April 18, 2012 Edition

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The Hoxie Lady Mustangs are Lawrence County softball champions. Team members include (front, from left): Chasity Kingsland, Amber Hayes, Caitlyn Steele, Autumn Nelson, Hali Pratt, Oliva Green, Shea Grissom, Harley Kincade; (back) coach Chris Wagoner, Sierra Morris, Emily Hatfield, Courtney Sears, Maria Fry, Cayley Rosson, Emma Slusser, Kelsi Lundberg, Madison Lawson, Hayley Eubanks and coach Braden Watson.
Submitted Photo ~ Missy Dudley

Runner-up honors in the Lawrence County Softball Tournament went to the Walnut Ridge Lady Bobcats. Team members include (front, from left): Dylane Brown, Sabrina Knight, Hannah Massey, Ashlyn Cothern, Felicia Price; (back) Hannah Doane, coach Joe Fisher, Kasie Deuerling-Hammond, Christin Holsapple, Raven Dobbs, Brittney Dobbs, Allyson McQuay and coach Jacob Kersey.
Submitted Photo ~ Melonie Knight

Lady Mustangs are
county champions

Lady Bobcat Sabrina Knight prepares to catch a throw during the finals of the Lawrence County Softball Tournament. Walnut Ridge finished as runners-up to the Hoxie Lady Mustangs, who won the game 12-7.
Submitted Photo ~ Melonie Knight
Nathan Hibbard
Staff Writer

Hoxie's Lady Mustangs defeated Walnut Ridge 12-7 to claim the championship of the 2012 Lawrence County Softball Tournament in front of a home crowd at Hoxie High School on Saturday.

The Lady Mustangs were led offensively by Harley Kincade, who was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate, and had three stolen bases. Cayley Rosson went 3-for-4, including two triples.

Hali Pratt pitched a seven-inning complete game to earn the win. She allowed seven hits and recorded seven strikeouts.

For Walnut Ridge, Sabrina Knight and Ashlyn Cothern each had two hits and scored two runs, while Raven Dobbs also had two hits. Felicia Price had one hit and scored twice. Hannah Massey had a hit and scored a run, and Brittany Dobbs had a hit.

Massey started in the circle for the Lady Bobcats and registered six strikeouts.

Hoxie - S-H

The Lady Mustangs earned their spot in the finals by defeating Sloan-Hendrix 11-4 earlier in the day.

Chasity Kingsland batted 3-for-4, with a double. Courtney Sears and Rosson each had two triples.

Pratt surrendered four hits and struck out eight batters to earn the win.

WR - Hillcrest

Walnut Ridge advanced to the final game with an 11-4 victory over Hillcrest, who had defeated Black Rock in Game 1 of the softball tournament.

The Lady Bobcats tallied five runs in the sixth inning to break open a close game.

Brittany Dobbs went 2-for-4 and scored a run. Massey had one hit and scored twice. Raven Dobbs scored three runs, and Hannah Doane scored two runs. Felicia Price had a hit and scored a run. Christin Holsapple and Dylane Brown each scored a run.

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