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GHS Softball Reach 20 Regular Season Wins
The Lady Bulldogs’ softball team celebrates in action from earlier this season. The GHS girls are wrapping up their regular season schedule and will compete in the 6A state tournament next week in Benton. (Photo courtesy of TheGreenwoodDogpound.com)

GHS Softball Reach 20 Regular Season Wins

By Richard White

The Greenwood Lady Bulldogs’ softball team reached the 20-win total last week and stand on the brink of making a run at the Class 6A state title next week in Russellville. After a mid-season stumble, losing four of five games, the GHS girls have righted the ship and won five games in a row, including a pair of forfeits from Little Rock Hall.

The current winning streak began on April 17th with a narrow 3-2 victory over Fort Smith Southside, and has now carried the GHS girls to consecutive wins (2) over Hall, Waldron, and Fort Smith Northside. Greenwood has games remaining against conference foes Russellville and Conway this week. The regular season finale will be Friday at home against Conway at 5 p.m.

Due to a lack of players, Little Rock Hall was forced to forfeit both of its scheduled games on April 25th. It went into the official record as a pair of 10-0 victories for Greenwood. But on April 29th the Lady Bulldogs earned a victory at Waldron the old fashioned way, winning on the field, 4-1.

The visiting GHS girls scored a single run in the first, added two more in the fifth, and an insurance tally in the sixth inning. Greenwood starting pitcher Kelsey Knox went six strong innings, notching six strikeouts before being relieved in the seventh by Victoria Taylor. The two hurlers combined to limit Waldron to just five total hits.

Greenwood bats were equally silent, earning just four hits, but the Lady Bulldogs took advantage of two Waldron defensive errors. No GHS player had more than one hit, but freshman Syndey Parker, junior Sydnie Henson, and sophomore Mikayleigh Davis all had a run driven home in the contest.

GHS head softball coach Ronnie Sockey wanted to see his team get off to a fast start last Wednesday against Fort Smith Northside, and he wasn’t disappointed. The Lady Bulldogs scored five runs in each of the first two frames and cruised to a 13-3 run-rule win over the Lady Bears.

“We didn’t hit very [well] (at Waldron) and we hadn’t played in a while – it was just our second game in two weeks,” said Sockey. “We’ve been off for a while and we were a little rusty. Then we came out and talked (Wednesday). We just had to come out and hit, and that was the difference.”

The first two GHS hitters in batting order, Sydnie Henson and Mikayleigh Davis, combined to go 5-for-6 with four RBIs in the game. Henson batted lead-off and went 3-for-3 with two doubles and a solo home run in the third inning. “Sydnie [had] two doubles and a line-drive home run. She set the tone for us,” said Sockey.

Greenwood’s five-run first inning was capped by a three-run homer off the bat of Devyn Gregory over the wall in centerfield, making the score 5-0. In the second inning the Lady Bulldogs (20-9, 10-2) added five more runs on six hits – four of them doubles – in building an insurmountable 10-0 lead.

Northside (9-9, 6-6) scored three runs in the top of the third, but Henson’s solo homer down the left-field line in the bottom of the frame swung the momentum back to the home team.

GHS pitcher Victoria Taylor allowed three unearned runs and eight hits over five innings. She had six strikeouts, the last two of them coming after Northside loaded the bases with one out in the fifth inning.

Along with Henson, Davis, and Gregory, Sydney Parker also went 3-for-3 for Greenwood and drove in runs with an single in the first and RBI doubles in the second and fourth innings.

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