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Lady Cougars tops in Rebel Rumble

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Izard County Lady Cougars spotted Salem a 4-2 lead before storming back with seven unanswered runs to capture the championship game of the seventh annual Rebel Rumble April 7 at the Ash Flat City Park's Martin Field.

Kaydie Campbell started the game off with a single for the Lady Cougars before Salem set down Izard County's next three hitters in a row.

The Lady Greyhounds struck paydirt in the bottom of the first on an inside-the-park home run from Hailey Crisp.

Brooke York followed that with a single and then later came around to score by stealing home on a ball in the dirt to give Salem a 2-0 lead.

Izard County got on the scoreboard in the visitor's half of the third when Molly Taylor blasted a triple to deep left that plated Campbell.

Stephanie Shrable then brought Taylor in to score with a base hit that squared things at 2-all.

But the Lady Hounds scored a pair of runs in the home-half of the third to move back in front.

A fielder's choice off the bat of Kirby Aldridge plated Crisp for Salem's first run of the third. York then scored her second run of the game, once again by swiping home on a passed ball, lifting Salem ahead 4-2.

That's when the Lady Cougars moved ahead to stay.

Alex King drilled a shot between first and second that plated Kenzie Brewer and Taylor Booth to tie the game at 4-all.

One batter later, Campbell delivered a well-placed shot that brought King home, giving Izard County a 5-4 lead.

Salem went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the fourth, before the Lady Cougars tacked on another tally in the top of the fifth.

Shrable hit a ball to the outfield that was kicked around, allowing her to score on a three-base error, giving the Lady Cougars a 6-4 advantage.

Then, in the top of the sixth, the Lady Cougars crossed the plate three more times.

A hit up the middle of the box from Makayla Gross drove in a pair, followed by a sacrifice fly from Hailey Hall that gave Izard County a 9-4 lead.

Pendergrass led off the bottom of the sixth with a single for Salem and Abbey Blevins got on base after being hit by a pitch, but the lady Hounds got not bring them in to score, leaving Izard County with a five-run win in the finals of the 2012 Rebel Rumble.

Taylor threw two innings of two-hit ball for the Lady Cougars, giving up two walks.

Hall came in and worked the rest of the evening, allowing one hit, while walking three, fanning three and hitting one batter.

McCollum worked four and 2/3 innings in the circle for Salem, giving up nine hits while walking one and fanning two. York came on in relief and gave up a pair of hits while striking out one and walking two.

To get to the finals, Izard County beat Pocahontas 12-2, and knocked off Viola 5-3.

Salem's road to the championship contest started off with a 5-2 win over Izard County in the tourney's opening-game. The Lady Hounds then doubled-up Cave City 19-8 and eased past Melbourne 2-1.

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