Paragould shortstop Alex Brengard rares back to throw in a state quarterfinal game against Farmington on Friday in Harrison.
By Cole Turbeville firstname.lastname@example.org
HARRISON — The No. 1 seeded Greene County Tech Lady Eagles came out on the wrong side of a pitching duel on Friday afternoon in the 5A state tournament.
GCT’s Kaley Sessums and Morrilton’s Makenna Keeton combined for 13 scoreless innings in the circle on the afternoon, but it was the Lady Devil Dogs coming out on top with a 2-0 win.
The Lady Eagles had trouble finding any kind of rhythm at the plate against Keeton as Morrilton’s freshman ace allowed just three hits and struck out four in seven innings.
Sessums did her part in the circle for GCT, striking out five while allowing eight hits.
Sessums had one costly sixth inning against the Lady Devil Dogs, who plated its only two runs. No. 2-seeded Morrilton reeled off four straight hits against the sophomore as Mary Kate Kordsmeier drove in a run on a single to right field and Shelby Tindal plated the other on a single to left. The Lady Devil Dogs had a chance to do even more damage in the inning, but Sessums induced a double play and struck out Alyssa Sparks to get out of the jam.
GCT had a shot to answer in the bottom of the sixth with the top of the lineup coming up. Brooke Barnes was able to get on base on an infield single, but Keeton stranded Barnes thanks to a fly-out and a groundout to end the inning.
Still trying to rally, the Lady Eagles barreled up a couple of pitches in the bottom of the seventh, but both went straight to Morrilton’s outfielders as the Lady Devil Dogs survived and advanced to the next round.
Barnes, Kirsten Grubb and Brianna Everett had the only three hits for GCT.
Tindal had the only multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 with a single and a double.
The 5A-East district champion Lady Eagles finished the season with a 25-8 record.
FARMINGTON 7, PARAGOULD 0
After topping Farmington in the state opener in 2017, Paragould and the Lady Cardinals squared off for the second year in a row on Friday.
But, this time it was Farmington coming out on top as Paige Devecsery tossed a complete-game shutout to earn her team a 7-0 state quarterfinal win.
Devecsery gave up just two hits on the day as the Lady Rams struggled to get anything going at the plate.
The Lady Cardinals jumped on top quickly, scoring four runs in the opening two frames.
Carley Antwine had the big stick early with an RBI triple for Farmington.
Paragould pitcher Ariel Young regained her composure and held the Lady Cardinals scoreless in the third, but Farmington’s bats got going again in the fourth and fifth with as they pushed the cushion out to 6-0.
An RBI single in the sixth by Alyssa Reed put the game out of reach for MHS in the sixth.
Young gave up six hits and four earned runs in the ballgame while striking out a pair.
Taylor Beasley and Alex Brengard had the only two hits for the Lady Rams, who finished the year at 16-11.