One day after picking up a pivotal 3-2 victory over 2-4A Conference foe Southside Batesville, Heber Springs defeated Melbourne 5-0 on the road as sophomore pitcher McKenzie Cresswell tossed a no-hitter.
One day after picking up a pivotal 3-2 victory over 2-4A Conference foe Southside Batesville, Heber Springs defeated Melbourne 5-0 on the road as sophomore pitcher McKenzie Cresswell tossed a no-hitter. Needing a victory to stay alive in the league title race, the Lady Panthers rallied from a 2-1 deficit last Monday against Southside, tying the score in the fifth and taking their first lead in the bottom of the sixth. Sophomore pitcher Courtney Rackley, who limited the Lady Southerners to five hits while striking out seven and walking two, improved to 6-6 for the season after slamming the door in the top of the seventh. Skye Miller, Courtney Verser, Bridget Muse, Hannah Mangum and Cresswell each contributed a base hit for the Lady Panthers. Miller and Madi Fires each stole two bases and scored one run, and pinch-runner Carli Ludwig also scored a run for the Lady Panthers. Verser led Heber with 2 RBI, while Cresswell drove home one run. In Tuesday's 5-0 win at Melbourne, Cresswell struck out four and walked six without allowing a hit in seven innings. The Lady Panthers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second then busted the game wide open with three runs in the fifth and one more run in the sixth. Alexis Ingram, Muse, Mangum and Cresswell each collected two hits for the Lady Panthers, while Fires added one hit, two stolen bases and one run scored. Ingram and Verser each scored a run and drove home a run, while Cresswell led Heber with two runs scored. Miller swiped a team-high three bases for Heber, which travels to Pine Bluff Dollarway for its final 2-4A Conference game on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.