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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Lady Bulldogs top Mountain View

  • Quitman used timely hitting and fielding to beat Mountain View 9-6 on Tuesday at the Quitman Sports Complex.
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  • Quitman used timely hitting and fielding to beat Mountain View 9-6 on Tuesday at the Quitman Sports Complex.
    The Lady Bulldogs racked up nine hits ­  – one more than Mountain View. Pitcher Michaela Ball relied on her defense, which committed seven errors but came up with several big plays.
    Quitman trailed 3-2 after the first inning and 4-2 after two frames before rallying with four runs in the bottom of the fourth.
    The Lady Bulldogs added two insurance runs in the fifth, but Mountain View responded with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth.
    Leading 8-6, Quitman posted one more run in the bottom of the sixth and held off the Lady Yellowjackets in the final frame.
    “I thought the key was our infield,” said Quitman coach Tim Hooten. “Sydney Johnson at short did a marvelous job. She doubled them off on a fly ball and I thought that was huge. When they had runners on base our girls did a great job of getting outs.”
    Leadoff batter Katelyn Houston reached on a single in the bottom of the first inning and scored when Shelby Webb roped an in the park home run.
    “Houston got us started right away,” said Hooten. “Webb hit it to the fence and got all the way around. That was a great hit. It’s always nice when you can get an in the park home run and she has the speed to do it.”
    Webb finished 2 for 4 with 2 RBI and 2 runs. Lexie Smith (2 for 3) and Roseanna Ezell (2 for 3) also contributed 2 hits apiece for Quitman. Smith scored 2 runs and Ezell came around once.
    Sydney Johnson (1 for 4) added 2 RBI and 2 runs, while Houston (1 for 2) and Maggie Webb (1 for 4) each notched a hit.
    Shayna Burklow scored a run for the Lady Bulldogs, who are currently 1-0 in conference play.

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