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Arkansas 1A-5A softball semifinals roundup

A recap of all of the Class 1A-5A state tournament semifinal games played Saturday

Here is a recap of the semifinals of Arkansas high school softball tournament games from Class 1A-5A from Saturday. Be sure to follow the brackets to see the latest scores and matchups at https://scorebooklive.com/arkansas/softball/brackets.

1A

Greers Ferry West Side 4, Wonderview 3

Lacy Baker has emerged as a premier outfielder in her freshman year, and she made the biggest play of her career Saturday in the bottom of the ninth when she hit a walk-off double to send West Side to the finals after coming from behind. Ace pitcher McKenna Bittle had another huge day in the circle allowing just three hits striking out 15 batters and went 2-2 at the plate with a home run.

Taylor 5, Guy-Perkins 0

It is not often that 1A competition competes with Taylor, but Guy-Perkins did just that through five scoreless innings until the Lady Tigers broke it open scoring all five of their runs in the top of the sixth. Heidi May and Makayla Downs each had two hits for Taylor while Downs batted two runs in. Ayla Buford struck out four batters in a complete game shutout.

2A

Tuckerman 7, Melbourne 0

It has become a habit for Tuckerman to shut out its opponents and the Lady Bulldogs did it to Melbourne for the third time in 2022. This time, it sent them to the state finals where they are hoping to win back-to-back championships. MaKaylie Gist pitched another complete game striking out eight batters.

East Poinsett County 2, Quitman 1

East Poinsett County has gotten comfortable playing, and winning, tight games-three of eight postseason contests have been decided by one run-and it was no different on one of the biggest stages Saturday as Terrin Powell was walked in a bases loaded situation scoring Mercedes Reel to send the Lady Warriors to the state championship in walk-off fashion. Keegan McCorkle led EPC at the plate going 2-3 with a RBI and struck out seven in the circle.

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3A

Atkins 9, Mayflower 4

These two underdogs battled their way to get to the semifinals and the dream season will continue for Atkins in Benton for the finals. The Lady Red Devils scored five runs in the bottom of the first after Mayflower scored one at the top, then put four more on the board in the fourth that would be all they needed. Makinley Coffman led Atkins offensively going 3-4 at the plate scoring 2 runs and batted in another.

Ashdown 5, Hackett 0

Following Hackett’s monumental win over Baptist Prep, the Lady Hornets were not able to keep up with Ashdown as they were blanked by the Panthers. Karielle Forbes drove the offensive production going 2-for-3 beginning with a solo home run in the bottom of the second and had another RBI on a double in the sixth. LaKenya Williams also drove in two runs.