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Softball Takes Home Tournament Title
Softball Takes Home Tournament Title
Brent Roberts
Thursday, March 14, 2019

The Lady Bulldog softball team braved the rain, wind, and competition at its first tournament of the season--the Lady Panther Invitational Tournament at Clarksville. In its opening game versus Sylvan Hills, senior Kinlee Varnell took the first pitch of the contest and blasted a solo home run. Bald Knob never looked back, defeating the Bears 5-0. Despite falling behind 6-0 in the opening frame, Bald Knob chipped away in its second game against Pottsville, the 2018 4A State Runners-Up. The senior duo of Madi Pierce and Grace Pickens picked up a 2-run RBI double and RBI infield single, respectively, to clinch an 8-7 win. A pitcher's duel ensued on Saturday, as freshman Madyson Shoebottom sparkled in her first career no-hitter. Bald Knob's offense rallied in extra time, as the Lady Bulldogs defeated Paris 4-1 in extra innings to clinch a spot in the championship game. In the finale, the aforementioned Varnell and fellow classmate Rylee Curd combined for 1-hit, shutout performance in the circle while Anna Bradley's home run help to secure a 7-0 championship performance.