home run in the bottom of the first.
The Lady Pointers took the lead in the third. Whitney Ellis’ RBI double tied the game and a sacrifice fly from Baylor Miles allowed Ellis to score to make it 3-2.
Van Buren loaded up the bases in the fourth after two outs with a pair singles from Cali Jones and Natalie Scherrey. Cearra McPherson walked the next two batters and brought in the game-winning run to put the Lady Pointers up 4-2.
Har-Ber did most of its damage at the top of the first by loading up the bases with no outs, but only got two runs out of the deal. McPherson and Abi Scott drove in runs as they were thrown out at first.
Van Buren finished with six hits, all from six different players. Har-Ber’s Claire Collier led the game going 3 for 4.