Powerful bats allow Lady Panthers to go unbeaten

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Bullard Lady Panthers 5, Carthage Lady Bulldogs 6, FIN

BHS: 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 - 5

CHS: 1 0 0 0 5 0 X - 6

The Bullard Lady Panther varsity softball team swung back into action last week, as the team loaded the bus and traveled to battle against the Carthage Bulldogs Monday, Feb. 26. Both the Lady Panthers and Lady Bulldogs were able to start the game off by lighting up the scoreboard with one run each.

After a three-inning stalemate, the home team Carthage broke out the big bats, collecting a total of five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Bullard attempted to battle its way back into contention after the big inning by Carthage, as the Lady Panthers amassed one run in the top of the sixth inning, as well as three runs in the top of the seventh. However, the late push by Bullard was just shy of coming to fruition, as Carthage claimed the win over Bullard, 6-5.

The Lady Panthers and Lady Bulldogs were nearly equal at the plate in the contest, with Bullard collecting a total of seven hits, while Carthage swung for six hits. In the field, the Lady Panthers were charged with four errors and the Lady Bulldogs committed two errors.

Bullard was led at the plate against Carthage by the strong swing of Destinee Dixon, going 2-3 with a total of two runs batted in.

Other significant contributors for the Lady Panthers against the Lady Bulldogs included Gabby Nichols, going 1-4 with one RBI; Ashlyn Seaton, going 2-4; Kenzie Colston, going 1-1 with one stolen base; Claire Cannon, going 1-3; Payton Hancock, going 0-3 with one RBI; and Sydney Foster, going 0-2 with one RBI.

In the circle for the Lady Panthers, Ariel Matula (4-3) was tagged with the loss, allowing six hits, six runs, and two earned runs, while striking out seven, in six innings of work.

Bullard Lady Panthers 5,

Hallsville Ladycats 1, FINAL

BHS: 0 0 3 2 - 5

HHS: 1 0 0 0 - 1

After the loss to the Carthage Lady Bulldogs, the Bullard Lady Panther varsity softball team took to the road once again, traveling to compete in the Hallsville Softball Tournament, held Thursday through Saturday, March 1-3, at Hallsville High School.

In the first round of the Hallsville Softball Tournament, the Lady Panthers were matched up against the host team, the Hallsville Ladycats.

Hallsville was the first team to score in the contest, collecting one run against Bullard in the first inning of play.

The Lady Panthers rose to the occasion in the top of the third inning, connecting for three runs, as well as a two-run performance in the fourth inning against the Ladycats, allowing Bullard to claim the victory over Hallsville, 5-1, in four innings.

Bullard held the upper hand at the plate and in the field against Hallsville, as the Lady Panthers collected six hits and made no fielding errors, while the Ladycats amassed four hits and two fielding errors.

Seaton was a leader at the plate for the Lady Panthers against the Ladycats, going 2-3, including a double, with one RBI.

Other significant contributors for Bullard against Hallsville included Destinee Dixon, going 1-3, including a double, with one RBI; Cannon, going 2-2, including a triple; Jolee Dixon, going 1-2 with two stolen bases; Aspyn Grossman, going 0-2 with one RBI; and Reagan Bell, going 0-1 with one RBI.

The arm of Matula (5-3) was credited with the victory for the Lady Panthers against the Ladycats, allowing four hits, one run, and one earned run, while striking out three, in four innings of pitching.

Bullard Lady Panthers 11, Ore City Lady Rebels 0, FINAL

OHS: 0 0 0 0 0 - 0

BHS: 0 5 1 0 5 - 11

In the second round of the Hallsville Softball Tournament, the Lady Panthers battled against the Ore City Lady Rebels.

Bullard broke open the contest with a strong showing of offense, swinging for a total of five runs in the bottom of the second inning.

While using their strong pitching and defense to keep the attack of Ore City at bay, Bullard’s bats continued to locate the ball well, as the Lady Panthers added one run in the bottom of the third inning, as well as five more runs in the bottom of the sixth, allowing Bullard to claim the victory in a rout of Ore City, 11-0, in five innings.

The bats of Bullard proved to be the strongest of the two teams in the bout against Ore City, as the Lady Panthers collected a total of 12 hits, while the Lady Rebels were limited to just three hits. Ore City was also charged with three fielding errors in the contest.

The performance turned in by Jolee Dixon was a key to the Lady Panthers’ offense throughout the contest against the Lady Rebels, going 1-3, including a home run, with a total of three RBIs.

Other significant contributors for Bullard against Ore City included Cannon, going 2-3 with three RBIs; Foster, going 2-3, including two doubles, with one RBI; Destinee Dixon, going 2-3; Nichols, going 1-3 with one RBI; Seaton, going 1-2; Payton Hancock, going 1-2 with one stolen base; Bell, going 1-1 with one stolen base, and Caitlyn Colston, going 1-2.

Seaton (3-0) took home the win in the circle for the Lady Panthers, allowing three hits and no runs, while striking out five, in five innings of work.

Bullard Lady Panthers 11, Beckville Ladycats 1, FINAL

BcHS: 1 0 0 0 - 1

BuHS: 7 1 3 X - 11

In the third round of the Hallsville Softball Tournament, the Lady Panthers squared off against the Beckville Ladycats.

Beckville started the game with one run crossing home plate in the first inning, which was answered by a seven-run attack by Bullard.

