After a four hour drive, the Mena Ladycats made quick work in the first-round of the 4A South Regional Tournament held at Dumas High School, as they defeated the DeWitt Dragonettes, 10-0, in five innings. Sophomore hurler, Lexi Brooks tossed a no-hitter and struck out nine of the 16 batters she faced. Brooks also threw first pitch strikes to 14 of the 16
Brooks beaned the first batter she faced in the game, but settled in and only let four batters step in the box in one of the five innings she pitched. The other four innings were three up and three down for Brooks and the Ladycats.
Brooks also led the Ladycats on the other side of the ball as she went three-for-three from the plate, with a pair of doubles and a single. Brooks also helped her cause with three RBI’s. Senior Bailey Bunch had three quality at bats and went two-for-three with a lead-off triple to start the game and also added a single. Bunch did reach base in all four at bats, two hits and two walks. Junior Daryan Torix went two for three with a single and a two RBI home run. Junior Kenzi Spurgin and senior Lexi Hansard each had singles, while junior Kristen Kesterson tallied a double.
The Ladycats scored 10 runs on nine hits and left five runners on base, while DeWitt scored no runs on no hits and left one runner on base. Only two Dragonettes reached base, one was plunked but was thrown out stealing, and the other walked and was left stranded on first base.
With the shutout victory, the Ladycats punched their ticket to the 4A State Tournament, to be held in Mena. The Ladycats advanced to the semifinals of the 4A South Regional Tournament and will face the Nashville Scrappettes. The Ladycats defeated Nashville in the regular season 5-0 and again in the 4A-7 District Tournament 11-0.
The Ladycats played Nashville in the semis on Tuesday, May 12th, winning the game 12-2 in five innings. The Ladycats advanced to the 4A South Regional Championship with the win and faced the winner of the Monticello and Bauxite game on Tuesday afternoon. As of press time, the game had not been played. Check out MyPulseNews.com for results.
The 4A State Softball Championship Tournament will be held on May 14-16 at Mena High School’s Union Bank Park. The Championship game will be held in Fayetteville at the University of Arkansas’ Bogle Park on Friday, May 22nd at 3:00 p.m.