Lady Cardinals' win streak to four

HASKELL – The Harmony Grove Lady Cardinals’ softball team continued their winning ways following spring break on Monday and Tuesday. On Monday, the Lady Cardinals opened up their conference season with a rout over Glen Rose, 10-3. Tuesday was a litter tougher when Harmony Grove met up against Perryville for a 1-0 win at home.

The Lady Cardinals started Monday’s game with two quick outs including a strikeout of Morgan Ramsey followed by a fly out by Laura Britt. Holly Drombetta tallied the game’s first hit with a double, bringing Kristen Dempsey to the plate. With an 0-1 count, Dempsey turned on a pitch and put Harmony Grove on the board first with an RBI single.

Macy Coffee followed with an RBI double scoring Dempsey to make it 2-0 Lady Cardinals. Molly White ended the inning with a ground out to third.
Glen Rose cut into the Harmony Grove lead in the bottom of the first after Rebecca Tuggle scored after being walked. That was all the Lady Beavers could get until the seventh inning. Dempsey shut Glen Rose down in the first with back-to-back strikeouts and a fielder’s choice.
The Lady Cardinals sent six hitters to the plate in the second, but could only get one across to make it 3-1 Lady Cardinals.

After being shut down in the third and fourth inning, the Lady Cardinals batted around in the fifth to score six straight runs on four hits and five walks to make it 9-1 Lady Cardinals. The scoring was over for both teams until the seventh when the Lady Cardinals added an insurance run after Drombetta reached third on a triple. A sacrifice fly by Dempsey on the next at-bat made the score 10-1.

Glen Rose added two in the bottom of the seventh but could not come all the way back as the Lady Cardinals took game one of conference play to get to 7-2 overall on the year.

Robin Baxley and Dempsey led the Lady Cardinals with three hits. Dempsey collected two RBIs. Baxley added one of her own. The Lady Cardinals as a whole went 17-31 at the plate.

Dempsey totaled nine strikeouts while giving up five hits and three walks in the contest.

Tuesday was a much different story for the Lady Cardinals when they faced off against Perryville. Dempsey opened the top of the first with a three-up, three-down performance from the circle. The Lady Cardinals did get two runners on base, but could not score in the first inning.

Both pitchers continued to shut each other’s respective teams down at the plate. Dempsey and the rest of the Lady Cardinals’ defense allowed only one runner to advance past second base in the game. For the Lady Cardinals, it was not until the seventh inning when they finally advanced a runner successfully past second base. After a ground out by Drombetta to start the bottom of the sixth, Dempsey followed with a double for the Lady Cardinals. White added a single to put runners on first and third with one out, bringing Torie Simmons to the plate with a chance to put her team up for the first time in the game.

With a 1-1 count, Simmons grounded out to second, but scored Dempsey to put her team on top, needing just three outs in the top of the seventh to end the game.

After a fly out by Perryville to start the seventh, Dempsey gave up a single. That was as far as the runner could get as Dempsey shut down Perryville for the rest of the inning, forcing a pop out to third and a line out to second to end the inning and the game at 1-0, advantage Lady Cardinals. Dempsey gave up seven hits but never allowed a runner to get past second.

As for the Lady Cardinals, they totaled only five hits in the game. Dempsey also struck out six Perryville hitters in the game. Ramsey led the Lady Cardinals with a 3 for 3 showing at the plate against Perryville. Coffee had a tough day at the plate, striking out three times in the contest.

With the win, the Lady Cardinals moved their overall record to 8-2 and their current win streak to four. The Lady Cardinals will take on Benton’s freshmen squad on Friday at Lady Panther Field. First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m.