Not to be confused with the “Flower Power” hippie movement of the 1960’s and early 1970’s, these Rose Bud Lady Ramblers have blossomed into a potent bunch complete with hitters that can crush the ball to all fields.
Rose Bud put its version of “Flower Power” on display Tuesday, banging out 13 hits and scoring 18 runs in the first inning alone against an overmatched Carlisle team. With only one out, the Lady Ramblers began to filter in reserves, cruising to an 18-1, three-inning victory while improving to 13-1 overall for the season.
Rose Bud Coach Matt Porter said he likes his team’s focus lately, especially while winning the upper division of the Batesville Pioneer Classic. “We played real well this past weekend at the Batesville Tournament. We won the upper division part of the tournament up there. We went 4-1 and beat Trumann, Valley View twice and Batesville in that tournament. We really hit well, had a good focus, played well and kinda got it all together for the first time this year.
We had a good game yesterday against Nemo Vista, we beat them 9-2 and they are the defending state champs [Class 1A] with a lot of girls back so we have been playing well,” added Porter.
Rose Bud’s lone loss this season came against Valley View at the Pioneer Classic. Playing out of the winner’s bracket, the Lady Ramblers avenged that loss, taking two of three over the Lady Blazers, including the winner take all championship game.
In Tuesday’s massacre of Carlisle, Tori Lemieux breezed through the first inning, retiring the Lady Bisons in order before Rose Bud exploded for 18 runs, including seven before an out was recorded.
Kali Whitlow got the Lady Ramblers started with a walk then Tori Willborg pushed a bunt single past third base and Lemieux reached safely on a sacrifice-bunt turned error. With the bases loaded, Dana Naquin laced a 2 RBI single to centerfield that scored Whitlow and Willborg for a 2-0 lead.
Sara Sartin followed with a fly-ball to left field that was mishandled, allowing Lemieux to score. Madelyn Murphree and Jessi Mann drew consecutive walks, pushing across Naquin before Ericka Kaylor pulled a 2 RBI single down the left field line, scoring Sartin and courtesy runner Destany Naquin.
Leading 6-0, Marisssa Holland poked an RBI single to center that scored Mann but Carlisle finally got an out before Willborg drilled a 2 RBI single to left field that plated Kaylor and Holland.
Lemieux hammered an RBI single to center that scored Willborg and Dana Naquin slammed another single to center then Sartin crushed a 2 RBI double off the top of the left field fence, scoring Lemieux and Naquin.
With Rose Bud leading 13-0, Murphree walked and Mann was hit-by-a-pitch as the Lady Ramblers loaded the bases for Kaylor, who ripped an RBI single through the hole on left side, scoring Sartin.
After Carlisle changed pitchers, Rose Bud continued to roll as Holland looped an RBI single to right field that scored Mann and Whitlow, a lefty, launched a three-run home run over the right field wall as the Lady Ramblers extended their lead to 18-0.
Carlisle finally got of the inning without additional harm despite a double by Lemieux and single by Dana Naquin.
Holland pitched the final two frames for Rose Bud, limiting Carlisle to one run with the help of a double play turned by backup first base player Tess Capps, who caught a line drive and stepped on first base to complete the play.
Rose Bud (13-1, 2-0) resumed 2-3A conference play on Thursday in a doubleheader at Brinkley. On Monday the Lady Ramblers are scheduled to visit Heber Springs. Opening pitch is set for 4:30 p.m.