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Three days after losing to Vilonia 1-0 in the semifinals of the Bootise Gordon Memorial Tournament, the Benton Lady Panthers will host Vilonia at the Benton Softball Complex beginning at 5 p.m.
The game was already scheduled to be played at Vilonia, but inclement weather forced Vilonia to move the game to Benton. Vilonia won the tournament on Saturday, defeating Lake Hamilton 5-2 in the championship game.
Bentonâ€™s Jessica Smith pitched four innings in the semifinals, allowing five hits, no strikeouts and one walk.
Viloniaâ€™s one run came in the fourth inning after a lead-off double and a single to score the runner gave them a 1-0 lead over the Lady Panthers.
Jessica Franklin came in of relief for Smith, pitching two innings and allowing one hit with three strikeouts.
Tiffani Pledger was 2 for 2 with a double and a single while Bailey Gately was 2-2 with a stolen base.
The Lady Panthers left eight runners on base against Vilonia.
Immediately afterwards, Benton played defending 5A State Champion Greenbrier in the third place game. Greenbrier would win 9-2, but coach Eric Ryan said a lot of that was due to the girls still dwelling on the previous game.
â€śMentally it showed up in the way we played,â€ť Ryan said of the Lady Panthers, who committed five errors in Saturdayâ€™s game.
Franklin, Bentonâ€™s starter against Greenbrier, pitched two innings, allowing six runs (three earned) on four hits with a walk and a strikeout.
Lauren White pitched three innings of relief, allowing three runs (two earned) on two hits with a walk and two strikeouts.
â€śWe were still stuck in the last game,â€ť Ryan said. â€śTo have so many opportunities to score, I feel like the girls were a little down on themselves and stuff.
â€śIn this game of softball, your success depends on how you deal with the failures of the game.â€ť
For Mondayâ€™s practice, the Lady Panthers worked on what they needed to do to get the runners in.
â€śGreenbrier is a very good hitting team and so when you leave it right over the plate, they are going to hit it,â€ť Ryan said. â€śBut a lot of it was early in year inexperience. We have a lot of inexperience as far as playing time is concerned.â€ť
Other news from the tournament includes the Sheridan Lady Yellowjackets defeating Springdale Har-Ber 2-1 in the consolation games.
The winning pitcher was Hannah Hicks. Sheridan will host Lake Hamilton tonight at 5 p.m. and improved to 2-1 on the season after the tournament at Benton.
â€śOverall I was pleased with our performance in the tournament,â€ť coach Eddie Woodall said.
The Lady Yellowjackets lost to Greenbrier 1-0 after an error by the shortstop allowed a run to score in the top of the sixth.View more articles in: