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Diamond Miners Have Mena in Their Sights
Diamond Miners Have Mena in Their Sights
Joshua Harrison
Friday, April 08, 2016

The Bauxite softball and baseball teams are hitting the road today for a big 7-4A conference matchup with Mena. Both games are scheduled to start at 4:30 this afternoon.

In ladies action, this is the 2nd matchup of the season for the 2 teams that squared off in the 4A state finals last year. Bauxite (12-2, 2-0) won the first matchup this season 7-1 at the NLR Tournament of Champions in March. Mena (8-6, 1-0), the defending 4A state champs won all 4 matchups last season. Both teams come into today's game undefeated in 7-4A play. The Lady Miners are winners of 6 straight games led by Sophomore pitcher Bailey Buffington who struck out 14 Lonoke Lady Rabbits Tuesday on the road. At the plate, several ladies have been swinging a hot stick including sophomore Daniele Singleton and Buffington, as well as freshmen Taylor Sledd, Destiny McClain & Ashley Redmon. Mena is led by returning senior hurler Jordan Ward. She is carrying a 3-3 record with a 1.90 ERA and 74 strikeouts in 48 innings pitched. The Bearcats and Miners look to put on an impressive show this afternoon. If you cannot make it out to Mena, you can follow the game live on Game Changer at the following link:

In mens action, Bauxite is coming off a great week of baseball as the split home games with Ashdown and Clinton. They lost a heartbreaker in 8 innings to conference favorite Ashdown Monday but rebounded with a home victory over Clinton on Thursday. The Miners (7-8, 1-1) come into tonights road game swinging the bats well led by Junior Hunter Gautreaux .353 average and 3 home runs. They have been bolstered by Senior Taylor Vocque's mound presence as he has compiled a 2-2 record with a 2.82 ERA. Mena is 0-2 in conference but you can never count out the Bearcats at home. The Miners are looking to keep their momentum rolling as they get deeper into 7-4A play.