BY EASTON LEONARD –
The Acorn Lady Tigers (6-7) faced off against County Line in the first game of the Regional Tournament last Friday. The Lady Tigers were dominant, displacing County Line 20-5. Acorn put on a hitting clinic against County Line, scoring 11 runs in the third inning to help create separation in the game early. Coach Chris Ledbetter was pleased with the way his team opened up the tournament, “It was a real collective effort. All of our girls, 1-9 hit the ball well. Tori Barrett pitched a great game, only gave up 4 to 5 hits and the defense played great. After a dominant performance in the opening round, Acorn lost a close one on Saturday against Mt. Ida by a score of 3-2. The Lady Tigers had their chances against Mt. Ida, several times placing runners on second and third, but unable to string together a series of hits Acorn couldn’t get over the top. “We felt good about the game. We really feel like if we would have won that game we would have matched up well in the championship,” says Coach Ledbetter.
Following the hard fought game against Mt. Ida, Acorn battled against Dierks on Monday. After a long weekend of competitive softball, the Lady Tigers ran out of steam and lost to Dierks 7-0. The Lady Tiger’s ace pitcher Barrett had a tired arm after the previous two games and Dierks came out hitting the ball well. “We competed hard, but feel like we could have done even better. In my opinion, there isn’t much that separates the top four seeds out of this region. We all compete well,” explains Coach Ledbetter.
Despite the loss, Acorn has secured their birth in the 1-A State Softball Tournament as a four seed. The Lady Tigers will face off against the fourth seed out of region one, Rural Special (3-15), today at 12:00pm. “We think that we have received a good match up and I am anticipating a good game from our girls.” Through their playoff run the Lady Tigers have been anchored by a couple of seniors, Harly Dearing and Brooke Bates, “Harley has been a four year starter at third base and she has been pivotal. Brooke has provided excellent hitting down the stretch.” The 1-A State Softball Tournament will be hosted by Woodlawn in Pine Bluff.