The Rose Bud Lady Ramblers continued their recent hot streak Thursday afternoon, clobbering Heber Springs 14-0 in six innings, with junior third baseman Joley Mitchell adding on to her already historic 2018 campaign by crushing a pitch over the left field wall.
The visitors from White County struck first after Gracie Hartle doubled home Mitchell, adding three more scores courtesy of Mitchell’s state-leading thirteenth home run. The lead eventually grew to 9-0 in the fifth inning following Hartle’s moonshot to left-center, sparking five final runs to bring the game to a close an inning early.
Mitchell finished two for three in the batter’s box with four runs, three stolen bases, and six RBI. Gracie Hartle turned in a three for four performance, driving in three runs and scoring one herself. Junior Hailey Vaughn also added three hits and a run. Gracie Hartle earned the victory in the circle, striking out 11 while scattering three hits and only allowing two walks.
The Lady Ramblers (14-1) run-ruled Harding Academy 13-1 Monday, with Mitchell scoring four runs and senior Lauryn Swaffar adding to the cause with a two for three day with one run and three RBI. Hope Hartle retired 11 batters, allowing two hits, one run, and no walks.
Yesterday, the squad hosted an area team who has found success thus far and will look to compete for the Class 1A crown, the Concord Lady Pirates. After a home game against Southside Batesville, Rose Bud will go to 7A Benton on Saturday to take on the host Lady Panthers, also battling 7A Bentonville in what will serve as a test for the defending 3A champions.