Clarksville, Ark.-Texas-Dallas took advantage of costly Ozarks? errors to earn a pair of 5-3 wins Friday in American Southwest Conference play.
In game one, Ozarks (8-16, 3-11 ASC) got its offense rolling in the first inning to grab a 2-0 lead. Ali Mathis laced a single to centerfield to jumpstart the offense. Reagan Littlefield followed with another single to centerfield, setting the stage for Brittany Wagnon. Wagnon advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt, which would give Kelsey Stephens an RBI opportunity. Stephens delivered a double to left centerfield, giving Ozarks a solid start to the game. Texas-Dallas (17-9, 5-7 ASC) took advantage of two errors in the top of the third to even the game 2-2. The Lady Eagles would take the lead back, 3-2, in the bottom of the fifth behind Wagnon’s sacrifice fly. Mathis, who reached on a double, scored the run. Ozarks committed another error in the sixth to allow the Comets to tie the score 3-3. Texas-Dallas then secured the game when Rachel Riley recorded a two-run double in the top of the seventh. Ozarks began the bottom half of the frame with a double, but Texas-Dallas later forced a double play to end the contest.
Mathis finished a perfect 3-for-3 with two runs.
Amber Rollins (7-9) took the loss in a complete game.
In game two, Texas-Dallas held a 1-0 lead and then again took advantage of two Ozarks’ errors in the fourth inning to move ahead 4-0. The Lady Eagles got one run back in the fifth inning, but allowed a run in the top of the sixth to trail 5-1. Arel Ferguson delivered an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth to get Ozarks within 5-2. The Lady Eagles kept Texas-Dallas off the board in the seventh and Stephens blasted a solo home run in the bottom of the inning, but that would be all Ozarks could generate. It was Stephens third homer of the season.
Wagnon and Colbey Russo each had two hits in the game.
Tabitha Porter (1-6) took the loss.
Ozarks will conclude its series against Texas-Dallas tomorrow with a double-header starting at noon.