Salem outlasts Heber Springs
They were forced to play catch-up, so play catch-up was just what the Salem Lady Greyhounds did against Heber Springs in the Rebel Rumble IV at Ash Flat Ball Park April 4.
Down 3-0 after the first inning, the Lady Hounds chipped off five unanswered runs and fought their way back to knock off the Lady Panthers 5-3.
Ashley Brooks earned the win for Salem, giving up just a pair of hits while fanning four and walking four in five innings worth of work.
Heber Springs crossed the plate three times in the top of the first, as the Lady Panthers used a two-run double and took advantage of a fielding error to grab a quick lead.
Salem got on the board with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second.
Allison Loomis started things off with a base hit and steal of second.
She later moved to third on a base knock from Shelby York. Loomis then motored home on a passed ball to give the Lady Greyhounds their first run of the afternoon.
Stephanie Judkins kept things rolling for Salem with a hit that plated York to pull the Lady Hounds within one, 3-2, after two innings of play.
Salem locked the game at 3-all in the home-half of the third.
Bethany Pate got on base with a single and then swiped second base. A fielder's choice from Laci Long pushed Pate to third and she then came around to score on a fielder's choice RBI by Brooks, evening things at 3-all.
Then the Lady Greyhounds slid into the driver's seat in the bottom of the fourth.
Loomis took first base on the first Lady Panthers' error of the frame, and after a fielder's choices moved her to third, Judkins also made it safely to first on a fielding error, while Loomis came home to score on the miscue.
Then Summer Moss smacked a shot that skipped under the glove of the center fielder, driving in Judkins to push Salem on top 5-3.
And with a two-run lead in her back pocket, Brooks took care of business in the top of the fifth, retiring Heber Springs 1-2-3, to preserve the Lady Greyhounds' 5-3 victory.
In the next game of the evening, the Westside Lady Warriors topped Salem 4-1.
Westside scored two runs in the bottom of the first and then added two more in the bottom of the fifth.
Salem's lone tally came in the top of the sixth when Pate stole home on a ball in the dirt.
Moss hit safely in the game, while Pate added a double.
The Lady Greyhounds knocked off the Gosnell Lady Pirates earlier in the afternoon, after they opened tournament play with a 5-0 loss to the homestanding Highland Lady Rebels.