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Second-Place Showing

The Pine Bluff American-Eastern softball team finished runner-up in the second annual Searcy Classic this past weekend. Pine Bluff defeated Ozark, 7-5, in the semifinals to advance to the championship game with Khylah Cross’ two-run double, securing the victory. Sh’Lanyna Lawson pitched a complete game to earn the win. Aryah Turner collected two hits to lead the team at the plate. Talah Hunter, Allison Jackson and Lawson chipped in with a hit apiece. Pine Bluff lost 6-4 against Ozark in a winner-take-all championship game. Ta’Kia Jackson paced Pine Bluff at the plate with two hits. Amiya Helloms, Sushma Dadlani and Sydney Fooster chipped in with one hit each. The tourney served as a warm-up for Pine Bluff as it will compete in the Little League Softball 11-12 year old Southwest Regional on July 31-Aug. 5 in Waco, Texas. Pictured are; front row from left, Kemya Edgerton, Jaden Justiss, Dadlani, Cross and Helloms; back row, coach Carl Jackson, Hunter, Ta’Kia Jackson, Lawson, Allison Jackson, Turner, Fooster and manager Dedrick Cross. (Special to The Commercial)

Sluggin’ Slammers

The Hunter Slammer’s finished in first place in the American Eastern Little League softball standings with a 12-1-1 record. Bottom row, from left to right: Charlston Colen, Jaimi Ingram, Tyra Reams, Kenadi James, Leiah Crane, Bryson Cross (team batboy) and Allison Jackson. Top row, from left to right: Khylah Cross, Talah Hunter, Sydney Fooster and Charlese Colen. Coaches, from left to right: Dedrick Cross (manager), Charles Colen, Leo Crane and Carl Jackson. Players not present: Sh’Lanyna Lawson, Ka’Miah Thorton, Amiya Helloms and Liyah Goins. (Special to The Commercial)