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MAUMELLE SOFTBALL Sand Lizards prove tough to lick

Although the Maumelle Hornet lost two tough conference games last week, Coach Jayme McCoy had nothing but praise for her team. In the bottom of the seventh, Dardanelle edged the Hornets, 7-6, last Tuesday while Mena escaped with a 2-0 victory last Friday.

“I’m not disappointed, and they were very good softball games both nights,” McCoy said. “We played error-free defense. We had a few brain farts against Dardanelle and let them get runners in position to allow runs. I like playing games like those last week.”

The Hornets (3-6, 2-4 4A-4) were in uncharted territory against Dardanelle. In most of their contests, either one of the teams won by a large margin, or the Hornets had to play from behind. The Dardanelle contest was a back and forth affair that ended with the Sand Lizards owning the lead. Maumelle is also discovering what it is like to play, for them, in a new conference.

“As a whole it is tougher than last year,” McCoy said. “Talent-wise, there were a couple of teams last year that weren’t as tough. Every time we are on the field, the other team is as good or better than you.”

McCoy praised the defensive play of Shelby Holliday and said both games she was phenomenal. Also, in the Dardanelle contest, she took the first pitch of the game and hit a two-run home run. Pitcher Faith Melton continues to throw well, and McCoy also pointed out the contribution of Sha Allen.

“She is actually hitting over .700,” McCoy said. “She is one of our track stars, and every time she puts down a bunt, you can’t get her out because she is so fast. She is helping us out and stepping up. She is a guaranteed base runner when she steps up to the plate.”

The Hornets have only one game this week, and it was a non-conference meeting with Central Arkansas Christian last night. They were going to spend this week in practice hitting the cutoff. McCoy said not doing that really did hurt the Hornets in the Dardanelle contest.

“We are also going to work on team discipline,” she said. “The little things may not seem important, but they truly are and can make a big difference.”

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