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Lady Cardinals advance to semifinals

HARRISON -- Farmington jumped on Paragould early taking a 4-0 lead after two innings and posted a 7-0 shutout behind the pitching of Paige Devecsery in the Class 5A state softball tournament on Friday.

The win was the second for Farmington (25-4) in the 5A State tournament, sending the Lady Cardinals into today's semifinals against De Queen at noon at Harrison's Equity Bank Sports Complex.

The Lady Cardinals have won three state championships in Class 4A, the last in 2011, under coach Randy Osnes but had not won a state tournament game in Class 5A ranks until this year.

Farmington found a way to manufacture runs on Friday to build the big early lead.

McKenzi Bogan's RBI groundout in the first was actually all the run support Devecsery would need, but the Lady Cardinals were not done. Devecsery faced only 24 batters over seven innings to pick up her 15th win of the season against only two losses. She limited the Lady Rams to three hits, striking out five and walking none.

Ariel Young took the loss for Paragould. She threw six innings and yielded seven runs on six hits with a pair of strikeouts.

Farmington was efficient despite struggling as they did against Magnolia in the batter's box. The Lady Cardinals were a collective 6-for-27, a .222 average against Young, but plated six runs taking advantage of teammates getting on base through walks or errors. Leadoff hitter senior Carley Antwine was 2-for-4 with a double and a triple, scoring twice and driving in a run.

Antwine, first baseman Kally Stout, and Madison Parrish each drove in a run to contribute to Farmington's three-run second inning which gave the Lady Cardinals a 4-0 lead. Farmington added a run in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to put distance between them and Paragould.

Two other 5A West teams -- Morrilton and Greenbrier -- meet in today's other semifinal.

CLASS 4A

Gravette 2, Lonoke 0

Gabbi Scott delivered on the bases and Bailey Elmore delivered in the circle as the Lady Lions earned a quarterfinals win Friday in the Class 4A state softball tournament in Nashville.

Scott was 2-for-2, scored two runs and stole five bases to spark the Lady Lions (23-6), who advanced to today's semifinals.

Scott walked to open the bottom of the first inning, promptly stole second and third base and scored on Lexi Gerner's bunt single for a 1-0 lead, which was enough for the dominant Elmore who has been sensational in the post-season.

Over seven innings, Elmore allowed just four hits and struck out seven without allowing a walk. Elmore threw just 76 pitches with 58 for strikes.

Sports on 05/12/2018

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