BY NORM BETZ –
The Mena Ladycats are headed back to the 4A State Championship looking to end this season with one more victory. The Ladycats have met two-thirds of their season goals and are looking to finish off the last one this Friday, May 22nd, when they will battle the Lady Miners of Bauxite in the 4A State Championship game, to be played on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Bogle Park. First pitched is slated for 3:00 p.m.
The Ladycats met their first goal of capturing the 4A-7 District Title when they defeated Bauxite, 2-1, at the district tournament held at Waldron, Arkansas. Mena went on to grab their second goal of the season, when they traveled four hours to Dumas, Arkansas, where they destroyed Bauxite 13-0, to win the 4A South Regional Tournament. Their third goal awaits them on this Friday, as they will fittingly, play Bauxite for the 4A State Title.
The 26-3 Ladycats have cruised through the 4A Classification to this point in the season. The Ladycats three losses came in the River City Rumble Tournament in Van Buren, Arkansas, and all three were to opponents above the 4A Classification. The losses were all by the score of 1-0, to 7A Rogers, to 6A Greenwood, and to 5A Vilonia. Other than that Mena has had little trouble with 4A opponents with the exception of the District Championship, when the Ladycats defeated Bauxite, 2-1, in the bottom of the seventh inning, on a throwing error.
The Ladycats have outscored their 4A counterparts this postseason by a margin of 63 runs. The Ladycats have outscored their 4A-7 District opponents 13-1, in two games, their 4A South Regional opponents 35-2 in three games, and their 4A State opponents 18-0, in two games.
There’s just one more game for the Ladycats and that is the 4A State Championship vs Bauxite, to be played this Friday, May 22 at 3:00 p.m. at Bogle Park at the University of Arkansas.