The Lady Panthers’ strong offensive swings continued throughout the remainder of the contest against the Ladycats, plating a total of one run in the second inning, as well as three runs in the third, allowing Bullard to defeat Beckville, 11-1, in four innings.

The powerful bats of the Bullard offense prowled the team to a nine-hit performance against Beckville, while the Ladycats could only find one hit in the game. Both teams were charged with one fielding error each.

Once again, the swing of Jolee Dixon proved to be strong and sure for the Lady Panthers, as she went 2-2, including a double and a triple, with a total of four RBIs in the contest against the Ladycats.

Other significant contributors for Bullard against Beckville included Foster, going 1-3, including a double, with three RBIs; Seaton, going 2-3; Cannon, going 1-2 with one RBI; Destinee Dixon, going 1-2, including a stolen base, with one RBI; Bell, going 1-2; and Matula, going 1-1.

The Lady Panthers were led to the victory over the Ladycats in the circle by Matula (7-3), allowing just one hit and one run, while striking out seven and walking one, in four innings of work.

Bullard Lady Panthers 12, Tatum Lady Eagles 0, FINAL

THS: 0 0 0 0 - 0

BHS: 5 7 0 X - 12

In the fourth round of the Hallsville Softball Tournament, the Lady Panthers were matched up against the Tatum Lady Eagles.

Bullard brought their powerful bats used throughout the tournament with them to the contest against Tatum, as the Lady Panthers prowled their way to five runs on the scoreboard in the first inning of play.

While keeping the Lady Eagles silent at the plate, the Lady Panthers did not waste their time on offense, adding a total of seven runs in the bottom of the second, allowing Bullard to claim the win, routing Tatum, 12-0, in four innings.

Bullard’s win was a product of their 11-hit performance at the plate, while Tatum could only collect three hits. The Lady Eagles also committed a total of three fielding errors in the contest.

Hancock’s strong swing led the Lady Panthers’ prowl against the Lady Eagles, going a perfect 3-3 with a total of four RBIs.

Other significant contributors for Bullard against Tatum included Seaton, going 2-2; Jolee Dixon, going 2-3; Destinee Dixon, going 1-3 with one RBI and one stolen base; Cannon, going 1-2 with one RBI; Nichols, going 1-3 with one RBI; Bell, going 1-1; and Grossman, going 0-3 with one RBI.

In the circle, Seaton (4-0) earned the victory against the Lady Eagles, allowing three hits and no runs, while striking out six and walking one, with four innings of work.

Bullard Lady Panthers 1, Rusk Lady Eagles 1, FINAL

BHS: 1 0 0 0 0 - 1

RHS: 1 0 0 0 0 - 1

In the fifth round of the Hallsville Softball Tournament, the Lady Panthers competed against the Rusk Lady Eagles.

Both the Bullard and Rusk squads were able to find success early on in the contest, scoring one run each in the first inning.

Despite the early scoring success by both teams, the Lady Panthers and Lady Eagles were unable to find their way to home plate, resulting in a 1-1 tie.

In the matchup, Rusk held the lead in hits, collecting a total of four, while Bullard amassed a total of three hits. The Lady Panthers were also charged with one error in the contest.

The bat of Destinee Dixon was the leader of the pack for the Lady Panthers against the Lady Eagles, going 1-2 with one RBI.

Other significant contributors for Bullard against Rusk included Nichols, going 1-2 with one stolen base; and Cannon, going 1-2.

Matula (7-3-1) was the lone pitcher used by the Lady Panther coaching staff, allowing four hits, one run, and one earned run, while striking out five and walking three in five innings of work against the Lady Eagles.

Bullard Lady Panthers 7, Harmony Lady Eagles 3, FINAL

HHS: 0 0 0 0 3 - 3

BHS: 0 7 0 0 X - 7

In the sixth round of the Hallsville Softball Tournament, the Lady Panthers fought against the Harmony Lady Eagles.

After a scoreless first frame, Bullard was able to break out the big bats at the plate against Harmony, collecting a total seven runs in the bottom of the second inning.

The Lady Eagles attempted to swoop back in and mount a comeback attempt in the late innings of the ball game, as a total of three Harmony runners crossed home plate. However, the late push proved to be unfruitful, as the Bullard defense held on to claim the win against Harmony, 7-3.

The Lady Panthers prowled their way to a total of nine hits in the contest, while the Lady Eagles collected a total of five hits. Harmony committed the most errors in the contest with a total of four, compared to the two errors committed by Bullard.

Seaton was the leader for Bullard at the plate against Harmony, going 2-3, including a double, with two RBIs and one stolen base.

Other significant contributors for the Lady Panthers against the Lady Eagles included Destinee Dixon, going 1-3, including a home run, with two RBIs; Grossman, going 2-3 with one stolen base; Bell, going 1-1 with one RBI; Cannon, going 0-2 with one RBI; Hancock, going 1-2; and Jolee Dixon, going 1-2 with one stolen base.

Claiming the win in the circle for Bullard was Seaton (5-0) allowing five hits, three runs, and one earned run, while striking out four and walking two, in five innings of pitching against the Lady Eagles.

With a record of 5-1-1 last week, the Bullard Lady Panther varsity softball team currently sits with an overall record of 11-3-1 on the 2018 season.

Next week: Tuesday, March 6 – Whitehouse at Bullard; Friday, March 9 – Bullard at Canton.

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