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Softball: Gravette pounds Fayetteville, 7-0

FAYETTEVILLE — One big inning was enough for Gravette on Friday night.

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Kildow, Elmore (4) and Ellis; Richardson and Smythe. W — Kildow L — Richardson HR — Kildow

Friday’s scores

Maumelle 8, Fort Smith Southside 6

Conway 8, Nashville 6

Bentonville West 10, Gentry 0

Gravette 7, Fayetteville 0

Gravette scored five runs in the second inning and went on to defeat Fayetteville 7-0 in the first round of the Fayetteville/Farmington Invitational Tournament. The game was called after five inning because of a 70-minute time limit for the tournament.

Freshman Gabbi Curtis went 3-for-3 with a triple, a double and a single for Gravette, which outhit Fayetteville 11-4. Winning pitcher Cally Kildow added a two-run home run for the Lady Lions.

“Gabbi is a kid who can fly,” Gravette coach Taos Jones said of his leadoff hitter. “She’s multi-dimensional and she’s not intimidated by anyone.”

The 12-team, double-elimination tournament will shift exclusively to Farmington beginning at 8 a.m. today. Winners’ bracket games will be played at Farmington High School and losers’ bracket games at the Farmington city fields. The championship game is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. at Farmington High School.

Gravette (5-4) took command against Fayetteville (2-4) with five runs on five hits in the second inning. Kildow’s home run and Curtis’ threerun triple fueled the surge. Jaki Chalk, Bailey Elmore and Robin Davis each added doubles.

Gravette received help in the field from Fayetteville, which committed three errors in the first three innings. The Lady Bulldogs were particularly sloppy in the second inning with a dropped popup at third base and misplays in the outfield that allowed runners to take extra bases.

“You can’t give good teams extra outs, especially teams with really good pitching,” Fayetteville coach Jason Shirey said. “We dug ourselves a hole and we couldn’t get out. Unfortunately, that’s what we’ve played lately.”

Fayetteville will play at 9:30 a.m. and Gravette at 11 a.m. today against teams not yet determined by press deadline on Friday night.

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Kildow, Elmore (4) and Ellis; Richardson and Smythe. W — Kildow L — Richardson HR — Kildow

Bentonville West 10, Gentry 0

Hallie Wacaser hit two home runs in her second straight game, and Anna Griffin added another as West rolled past Gentry during Friday’s opening round of the Fayetteville-Farmington Invitational in Farmington.

Wacaser started the bottom of the first inning with a solo home run, then added a two-run shot in the third before Griffin hit her two-run shot later in the inning. Both players also had an RBI single as part of a four-run second.

Wacaser also shined in the circle, throwing a two-hit shutout through four innings and struck out four while walking two.

Elkins 11, West Fork 1

Sophia Hollingsworth pitched a two-hitter and struck out seven to lead the Lady Elks to a 3A/4A Conference win Thursday.

Elkins used a seven-run second inning to secure the run-rule win. The Lady Elks managed just seven hits, but five walks and four West Fork errors opened the gates.

Hollingsworth helped herself at the dish by going 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs. Lyndsey Dugan was 2-for-2, and Sarah Parrish and Hannah Hurst each drove in a pair of runs for Elkins (2-1).

Pea Ridge 7, Gentry 1

The Lady Blackhawks broke open a close game with five runs in the sixth inning.

Keria Bryant was 4-for-4 with two doubles, a triple and two RBIs for Pea Ridge. Alli Whatley was 2-for-2 with a double.

Dominique Burwell earned the win in the circle, allowing four hits with five strikeouts.

BASEBALL

Bentonville West 6,

Neosho, Mo. 4

West erupted for four runs in the sixth inning, then held off a late Neosho comeback to claim a nonconference victory and snap a three-game losing skid Friday in Neosho.

The Wolverines (4-3) led 1-0 through five innings before their outburst. Jason Gloeckler drove in a run with a fielder’s choice, then Zach Trammell belted a two-run double before a Neosho error allowed the fourth run to score.

Neosho did all of its scoring in the bottom of the seventh off three hits, two walks and a sacrifice fly. The Wildcats had the tying run at the plate, but Dakota McDonald picked up a strikeout to end the game and record the save.

Bentonville 11,

Webb City, Mo. 9

A nine-run outburst in the fourth inning helped Bentonville erase a 5-1 deficit, and the Tigers held off Webb City to claim a nonconference victory Friday at the Tiger Athletic Complex.

Kyle Knight had the big blow with a bases-loaded triple that tied the game at 5, then scored the go-ahead run on an error. Bentonville (3-3) then reloaded the bases again, and Bryce Davis emptied them with his double to deep left field for a 9-5 lead before scoring on Cameron Duncan’s single.

Webb City made it close with three runs in the top of the seventh and had the tying runners at the corners, but Bentonville picked off the runner at third to end the game.

Cade Lastovica, the second of four Tigers pitchers, picked up the victory with two innings of work.

Springdale Har-Ber 8,

Crossett 6

The Wildcats (5-0) jumped out to an 8-1 lead after six innings and held off a late Crossett comeback attempt Friday afternoon.

Crossett scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning on a single, double, fielder’s choice and an error, but Byers Elmore recorded the final out in the win for Har-Ber. Daniel Ezell drove in three runs for the Wildcats and Blake Adams plated two more as part of a 2-for-3 day.

Treshon Paschal got the start for Har-Ber, striking out five in three innings on the mound. Landon McAlister pitched two innings and struck out two to earn the win.

Mansfield 10, Elkins 7

A seven-run fourth inning doomed Elkins in a 3A/4A Conference loss Thursday.

Mansfield trailed 2-1 before exploding for seven runs. The Elks scored four in the bottom of the fourth but could not hold off the Tigers.

Spencer Davis was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs for Mansfield. Chase Smith, Will Trollinger and Dylan Jones all had doubles for the Elks, and Trollinger drove in two runs.

Gravette 8, Gentry 1

Brodie Parsons allowed just three hits and and fanned nine in a complete game gem to lead the Lions.

Kilby Roberts was 3-for-3 with a double for Gravette. Mason Dagley was 2-for-3, and William Owens stole a pair of bases.

Lincoln 7, Chelsea, Okla. 1

Cordelle Whetsell doubled and drove in two runs to lead the Wolves.

Jasper Terry stole two bases for Lincoln to back starter Sterling Morphis, who went the distance and allowed five hits and struck out seven.

Prairie Grove 9, West Fork 1

Chase Wade and Jaden Higgins combined to limit West Fork to just four hits. Wade went six innings and struck out seven, and Higgins pitched the seventh inning.

Drew Cates was 3-for-4 for Prairie Grove, and Austin Jentzsch was 2-for-4 with a double. Cole Speed also doubled in the win, and Clay Fidler drove in two runs. Cole Simmons and Fidler each stole two bases.

Tournament scores

Maumelle 8, Fort Smith Southside 6 Conway 8, Nashville 6

Bentonville West 10, Gentry 0 Gravette 7, Fayetteville 0

GRAVETTE 7, FAYETTEVILLE 0

Sports on 03/18/2017

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