Pointers edge Russellville. Lady Pointers suffer close loss. Alma wins league softball game.
A late rally ended a pitcher’s duel on Friday night.
Chase Moore squirted a base hit over first base, scoring Jeremiah Douglas, to cap Van Buren’s 2-1 win over Russellville on a nonconference game.
Moore’s single capped the late game, which was delayed two hours by a scheduling conflict, and a pitcher’s duel between Van Buren’s Trevor Johnson and Russellville’s Reed Rispoli.
Johnson went the distance, needing only 76 pitches with 52 strikes. Johnson allowed two singles in the second inning and retired the final three batters of the inning to escape any damage. He gave up a lead-off single to Cole Dawson in the third inning and then retired the final 15 batters he faced, going to three balls on a batter just once.
Joel Barker’s sacrifice bunt moved Dawson all the way to third base from first, and Ryan Meador’s deep sacrifice fly plated Barker as Russellville (10-9) took a 1-0 lead. Meador’s sac fly was the only hard hit in Russellville’s final 15 outs.
After Dawson’s single, Johnson threw just 45 pitches. Johnson struck out six.
Johnson earned the win when his Pointers scored a run in the fifth inning to tie the game before the game-winner in the bottom of the seventh.
In the fifth, Douglas reached on an infield single, moved to second on a walk by Evan Jones, stole third and scored on pinch-hitter Dakota Peters’ sharp single up the middle.
That was all Van Buren (15-2) mustered off Rispoli, who left with an out in the sixth inning after throwing 95 pitches.
Douglas led off the home half of the seventh with a full-count walk. He took second on a passed ball. With two outs, leadoff hitter Landrey Wilkerson was walked intentionally, and Moore followed with the game-winning single. Douglas scored easily.
Van Buren got hits from six spots in the order and had base runners all but the first inning.
ALMA 7, RUSSELLVILLE 0
The Airedalettes jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning and went on to the 6A/5A-1 win on April 14.
Peyton Barnhill was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Jenna Wilson doubled and drove in two runs as well for Alma.
Taylor Coulson needed just 58 pitches to record a four-hit shutout over seven innings. She also struck out one.
BENTONVILLE WEST 4, VAN BUREN 3
The Lady Wolverines scored three runs off of three hits, but the game-winning run was walked in at Van Buren was handed its third conference loss of the season at home on April 13.
Whitney Ellis put the Lady Pointers on the board with a three-run home run and Van Buren led 3-0.
Bentonville West answered back with four hits and a pair of walks at the top of the fourth.
Ellis, Baylor Miles, and Natalie Scherrey had two hits each for Van Buren.
Emma Wood kept Van Buren off-balanced by scattering those six hits over seven innings with nine strikeouts.
McKennah Sikes gave up eight hits with four walks and six strikeouts. She only gave up three hits in the first five innings.