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Youthful Lady Bears get on-the-job training against Highland Lady Rebels

Thursday, April 8, 2004

Sports Editor

Megan Scribner allowed just one hit, and the Lady Rebels went yard four times, to earn a 24-3 victory over the young Mammoth Spring Lady Bears April 2 at the State Park in Mammoth Spring.

With a roster made up mostly of ninth and 10th graders, Mammoth Spring has been forced to gain experience by taking the field and learning on the job.

Highland wasted precious little time in grabbing control of the game early by crossing the plate 12 times and batting around in the visitor's half of the first inning.

Andrea Sublett, hitting out of the number-two slot, notched a double that brought in Scribner for Highland's first run of the afternoon.

Kristin Young followed that by slamming the first of the Lady Rebs' four inside-the-park round trippers, good for two more runs.

After reaching first on a throwing error, Angie Nicholson later came in to score by swiping home base.

Kaci French got in on the RBI-action for Highland by nailing a double down the third-base line that plated a run. Hallie Ballow and Courtney Sublett then posted a pair of RBI-singles, as did Nicholson.

Brandy Breckenridge wrapped up the Lady Rebs' first inning uprising by planting a ball deep in left field for Highland's second homer of the frame, scoring three runs and staking Highland to a 12-zip margin early.

Mammoth Spring managed to get one run back in the home-half of the first as Scribner walked the bases full of Lady Bears.

Ann Whiteside posted Mammoth Spring's first RBI of the day on a fielder's choice, But the Lady Bears were still in an 11-run hole.

Things got worse for Mammoth Spring in the second as Highland tacked six more runs onto their lead.

Courtney Sublett brought one run in on an infield hit, before a pair of deep shots did the rest of the damage.

Scribner jacked a ball to left that allowed her to round the bases, bringing one run in with her.

Nicholson pulled the same trick two batters later, smoking a shot to right that was good enough for a three-run homer, pushing Highland in front 18-1.

The Lady Bears posted their final two runs of the contest in the bottom of the second.

Jodie Walsh led off with a walk and later stole second and third.

She came home for Mammoth Spring's second run of the day on a passed ball, scooting home on a stolen base.

Jonnie Bellows drew a bases-loaded walk late in the frame, bringing Whitney Lawerence in to make the score 18-3, Highland.

The Lady Rebels rounded out their victory by striking for six final runs in the third.

Michelle Scholz posted a run-batted-in on a base hit, as did Courtney Sublett.

Andrea Sublett added two more RBIs to her day with a fielder's choice before another run came home via a Lady Bear error.

Nicholson finished the Highland scoring by swiping home for the second time on the day, giving the Lady Rebels a 24-3 win.

Megan Scribner paced Highland with a single, double and homer, missing out on the cycle by a triple, and she also posted two RBIs.

Andrea Sublett brought three runs in on a single and double, while Kristin Young followed with a home run and two singles, good for two runs-batted-in. Angie Nicholson homered once and added a base hit and four RBIs, with Courtney Sublett logging two RBIs on three hits. Brandy Breckenridge notched three ribbies on a homer, and Kaci French hit a double and single, while driving in a run.

Hallie Ballow, Michelle Scholz and Ashley Butler all singled for Highland, with Ballow and Scholz posting an RBI each.



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