The Hope Ladycats kept themselves busy on the diamond last week in home battles for conference play and competing in the 2018 Debra McMaster Memorial Scholarship Softball Tournament. The Ladycats competed in a total of four games over the weekend that included their first of two game conference series meeting against Camden-Fairview.

The Hope Ladycats kept themselves busy on the diamond last week in home battles for conference play and competing in the 2018 Debra McMaster Memorial Scholarship Softball Tournament. The Ladycats competed in a total of four games over the weekend that included their first of two game conference series meeting against Camden-Fairview. 

The Ladycats provided a hard fought effort, but fell to the CF Lady Cardinals 16-5. In tourney play, the Ladycats took care of business in a dominating way to beat Trinity Christian Lady Warriors 8-4, but suffered tough losses to Cossatot River Lady Eagles 9-0 and Bradley 17-2. 

This week, the Ladycats are off from action during spring break but return to the diamond next week on the road to face Hot Springs and back home to host De Queen for conference play.

5A/6A CONFERENCE PLAY

LADYCATS 5, CAMDEN-FAIRVIEW 16

The Ladycats fell in a tough battle on the diamond hosting Camden-Fairview Lady Cardinals, 16-5 in six innings of softball action. Camden-Fairview scored on a couple of singles and a groundout in the first inning.

The Ladycats collected three runs in the fourth inning with Morgan Gray and Ally Fincher powering at the plate with a big inning for RBI's.

Camden-Fairview scored five runs in the second inning.

At the pitcher's circle, Lady Cardinals' Lexi Betts led Camden-Fairview to victory. She went six innings, allowing five runs on five hits, striking out seven and walking one.

For Hope, Ladycats' Natalie Phillips took the loss providing some heat from the pitcher's circle. Phillips went six innings, allowing 16 runs on 10 hits, striking out one batter, walking one and threw 88 strikes.

At the plate offensively, Zymesha Lee led Hope with two hits in three at bats. Andria Curtis, Gray and Fincher each had a hit apiece. Lee scored two runs, Curtis, Tristen Jones and Kaylan Decker each scored a run apiece. Curtis and Emily Zimmer each had a base stolen for Hope.

Camden-Fairview racked up 10 hits. Camden-Fairview stole seven bases during the game as two players stole more than one.

D-MAC SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT 2018

LADYCATS 8, TRINITY CHRISTIAN 4

The Hope Ladycats began tourney play victorious to top Trinity Christian 8-4 in four innings with a time limit rule.

In the first inning, Hope got their offense started. Trinity Christian's wild pitch allowed two runs to be scored for the Ladycats. Natalie Phillips got the win for Hope at the pitcher's circle. Phillips allowed three hits and four runs over four innings, striking out six batters and threw 40 strikes.

Samantha Foster took the loss for Trinity Christian. She went three innings, allowing eight runs on seven hits, striking out four and walking no batters.

Hope collected seven hits. Phillips and Andria Curtis each managed multiple hits for Hope. Curtis and Phillips each collected two hits apiece to lead the Ladycats. Phillips also had the highlight hit of the game with a home run and two RBI's. Morgan Gray had a hit and RBI, Zymesha Lee and Mayra Garcia each had a hit. Tristen Jones, Gray, Emily Miller and Garcia each had a RBI apiece. Curtis, Phillips and Kaylan Decker each scored two runs apiece, Lee and Miller each scored a run apiece. The Ladycats totaled for three stolen bases with Curtis, Lee and Miller each with one apiece.

LADYCATS 0, COSSATOT RIVER 9

The Hope Ladycats would fall in the semifinals of tourney play to Cossatot River 9-0 in four innings.

One bright spot for Hope was a single by Ally Fincher in the second inning.

Shanna Johnson earned the win from the pitcher's circle for Cossatot River in victory. She went four innings, allowing zero runs on two hits and striking out five batters.

Natalie Phillips pitched for Hope. She lasted four innings, allowing six hits and nine runs while striking out four batters and threw 45 strikes.

Phillips and Fincher each collected a hit to lead the Ladycats.

LADYCATS 2, BRADLEY 17

In the final game of tourney competition, the Hope Ladycats suffered a tough loss to Bradley, 17-2 in three innings of softball action.

Nothing came easy for Hope with only two runs scored in the first and third innings.

Jenna Lee led the Bradley Lady Bears to victory on the pitcher's circle. She went three innings, allowing two runs on four hits and striking out three batters.

Natalie Phillips pitched for Hope. Phillips allowed five hits and 11 runs and threw 27 strikes over one inning. Kaley Green pitched two innings, allowed six runs, two hits and threw 27 strikes.

Lee, Gray, Jones, and Phillips each managed one hit apiece to lead Hope offensively.

Phillips and Lee each scored a run apiece with Gray driving on one run with an RBI.