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Viola second at Rumble

Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Viola Lady Longhorns started their day off at the fifth annual Rebel Rumble at Ash Flat Ball Park April 3 with an early morning victory over Class 4A Jonesboro Westside.

However, Westside had its revenge late that evening by topping the Lady Longhorns twice, the last time in the championship game, to take home first place in the tournament.

But it was anything but a walk in the park for the Lady Warriors.

Westside used some late inning heroics to slide past Viola 5-4 in the championship contest.

The Lady Horns put a four-spot on the board in the top of the third to move in front 4-0.

Leslie Barker drove a hit to left that scored Heather Simmons to start things rolling for Viola. Taylor Griggs then blasted a double to left that plated Dedra Johnston and Barker. Griggs came home on an error for Viola's last tally of the third.

Westside pulled within one run in the home-half of the third, thanks in part to a pair of runs scoring on a fielding error for Viola.

The Lady Horns were retired in order in the top of the fourth and with the game's time limit running out, the Lady Warriors made their move in the bottom of the fourth, scoring the winning run with a two-out, two-RBI hit to right from Katie Nelson.

To earn the right to square off with Viola for the tourney title, Westside beat the Lady Longhorns 5-0 in the game right before the championship match.

It took two extra innings, but the Lady Longhorns managed to fend off the Salem Lady Greyhounds for a tight 6-5 victory to advance in the tourney.

Due to time restrictions, Viola's clash with Salem ended regulation play tied at 4-all after four innings.

Abby Blevins led off the top of the fifth with a standup triple to left and then she came home on an RBI-single from Autumn Coffman to give Salem a 5-4 lead.

Viola knotted the game at 5-all in the bottom of the fifth, thanks to a hot shot up the middle from Ashley Newton that drove in Leslie Shrable.

The Lady Hounds weren't able to bring in Callen Curtis, who started off the sixth on second base due to tie-breaker rules, leaving the door open for the Lady Longhorns in the home-half of the sixth.

And Viola took advantage of the opportunity.

Heather Simmons delivered a hit to center that plated Andrea DuVall from third, giving the Lady Longhorns a 6-5 win.

Viola jumped in front 2-0 in the bottom of the first inning, scoring both runs on balls in the dirt.

Dedra Johnston and Leslie Barker both scored for Viola in the first.

The Lady Greyhounds put together a three-run third inning to switch the lead to Salem's side.

Caught in a rundown between third and home, Bethany Pate managed to stay alive long enough to score Salem's first run of the game.

Summer Moss swiped home for the Lady Hounds' second tally of the third and then Blevins beat a throw home on an infield hit by Paige Hollis for her team's third run of the stanza.

Salem tacked on another run in the top of the fourth, as Moss sent a skipping shot past third that drove in Hollis for a 4-2 Lady Greyhound advantage.

But Salem's two-run lead didn't hold up long.

Viola loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the fourth and Kelsey Amberger came home to score on a sacrifice fly from Simmons for the Lady Longhorns' first run of the fourth.

One hitter later, Johnston drilled a hit to left that brought home DuVall to knot the game at 4-all.

The Lady Longhorns also knocked off Class 4A Gosnell in the tournament.



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