It was quite the memorable weekend for the Sun-Times top three softball squads, as the Concord Lady Pirates, Rose Bud Lady Ramblers, and Quitman Lady Bulldogs all took home district championships while also seizing top seeds for this week’s regional tournament.
The Lady Pirates picked up their ninth victory in a row and twenty-fifth of 2018 after downing rival South Side Bee Branch 6-1 Friday afternoon in the 1A-2 South District title game at Pleasant Plains, hauling in their third consecutive crown. Senior pitcher Kendall White retired 11 batters by strikeout, adding four walks and one hit. Senior shortstop Kaleah Davis went one for two with a solo home run to lead off the fifth inning for Concord, finishing with two scored runs. Classmate and second baseman Macy Morgan followed right behind with two runs and an RBI triple in the sixth frame. White’s went three for three with one run to turn in double duty from the rubber and the plate.
Rose Bud improved to 24-1 on the campaign after routing Mayflower 15-0 Friday in the semis and outlasting Benton Harmony Grove 7-2 in the finals of the 3A-5 Tournament at Mayflower. Senior pitcher Jenna Hipp plated five runs on two hits, with classmate Gena Cartwright clipping on two hits and a score. Junior third baseman Joley Mitchell, who is in strong contention for MaxPreps National Player of the Year and recently broke the state record for most home runs in a season with 19, scored four runs in the win over the Lady Cardinals. Hipp also sit down four, allowing seven hits and four walks.
Quitman made it back-to-back championships Saturday at White County Central, besting Pangburn 14-4 in the 2A-4 East District tournament after taking down Hector 9-1 in the semis. The Lady Bulldogs traveled back to White County Monday to wrap up a two-game series with the Lady Ramblers in a battle of the top ranked teams in 2A and 3A, falling 4-0 to the defending 3A state champions.
Concord will begin their 1A Region 3 run with a 10:00 AM showdown with the Guy-Perkins Lady Thunderbirds in the first round tomorrow at Nemo Vista High School. The Lady Pirates annihilated Guy in their previous matchup, 21-1. Rose Bud will open up on their home field at the same time, facing off against Barton. Quitman will make the trek to Magazine to play the host Lady Rattlers.
For baseball, Concord, West Side, Pangburn, and Heber Springs all punched their tickets to the region, as the Pirates will play at 12:30 opposite side of Sacred Heart, leading to the Tigers colliding with Magazine at the same time, while West Side and Mt. Vernon Enola will lock up at 3:00, concluding with Heber tussling with Gosnell at 5:30 at Southside Batesville. Results from the tournaments can be found in next Wednesday’s edition.