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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Quitman runaway

  • Tied at 4-all going into the bottom of the third inning, Quitman sent 11 batters to the plate while scoring six runs and the Lady Bulldogs added five more in the fourth to runaway with a 15-4 victory over Pangburn in a key 2-2A conference showdown Tuesday at the Quitman Sports Complex.

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  • Tied at 4-all going into the bottom of the third inning, Quitman sent 11 batters to the plate while scoring six runs and the Lady Bulldogs added five more in the fourth to runaway with a 15-4 victory over Pangburn in a key 2-2A conference showdown Tuesday at the Quitman Sports Complex.
    Quitman’s third-inning onslaught started when Samantha Burklow drove a double into deep left field and Alex Bohannan drew a one-out walk then Roseanna Ezell roped an RBI single to right field, scoring Burlkow as the Lady Bulldogs took a 5-4 lead.
    After Trina Mannon beat out an infield single on a chopper down third base line, Taylor Bennett stroked an RBI single up the middle that plated Bohannan.
    Pangburn relieved right-handed starting pitcher Kayla Butcher with southpaw Kristen Kerby, who took over with the bases loaded. Sydney Johnson brought home Ezell with a sacrifice-fly to center, then Shelby Webb belted a 2 RBI single through the hole on left side of infield, scoring Mannon and Bennett as the Lady Bulldogs’ lead grew to 9-4.
    Webb scored on a wild pitch before Kerby got out of the jam when Tori Ivy popped out to Autumn Franks, who made the play in foul territory from her third base position, leaving Quitman’s lead at 10-4 going into the fourth frame.
    Ivy, the Lady Bulldogs’ starting pitcher, retired Pangburn in order in the top of the fourth and Quitman got right back to work in the bottom half, racking up five more runs.
    Ezell reached on a one-out error to get the Lady Bulldogs started then Mannon and Bennett each drew a walk to load the bases for Johnson, who lined out to Raven Matthews, who made a shoe string grab in center.
    Webb delivered again, this time with a 2 RBI single to center field, scoring Ezell and Mannon for a 12-4 lead. Katelyn Houston followed with a 2 RBI single up the middle that plated Johnson and Webb then Houston also motored around for a run once Pangburn committed a throwing error.
    With Quitman leading 15-4, Burklow laced a double to the alley in right center before Butcher, who came back in relief during the fourth, induced Ivy into a fly-out.
    Needing two runs in the top of the fifth to extend the game, Matthews led off with a single up the middle but Ivy retired the next three batters, including Kerby on a hot shot to Burklow at third for the final out.
    Pangburn snatched an early 1-0 lead as Matthews beat out an infield single on a slow roller to left side and she moved to second on a throwing error. With two out and two strikes on the batter, Matthews stole third and one pitch later she scored on a passed ball before Ivy pitched out of further trouble.
    Page 2 of 2 - Butcher held Quitman scoreless in the bottom of the first frame then Ivy left two runners stranded in scoring position in the top of the second as Johnson tracked down a pop-up in foul territory, hustling over from her shortstop position.
    Trailing 1-0 entering the bottom of the second, Quitman took advantage of five errors while scoring four runs – all with two out for a 4-1 lead. Mannon reached on an error, which allowed Bohannan to score after she also reached on a fielding miscue. Bennett then singled up the middle to load the bases for Johnson, who sent a grounder to the left side that turned into an error as Ezell crossed safely after reaching on a fielder’s choice.
    With Quitman now leading 2-1, Webb reached on another error, which allowed Mannon and Bennett to score as the Lady Bulldogs’ lead grew to 4-1 before Butcher escaped more damage with a strikeout.
    In the top of the third, the Lady Tigers tied the game with three runs on three hits, starting when Kayla Gray looped a single over shortstop.
    With two down, Kerby beat out an infield single on a slow roller to third base then Hannah Snowden ripped a 2 RBI single past first base and down the right field line. Franks, who reached on a fielder’s choice, scored along with Kerby then Snowden also came around to score  once the Lady Bulldogs committed a throwing error as Pangburn tied the game at 4-all only to see it fall apart in the bottom of the third.
    After resuming conference play at Salem Thursday, the Lady Tigers visit Clinton for a non conference game today at 4:30 p.m.
    Quitman, which improved to 2-0 in conference play, hosted South Side Bee Branch on Thursday before traveling to Class 4A Pottsville for a 5 p.m. start today.

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