Lady Bulldogs end all Hope

WYNNE — On the same day her brother, Kirk, belted a grand slam to lift White Hall’s baseball team to a 6-2 win over Greenwood in the Class 5A baseball tournament in Monticello, Haley Baugh was doing some yard work of her her own in Wynne.

She belted a two-run home run as the Lady Bulldogs disposed of Hope 11-1 in five innings in the 5A softball tournament Friday.

Baugh finished the game with two hits, including a double, and four RBIs as White Hall (24-8) earned a trip to today’s noon semifinal game against Greenbrier at Wynne City Park.

Sydnee Clark allowed just two hits in the complete-game win, striking out eight and issuing four free passes.

“She hit her spots pretty well and said all her pitches were working,” White Hall coach Terri Smith said. “She is back to normal as is the entire team. It’s good to have them back after they took off for a couple of weeks toward the end of the season. I saw the team that was out there earlier in the season, picking each other up and playing with some intensity.”

Karia Beth Hall paced the Lady Dogs at the plate with three hits, including a double. Clark went 2 for 4 and drove in three, Jessica Ashcraft had a two-RBI single, Abby Weaver was 2 for 4 with a double, Rachel Box doubled in a run and Lindsey Williams and Jessica Ashcraft each singled.

White Hall now focuses on 5A-West champion Greenbrier, a team the Lady Dogs dropped a 7-1 decision to on Tuesday.

“I don’t think it matters to the girls about the game on Tuesday,” Smith said. “Like I said, we are focused and playing as a team right now and I think we will play as a team (today).”

Today’s semifinal game is only the second in school fastpitch history for White Hall. The last time was in 2003.