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Lady Rebs meet Westside .. again

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Meeting for the fourth time in a 72-hour period, the Highland Lady Rebels and Westside Lady Warriors split a pair of 3-4A softball games March 23 at Ash Flat Ball Park.

Highland had beat Westside twice two days before en route to capturing the Rumble-N-Raiderville Tournament title in Jonesboro.

In their conference clash, Jessica Sellers ripped a triple to help Highland (10-1, 2-1) to a 4-3 victory.

The game was tied at 2-all in the sixth, but the Lady Rebs scored twice in the bottom of the frame to post a one-run win.

Karisa Hendrix fanned seven Westside hitters while allowing just three hits.

In game two, the Lady Warriors knocked off Highland 1-0, giving the Lady Rebs their first loss of the season.

The Lady Rebels opened 3-4A play in dominant fashion with a 6-0 shutout of the Gosnell Lady Pirates March 17 at Ash Flat Ball Park.

Highland was never threatened in this one and by the end of the second inning, the Lady Rebs were well on their way to their 11th straight conference win, after going 10-0 last season.

Hendrix struck out 15 Gosnell batters in the game and the big Highland fireballer only allowed one hit -- a single -- while walking four.

Highland posted the first run of the day in the home-half of the first inning.

Katheryn Bobo led off with a base-on-balls.

Stephanie Shaw moved Bobo to second on a sacrifice and then Bobo stole third with Alex Whitten in the box.

One pitch later, Bobo motored home as the Gosnell catcher threw the ball back to the hill, giving the Lady Rebs a 1-0 lead.

Hendrix struck out the side in the top of the second, setting up Highland's big explosion in the bottom of the frame.

Hendrix drew a walk to get things started for Highland in the home-half of the second. She was replaced on the base paths by pinch-runner Tracy Bolt.

Alison Price followed Hendrix' walk with a hot shot back to the pitcher, and she beat the throw to the bag. Courtney Sharp followed with a soft hit to right, loading the bases.

Murphy Williams stepped into the box and slugged a base hit to right, scoring Bolt.

Sharp then came home on a fielder's choice from Bobo. Williams plated the third run of the inning on a steal of home before Sellers drove in two runs with a hit to center. Gosnell starting pitcher Chelsey Zelenski was pulled in favor of Brooke Godsey at this point, but Highland led 6-0 after two.

And that turned out to be plenty of runs for the Lady Rebs.

Hendrix gave up Gosnell's lone hit of the game in the top of the fifth.

The Lady Pirates did get a rare triple play to end the bottom of the fifth, but Highland still posted a 6-0 victory.

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