Coach Sara Tew and the Lady Miner Softball squad took the week of spring break away from competition. They came out of spring break holding a 7-2 record. After a week and three games, they have ran their record to 10-2 after 3 wins, including 2 big road wins over 4A schools.
On Monday, Bauxite traveled to Conway to play Heber Springs at Hendrix College. The Lady Miners started off quick getting a run in the 2nd inning and then having a runner cut down at home on a controversial call. Heber Springs battled back and took a 2-1 lead going into the 6th inning. That is when Bauxite stepped up and became the aggressor scoring the tying run in the 6th on a Sydney Oliver base hit and then scoring 2 runs on a huge double by Sophomore Bailey Buffington. Buffington got the win on the mound after allowing 2 runs and striking out 6 Lady Panthers. Fellow Sophomores Shelby Chavers and Daniele Singleton each had 2 hits, while Junior Sydney Oliver added 2 big RBIs for Bauxite.
Tuesday the Lady Miners returned home to take on a scrappy 3A opponent in the Perryville Lady Mustangs. Bauxite wasted no time getting their offense rolling and build a big lead in route to a 9-2 victory. Junior Valery Cotton and Freshman Taylor Sledd had big nights at the plate as they each contributed 2 hits and 3 RBIs. Daniele Singleton continued swinging a hot bat and added 2 hits. Sophomore ace Bailey Buffington pitched all 7 frames and sat down 8 Mustangs from the rubber. The win moved Bauxite's home record to 6-0 on the season.
Bauxite opened 7-4A play on Friday night at Malvern. The Lady Leopards are one of the topped ranked teams in 4A and will make up a murderers row of teams in the 7-4A conference. The Lady Miners scored early to take a 1-0 lead on a base hit by Buffington and and RBI single by center fielder Daniele Singleton. Buffington had a great outing on the mound striking out 5 Leopards and not allowing a run. Bauxite added an insurance run late on another hit by Buffington followed by an RBI base hit by Freshman Taylor Sledd. The victory moved the Lady Miners to 10-2 on the season and 1-0 in 7-4A play.
This week will be a pivotal one for the Lady Miners as the host perennial power Ashdown Lady Panthers on Monday starting at 4:30. They go out of conference play on Tuesday as they travel to Lonoke. The game will also start at 4:30. The week will culminate in another matchup with the reigning 4A state champion Mena Lady Bearcats. The game will be played at 4:30 at Mena High School. Bauxite beat Mena earlier in the season on a neutral field 7-1, but Mena will be focused and ready to show the heart of a champ. For Bauxite, they want to prove that they are for real and that they will be a player in the conference and the 4A state championship race.