Lady Jackrabbits fall to Sheridan in season opener

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Mark Buffalo Sheridan’s Morgan Cotton tries to get away from Lonoke second baseman Jessy Lewis during softball action Monday at the Lonoke Ball Park. Lewis tagged out Cotton in the the fourth inning.

The Lonoke Lady Jackrabbits and Sheridan Lady Yellowjackets softball teams observed a moment of silence before their game Monday at the Lonoke Ball Park in memory of coach Larry Don Smith, who died after a lengthy illness Feb. 22.

Smith coached both teams during his career. His Sheridan team won the first state championship in fastpitch softball in 1999. He later coached the Lady Jackrabbits and had resigned prior to this season because of health considerations.

In Monday’s game, Sheridan came away with a 6-1 win over the Lady Jackrabbits.

Sheridan scored twice in the second and once in the top of the fourth before Lonoke got on the board in the bottom of the frame.

Jasalyn Truelove singled and scored on a bases-loaded walk to Jessy Lewis. Lonoke left the bases loaded but could not push another run across. Katelyn James, Haylee Whitehurst and Lewis were all stranded on base.

Sheridan scored once in the fifth and twice in the seventh.

Lonoke’s best scoring chance after the fourth came in the seventh. With one, Lewis doubled but was stranded at second base and the next two Lonoke batters struck out to end the game.

Hannah Murray picked up the loss for Lonoke. She struck out seven in seven innings of work.

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