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Lady Gators tough, indeed

Thursday, June 2, 2011

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The Foreman Lady Gators may not have wrote the book on softball in the state of Arkansas, but they've sure added plenty of content to the last several chapters.

Winners of the last five Class 2A State Softball championships, the Lady Gators earned their seventh straight trip to the title game with an 11-1 victory over the Salem Lady Greyhounds in the Class 2A semi-final round May 16 at Pine Bluff Regional Park.

The Lady Hounds, champions of the 2A North Region, needed to survive a couple of extra-inning nail-biters in the state tourney's first two rounds just to earn a date with Foreman.

And it was quickly evident why Foreman is the five-time defending state champion and came into the meeting with Salem sporting a 30-2 record.

Lady Gator starting pitcher Kimmy Beasley, a University of Arkansas signee, had another outstanding afternoon in the circle for Foreman.

The hard-throwing lefty struck out 14 and walked two, while pitching seven innings of two-hit ball against Salem. She faced just two batters over the minimum in the contest.

And less than a week later, Beasley would strike out 17, leading Foreman to its sixth straight softball title with a 4-1 win over Magnet Cove.

But despite those gaudy stats, Beasley did have a shaky spot in the bottom of the sixth inning against Salem.

Down 9-0 at that point in the game, the Lady Greyhounds finally broke through and made a charge at Foreman.

With one out in the frame, Callen Curtis started things off with a base-on-balls.

Autumn Coffman followed by drawing a free pass, giving Salem its first base runners of the game. Curtis later swiped a pair of bases to end up at third with Bethany Pate up to bat.

Pate came through big-time with a hit that shot between first and second, allowing Curtis to scamper home on the hit.

Coffman also tried to motor home on the play, but she was thrown out at home to end the inning.

The Lady Gators picked up a pair of runs in the visitor's-half of the seventh, one on a mis-played ball in the outfield and the other on an infield hit from Henderson State signee Amy Halter. Halter later tried to steal third, but Abby Blevins tagged her out to end the frame with Foreman leading 11-1.

Beasley retired the Lady Hounds one-two-three in the bottom of the seventh to cap Foreman's 11-1 victory.

Ashley Brooks took the loss for Salem, striking out a pair, while walking four in seven innings in the circle.

The Lady Gators led 1-0 after the first inning and then added two runs in the top of the third.

Jasmine Hardwick and Kelsey Ross had an RBI-single apiece in the third for Foreman.

Ross came up big for the Lady Gators in the top of the fifth, smacking a double to right that plated two runs, moving Foreman in front 5-0.

The Lady Gators' four-run sixth inning was highlighted by a two-run homer over the fence in left field by Beasley.



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