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Lady 'Jackets roll early, often in rout of Lady Trojans

by Felisha Butler | April 10, 2021 at 4:05 a.m.

Eleven runs in the first inning cemented Sheridan's presence on the field as the Lady Yellowjackets came away with 20-0 shutout against Hot Springs Thursday.

Despite the loss, Hot Springs head coach Deana Franklin is proud of her team.

"We're young and inexperienced -- still learning the game," she said. "They work their tails off and strive to get better each day with each ball that is thrown, hit or pitched to them. I can't ask for much more. They are hungry to learn the game and get better. (Sheridan) just hit the ball well, and we made a few errors."

Senior Emily Greer got on the diamond first after a Lady Trojans' error before junior Riley Gillis hit a triple to bring in Greer for the first run of the game. Freshman Allison Goodwin smashed the ball to right field as Gillis ran in for the score after another Hot Springs mistake.

Multiple errors on the defense allowed Sheridan to keep its rhythm going until the Lady Yellowjackets fired away from the plate.

With the infield energy starting to pick up, the Lady Trojans managed to get out of the inning with a fielders choice and two ground outs.

Hot Springs didn't see much action in the bottom of the inning as after senior pitcher Kristen Walderns connected with freshman Audrey Turner at first base for the first out before striking out the next two Lady Trojans.

After sophomore Mallory Rish hit a single to midfielder, Rish stole third before senior Madison Taylor brought her in on a single. Senior Callie Holiman hit a sacrifice for the 13-0 lead.

Senior Jurnee Hicks finally got things going for Hot Springs with a single, but Waldern continued to fire away from the pitcher's circle.

The top of third was another big inning for Sheridan as a triple from Gillis kept the Lady Yellowjackets' momentum up, Goodwin hitting an RBI triple, senior Reagann Harper hitting an RBI single and sophomore Hanna Gilbert belting a double for a pair of RBIs.

Hot Springs senior Darnesa Hudson caught a fly ball for the first out of the inning with the Lady Trojans bringing it to a close as Hicks found junior Bella Timm for the tag out.

Waldern produced two more strikeouts in the final inning as Greer connected with Gillis at second for the final out.

Hot Springs hosts Lakeside at 5 p.m. Tuesday while Sheridan hosts El Dorado.

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