Mikayla Lewis snapped a 2-2 with a go-ahead two-run single Friday to power the Alma Airedalettes to a 5-2 win against Siloam Springs in 6A-Central play.
Andrea Griffin was the winning pitcher.
Lewis was 3-for-3 with three RBIs.
"(Friday) was a big game for us; it put us in a big spot for state," Lewis said. "The last few games I’ve been kind of down with my hitting, and (Friday) I came back and dropped my hands and kept my head on the ball. I was able to get some runs in."
"It’s a big win; it’s one we really needed to get us one step closer to state," Alma coach Charla Parrish said. "We still have to go to Siloam Springs and Russellville, and we have Greenwood (in Alma). This puts us at 2-and-1 and Siloam is now 1-and-2. It was a great win for us."
Zoie Lunsford’s inside-the-park home run helped Alma build a 2-0 lead after three. The Lady Panthers tied the game before Lewis delivered her go-ahead hit.
Van Buren 12, Conway 0
McKennah Sikes threw a two-hit shutout and she and Ashton Sangster connected on grand slam home runs to power the Lady Pointers to the 7A/6A-Central road win. Van Buren is 3-1 in the 7A portion of its conference.
Sikes was 3-for-5 and drove in six runs. She had a two-run single in the second before hitting her grand slam in the fourth, giving Van Buren a 7-0 lead.
Sangster’s grand slam closed out the scoring in the top of the seventh, as she finished the game 3-for-4 while scoring four times. Caroline Davis also went 3-for-5 and scored twice.
Sikes gave up two hits in seven innings while walking one and striking out four.