Clarksville, Ark.--East Texas Baptist powered their way to two American Southwest Conference victories over the Lady Eagles on Friday afternoon.
ETBU (18-7, 14-4) held a 8-1 lead after two innings of play and went on to a 15-5 victory over the Lady Eagles (6-19-1, 3-15) in the day’s first game. The Lady Tigers scored three runs in the first and five in the second to put the pressure on Ozarks’ offense early in the contest. Ozarks scored in the first inning when Chelsea Joslin knocked in Shannon Rainbolt, who had reached on a single to open the bottom of the inning. The Lady Eagles would add four more runs in the fifth on four hits to cut the deficit to 9-5. Devon Bottoms started the inning with a single and then the Lady Tigers would commit back-to-back errors to help Ozarks’ cause. Bottoms eventually scored as would three of her teammates. Kara Bartholomew, who reached on the first error, scored after Joslin ripped a shot to right field. Brooke Grice, who reached on the second error, scored on an Erica Newell single. Joslin also crossed the plate when Jeanne Randall recorded a hit up the middle. A Lady Tiger homer, however, would start a six -run sixth inning scoring output to increase the lead to 15-5 and put the game out of reach. Rainbolt and Joslin each collected two hits apiece. Joslin had two RBI. Chanceree Catlett (2-11) received the loss. The Lady Tigers used another strong offensive performance to hand Ozarks a 10-2 loss in the second game of their double-header. Ozarks held ETBU scoreless through the first two innings, but the Lady Tigers got four runs in the third, one run in the fifth and five runs in the sixth to keep the Lady Eagles’ chances of a comeback slim. Ozarks scored two runs in the third when Jodie Clark opened the inning with a single. Rainbolt put Clark in scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. Bartholomew cranked out a double to put runners at second and third for Joslin. Joslin answered the call with a double to score both runners and make the score 4-2. Bartholomew and Newell connected on two hits to lead Ozarks. Dana Marvin (4-7) received the loss and had five strikeouts.