The Lady Wildcats headed south for spring break playing in the Gulf Shores Classic. While rain cut the tournament short, Hayden still got in six games over two days.
In game one, the Lady Wildcats shut out Westside (Arkansas) 10-0. Miah Simmons pitched three innings for the win. She allowed two hits, no runs, and struck out two. Emily Adkins closed out the game pitching one inning.
Lindsey Smith led off the game with a triple and finished the game with three hits to lead the Wildcats at the plate. She scored twice and recorded one RBI. Becca Benton went 2-for-3 with an inside-the-park home run. Taylor Yeager, Ansley Armstrong, Olivia Armstrong, Kailee McCombs, Hannah Lockhart, Gabby Knighten, Simmons, and Yeager each had one hit.
Hayden’s pitchers threw another shutout in their 17-0 win over Jefferson Davis. Savannah Painter started the game and recorded the win. She gave up just one hit in three innings while striking out four. Adkins pitched one inning in relief.
The Lady Wildcats’ bats were hot. They scored eight runs in the first, four in the second, and five in the fourth as they tallied 17 hits in the game.
Smith, Yeager, Lockhart, Painter, and Adkins each finished the game with two hits apiece. A. Armstrong, Knighten, Kiley Weston, McCombs, Alyssa Jinwright, Allie Bryant, and Simmons all had one hit each. Knighten’s was a home run hit to left field bringing both Yeager and A. Armstrong home.
After two innings in game three, the Lady Wildcats found themselves down 5-1 against Gulf Shores, but Hayden’s pitchers turned up the heat and didn’t allow another run. And after just two hits in the first two innings, Hayden hit 10 more for a total of 12 hits in their 11-5 win over Gulf Shores.
Smith scored Hayden’s lone run in the first inning. In the third, Smith, Yeager, and Benton added runs. Weston and Smith each scored in the fourth. In the fifth inning, Jinright, Weston, Adkins, Smith, and Yeager scored the final runs of the game.
Leading the way at the plate was Smith who finished the game with three hits, one RBI, and four runs scored. Yeager and Jinright each had two hits while A. Armstrong, Benton, O. Armstrong, Weston, and Simmons had one hit apiece.
Simmons started in the pitcher’s circle lasting four innings. She allowed five runs on six hits. Painter pitched one inning in relief.
On Monday, the Lady Wildcats hosted Center Point in a 5A Area 12 match up. After scoring 11 runs in the first inning, Hayden scored six more in the second for a 17-0 victory. In two innings, the Lady Wildcats tallied 11 hits and did not commit one error.
Painter started for the Lady Wildcats in the pitcher’s circle. She gave up no hits and struck out five in the two innings she pitched. Adkins pitched in the top of the third striking out all three batters she faced.
Jinright led Hayden at the plate with two hits, two runs, and one RBI. Also scoring two runs were Smith, Yeager, McCombs, and Weston. Yeager, A. Armstrong, Benton, Knighten, Adkins, Tinley Johnson, McCombs, Weston, and Simmons each got a hit while Yeagar recorded three RBIs; Knighten, McCombs, and Weston each had two; and Johnson and Simmons finished with one. Weston and Yeagar each hit a homer.
The Lady Wildcats face another area opponent tomorrow afternoon. They will travel to Corner for a 4:30 p.m. game.
The county’s other teams either started back from spring break last night or will in the coming days. Susan Moore played Arab Monday evening falling to the 5A school 0-18. They resume 3A Area 13 play next Tuesday when they host J.B. Pennington.