Heber Springs had the opportunity to play a lot of softball against stiff competition this weekend at the Clarksville Tournament.
Heber Springs had the opportunity to play a lot of softball against stiff competition this weekend at the Clarksville Tournament. Following a 7-6 loss at Southside Batesville on Thursday, the Lady Panthers traveled west to Clarksville, where they split four games against schools from higher classifications. In Thursday's loss to Southside, sophomore catcher Skye Miller (2-for-3) led the Lady Panthers with two hits, one run and four stolen bases, while senior shortstop Alexis Ingram drove home three runs, scored a run and stole two bases. Also for Heber, senior second base player Courtney Verser registered 2 RBI, while sophomore left fielder McKenzie Cresswell, sophomore right fielder Makenzie Martin and designated player Kaleigh Kyzer each contributed a hit. Heber opened the Clarksville Tournament with a 4-2 loss to 5A Alma. Miller, Ingram, Cresswell, Verser, junior Hannah Mangum and junior Madi Fires each had a hit for the Lady Panthers, while sophomore Sarah Peeler drove home a run. The Lady Panthers bounced back with a 5-2 win over 5A Huntsville behind two hits from Fires, who finished 2-for-3 with two runs. Miller (2-for-3) also finished with two hits and a run scored, while Ingram (1-for-3) and Peeler (1-for-3) each knocked home two runs and scored a run. Cresswell picked up the win on the mound before handing the ball over to Courtney Rackley, who picked up the save in the Lady Panthers' win over Huntsville. In the third game of tournament play, 6A Russellville only allowed one base runner to reach safely – on an error – as the Lady Cyclones rolled to a 5-0, five-inning victory over Heber. The Lady Panthers wrapped up tournament play by blanking 7A Springdale 6-0 as Rackley tossed four innings, struck out eight and only allowed one hit. Ingram (2-for-3) paced Heber with 4 RBI, one run and three stolen bases, while Miller finished 1-for-1 with three runs and four stolen bases. Also, Peeler drove home two runs for the Lady Panthers, who scored two runs in the first, second and fourth frames. Fires and Kyzer each added a run for Heber.