Bauxite routs Pulaski Academy

BAUXITE – The Bauxite Lady Miners’ last two games have been ones of extremes. On Friday, the Lady Miners lost 12-1 to the Nashville Lady Scrappers in 7-4A conference action, and on Monday, Bauxite routed the Pulaski Academy Lady Bruins 17-0 to win its first conference game of the year.

Though the Lady Miners (3-5, 1-2 7-4A) lost big to Nashville, Bauxite Coach Wes Mode was more pleased with how his team played against the Lady Scrappers than in the 17-0 shellacking of the Lady Bruins.

“Actually played pretty good,” Mode said. “Nashville has some really good hitters. They should win conference. We only made one error. We actually played pretty good.”

Senior Shelby Durbin hit an inside-the-park home run to account for the only Lady Miners’ run. Her hit was a shot to right field which the right fielder misplayed. Durbin finished 1 for 3, as did Kati Daley, Taylor Hatten and Denise Harp, while Ashley Eisenhauer went 1 for 2.

“It was kind of weird,” Mode began, “we get beat 12-1, but I wasn’t too upset with the girls. [Nashville’s] 1 through 9 [hitters]can hit. They were 13 for 31. My pitcher did a good job of spotting her pitches; they’re just real good hitters.”

Senior pitcher Bethany Edwards pitched a three-inning perfect game in Bauxite’s 17-0 win over Pulaski Academy. Edwards had five strikeouts in those three innings.

“We had a much-needed win [Monday] night,” Mode said. “[The Lady Bruins] kind of helped us out. They kicked around some. We still didn’t bat really great.”

The Lady Miners were 5 of 18 from the plate against PA’s No. 2 starter, as its No. 1 starter was at the Final Four.

Daley had an inside-the-park home run which was very similar to Durbin’s in that the right fielder misplayed it.

Along with her perfect game, Edwards had a triple and three RBIs, Hatten was 1 for 3 and Allie Beech had a hit. The Lady Bruins walked nine and hit two batters with a pitch to go with their bad defense.

“They kind of helped us out,” Mode said. “I still wasn’t pleased with our hitting, but I’ll take it.”

The Lady Miners continue conference play when they travel to Malvern to play the Lady Leopards on Thursday.

The game was originally scheduled for Friday, but was rescheduled for Good Friday. First pitch is slated for 4:30 p.m.