HASKELL — All season, Harmony Grove head coach Sammi Massey has been preaching the importance of not waiting until the third or fourth inning of games to start playing. But for whatever reason, it just hasn’t quite sunk in.
However, up until Tuesday it hasn’t been a problem as the Lady Cardinals are notorious for scoring an average of seven or more runs in those middle innings. Against Arkansas Baptist, it would not matter though as the Lady Cardinals had no answer for Lady Eagles pitcher Erin Woods, who threw a no-hitter and led Baptist to a 7-0 win at Haskell.
“I really don’t know why we didn’t hit it,” Massey said. “I didn’t see that she had anything, and they didn’t tell me that she had anything. For some reason, we were out on our front foot, dropping our back shoulders, all the things that we haven’t really been doing.”
Only three Harmony Grove players reached base during Tuesday’s game. Kaylee Allen reached on a walk in the first inning, and Stephanie Parins hit a ball to short, reaching on the play.
In the fourth inning, Macy Coffee made it to first after the pitcher dropped an infield pop up, and Parins reached on a throwing error by Baptist’s third baseman.
Baptist took a 2-0 lead in the first inning thanks to an RBI ground out by Taylor Wilcox that scored Heather Witcher, who reached on a single to begin the inning. An RBI double by Kayla Mayes plated Jordan Poe, who walked.
Baptist scored three more runs in the third, thanks mostly to a two-run double by Woods, and scored two more in the fourth for the 7-0 lead.
In the fourth inning, with two runners on, Woods hit a single to left field, but the outfielder fell down trying to field the ball, which allowed both runners to score.
The Harmony Grove Lady Cardinals will play Lakeside Thursday at 3:30 p.m. Massey said, before that game, the team will have to work on both hitting and defense before their final conference game against Jessieville.