BAUXITE – The Bauxite Lady Miners ended a short two-game losing streak Tuesday, taking down Little Rock Christian 12-7 at home to open 5-4A Conference action, improving to 4-2 overall, 1-0 in league.
After a scoreless first inning from both squads, the Warriors (1-1, 1-1) struck first with a leadoff solo home run from Ally Hamaker to lead 1-0.
Bauxite, though, would answer in the bottom half, scoring five of its own.
After a walk and back-to-back singles to open the frame, Skylar Hoyt brought some fireworks to the dish with a bases-clearing triple to put the Lady Miners on top for good.
Madalyn Ferrell would make it 4-1 with and RBI single two batters later prior to MJ Bermingham’s RBI single later in the inning that made it 5-1 Lady Miners after two.
The Warriors, though, kept with the long ball, adding another solo shot in the third, this time from Mia Smith to left field.
Up 5-2, the Lady Miners would blow the contest open in the bottom of the third with five more runs. Hoyt opened the barrage of runs with a 2-run double, followed by and RBI single from Kaci West to make it 8-2 Bauxite.
Emma King got in on the home run action herself, depositing a 2-run shot over the right field wall later in the inning, making it 10-2 advantage Bauxite.
After a scoreless top of the fourth, Bauxite would be back at work quickly, adding two more runs to its already hefty lead.
Carley Clark singled home Jaycee McClellan before Bryley Bowman scored on an RBI groundout from Hoyt to make it 12-2.
Needing a spark and fast, Little Rock Christian began its comeback in the fifth, adding two runs on a double from Sadie Smith, cutting Bauxite’s lead to 12-4.
The Warriors would go silent until the seventh when they added three more on a single and double before ultimately running out of outs as Bauxite held on.
Ferrell led Bauxite with three hits, an RBI and two runs, followed by McClellan, Hoyt and Katie Wells, all with two hits.
Hoyt’s impressive night ended with six RBIs and two runs scored, as well.
Bauxite would mash out 14 hits in the game, only striking out four times and also drawing four walks.
Clark allowed 14 hits and six earned runs in 6.2 innings of work. She would sit down 11 via strikeout.
The Lady Miners played at Clinton Wednesday in more conference action and take on Bismarck in Bauxite today in nonconference play.