After picking up its first win in five seasons, Hot Springs' Lady Trojans softball team picked up two five-inning conference wins in Tuesday's doubleheader against J.A. Fair.
The Lady Trojans (3-0, 1-0 5A South) took a 13-1 win in the first game against the Lady War Eagles (1-6, 0-2) before taking a 17-7 win in the second.
"We got conference wins, which is a great start for us," said head coach Deana Franklin, noting that it had been five seasons since the team had managed to earn a win.
Hot Springs jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning before giving up the one run to the Lady War Eagles in the top of the second. The Lady Trojans stretched their lead out with six runs in the bottom of the inning to make it 10-1 before adding one in the third and two in the fourth to hold on for the win.
Freshman pitcher Kaileen Griffeth (3-0) gave up the one run on three hits while striking out 10 batters in a full-game performance, and she had one hit in the game.
Junior Roriana Burgess, who attends classes at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts and played her freshman and sophomore seasons at Blytheville, hit a pair of doubles with one RBI. Junior Summer Owens had a double with two RBI, sophomore Jurnee Hicks had a double with one RBI and senior Elizabeth Wimberly finished with a single and two RBI.
The second game resulted in fewer hits for both teams, but the Lady Trojans withstood a late run by Fair to take the win.
Griffith picked up the win in the second game as well, coming out in the third before finishing the game in the circle. She finished with five strikeouts.
"She came out in third and then came back in to finish it," Franklin said. "Her arm was hurting, so she didn't think she could but came in and finished it. It went longer than it should have."
The Lady Trojans jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first two innings, but the Lady War Eagles put up five in the top of the third to pull within 7-5. Hot Springs added three in the bottom of the inning to make it 10-5.
Fair added two in the top of the fourth while the Lady Trojans added seven in the bottom of the inning, keeping the Lady War Eagles scoreless in the top of the fifth for the win.
Hicks had a pair of hits with one RBI, sophomore Mallory Bratton had a single with two RBI and Wimberly had one RBI off a fielder's choice.
The Lady Trojans will travel to Cutter Morning Star today before facing Texarkana on the road on Friday.Sports on 03/14/2019
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