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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Lady Bulldogs wrap up 2-2A conference title

  • Quitman capped its unblemished 2-2A conference title run with a 10-0 thumping of Cotter’s Lady Warriors on Senior Day Thursday at the Quitman Sports Complex.

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  • Quitman capped its unblemished 2-2A conference title run with a 10-0 thumping of Cotter’s Lady Warriors on Senior Day Thursday at the Quitman Sports Complex.
    Senior pitcher Tori Ivy, who tossed a one-hitter, and senior second base player Taylor Bennett were honored after the five-inning game.
    “This was a good win,” said Quitman Coach LouAnn Sanders. “They are a good team. Everybody in the conference is competitive. This is not a weak conference at all so to be champions…That is definitely something we have worked hard for.
    I was proud of my girls being able to execute, putting the ball in play and making things happen. That has kinda been our motto all year to put the ball in play and make something happen. They did a good job with that today and in all of the conference games,” added Sanders.
    Quitman left little suspense, jumping out to a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the first frame. Facing Cotter right-handed pitcher Dani Stephenson, who had good velocity on her fastball, Bennett walked and then Sydney Johnson’s sacrifice-bunt turned into an error.
    With two runners in scoring position, Sydney Webb dropped a bunt that was fielded by Stephenson, who looked Bennett back to third base as Webb reached on the fielder’s choice.
    Katelyn Houston followed with a sharp grounder to third that was mishandled as Bennett scored but the Lady Warriors got an out when Johnson was tagged out after rounding third base too far.
    Samantha Burklow reached on another error, which loaded the bases for Ivy, who hammered a bases-clearing triple past shortstop and into the gap in left center, scoring Webb, Houston and Burklow for a 4-0 lead.
    After Alex Bohannan walked a stole second, Roseanna Ezell drove home Ivy with a chopper to second base, pushing Quitman’s lead to 5-0 before Stephenson avoided further trouble with a strikeout.
    Ivy pitched around a two-out walk drawn by Whitney Barkes in the second and the Lady Bulldogs added an insurance run in the bottom half when Webb laced an in-the-park home run down the left field line and into the corner.
    Ivy breezed through the third, only allowing a two-out walk by Stephenson. In the bottom half, Burklow reached on an error to start the inning but she was eventually stranded as Stephenson notched a pair of strikeouts.
    Kelsey Willingham beat out an infield single on a cue ball to the right side as the Lady Warriors notched their first base hit but Ivy got out of the fourth when Breanna Copeland lined to shortstop, where Johnson trapped the ball and turned a double play as Willingham headed back to first base, thinking the ball was caught in the air.
    Page 2 of 2 - Stephenson retired the Lady Bulldogs in order in the fourth but Ivy responded by not allowing a base runner in the fifth and Quitman ended the game with four runs on two hits in the bottom of the fifth.
    With one out, Houston ignited Quitman with an infield single, which was hit sharply to the hole on left side. Burklow then nailed an RBI triple over the right fielder’s head, scoring Houston for a 7-0 lead.
    Ivy walked and Bohannan was hit-by-a-pitch to load the bases but Stephenson fired back with a strikeout. Needing two runs to complete the victory, Trina Mannon bounced to shortstop Kenzie Walker, whose throw home sailed wide, allowing Burklow to score and Ivy also crossed safely once the ball caromed away from home plate as Quitman celebrated a 10-0 victory.
    The Lady Bulldogs improved to 13-5 overall while wrapping up league play with a record of 6-0. Cotter fell to 7-7 overall and 2-3 in league play. Quitman travels to McCrory for a nonconference game on Thursday.
     

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