BATESVILLE — 22-21 is not a weird football score from a spring scrimmage. No, it was the final score in the first game between the Batesville Lady Pioneer and Jonesboro Hurricane Tuesday afternoon. The Lady Pioneers swept the Hurricane 22-21 and 12-2.
The Lady Pioneers (10-1, 4-0) and the Hurricane 4-12, 2-4 both came out swinging. They both scored three runs each in the first inning. The Canes exploded in the second and put up eight runs, but the Lady Pioneers answered and added five of their own. The Hurricane added two more runs in the third to make it a 13-8 game. Batesville tied the game in the fourth when they put up seven runs. The Canes added two runs in the fifth, but the Lady Pioneers took the lead with a four run bottom of the fifth. Both teams went scoreless in the sixth. The Canes had a four run inning to push their lead to three, 21-18. The Lady Pioneers walked it off with a four run inning of their own.
Belen Sanchez had a team high five RBIs on six at bats. She had batted for the cycle with a single, double, triple and homerun.
Abby Hurley drove in two runs for the Lady Pioneers. She was close to the cycle but missed out on the single. She had a double, two triples, and a homerun.
Kaelyn Gooch had four RBIs along with a triple.
Taylor Rush brough in three batters.
Madison Childers had two RBIs while Hannah Kimmer and Jaden Barber had one each.
The second game of the doubleheader was controlled by the Lady Pioneers from the start.
They started as the visiting team and put up seven runs to open up the game. They scored two more in the second, two in the fourth, and one in the fifth.
Sanchez was once again the leader in runners batted in, this time she had three. She also had a homer this game. Hadley Cunningham and Barber both drove in two. Cunningham had a double. Taylor Rush, Caeley Wood, and Kimmer had doubles as well. Wood, Kimmer, and Childers all had one RBI.
The Lady Pioneers will travel to Paragould today for a pair of conference games against the Lady Rams.