Lonoke’s girls had a chance to win the 4A-2 conference softball title. However, Clinton had other ideas.
The Lady Yellowjackets outhit Lonoke 20-3 in a 12-0 win over the Lady Jackrabbits on Friday at the Lonoke Ball Park.
With the loss, Lonoke falls to the third seed and will play the winner of Newport and Dollarway at 5:30 p.m. in the 4A-2 district tournament today at the Lonoke Ball Park. If Lonoke wins, it will play Stuttgart Friday at 6 p.m. in the semifinals. The championship game is Saturday at 3 p.m.
Clinton jumped on top 2-0 in the top of the first inning. The Lady Yellowjackets pushed their lead to 5-0 after the top of the fourth. Lonoke finally got its first base runner in the bottom of the frame. With one out, Charley Jo Chesney singled to left field with one out but was stranded at first base.
Lonoke had two base runners in the bottom of the fifth. With two outs, Candace James walked and went to second on a single by Gracie Cole. They were stranded there to end the inning.
Clinton then put the game away with seven runs in the top of the sixth.
Lonoke had one base runner in the bottom of the sixth. Brooke Jackson singled to center field to start the frame. She stole second but was stranded there to end the game.
Chesney gave up eight earned runs in six innings of work. She struck out three.
Lonoke batters struck out 12 times in the loss.
The Lady Jackrabbits bounced back with a 5-4 win over Arkansas Baptist on Monday.
Lonoke trailed 3-1 after one inning. Lonoke’s Jasalyn Truelove singled to center field and scored on a ground out by Jarrelyn McCall.
The Lady Eagles pushed their lead to 4-1 after two innings. Lonoke scored twice in the top of the third to trail 4-3.
Truelove led off with a triple and scored when Chesney reached on an error. Chesney eventually scored when McCall reached on an error.
Lonoke tied the game at 4-4 in the top of the sixth. Haylee Whitehurst was hit by a pitch and scored.
Lonoke took a 5-4 lead in the top of the seventh. With one out, Jessy Lewis singled to center field and scored on an error.
Arkansas Baptist had one base runner in the bottom of the seventh but she was stranded at first base to end the game.
Chesney got the win, allowing eight hits and four runs — one earned — in seven innings of work. She struck out three.
Truelove and Lewis led Lonoke with two hits each. Also getting hits were Chesney and Jackson.