No-hitter highlights strong week for Lady Bulldogs
By Richard White
A no-hit pitching performance by Kaila Cartwright put a big exclamation mark on what has been a great run recently for the Greenwood Lady Bulldogs. The junior hurler achieved the feat this past Tuesday at Siloam Springs as the GHS girls notched an overwhelming 16-0 conference victory.
The win improved the team’s overall mark to 21-6 after winning 11 of their last 13 games. They close out their regular season on Thursday at Russellville before likely hosting a first-round game in the 6A West conference tournament starting Saturday. The opponent and game time will be announced later.
Besides Greenwood, Siloam Springs, and Russellville, the other 6A West teams include Texarkana, El Dorado, Benton, Sheridan, and Lake Hamilton. Six of those eight teams will qualify to move on to the 6A state tournament at Benton beginning May 11th.
Greenwood should get a top seed in the conference tournament and hopes to earn a #1 seed and an opening round bye in the state tournament.
Due to the high score, Cartwright’s no-hitter only lasted four innings. Greenwood scored seven times in the first frame, three times in the second, four times in the third, and twice more in the fourth to build its huge lead. The Lady Bulldogs pounded out 15 hits in the game.
Cartwright fanned four Lady Panthers and was able to pitch around two defensive errors to preserve the shutout and no-hitter. She also contributed offensively with three hits.
Freshman outfielder Paxtyn Hayes led the team with four hits in the game and five runs batted in. Sophomore third baseman Miriah Hamilton added two hits. Ericka Calderon and Sidney Bieker also drove home two runs each.
Cartwright was also at the top of her game at home on Monday, throwing an eight-inning complete game shutout as Greenwood topped Class 7A Bentonville West, 1-0. Freshman shortstop Rheding Wagoner drove home the winning run with a two-out single in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Cartwright and Bentonville pitcher Hallie Wacaser were both outstanding, combining to scatter 11 hits throughout the game and getting solid defensive play from their teammates.
Cartwright fanned nine enemy hitters and Paxtyn Hayes was the only GHS player to collect two hits. Courtesy runner Karli Fisher scored the winning run from third base.
Those two wins were preceded by a disappointing 3-1 loss at Farmington last Friday. It was the second time this season the Lady Cardinals had defeated Greenwood.
After scoring the go-ahead run in the top of the second inning, the Lady Bulldogs led throughout the game, riding the hot pitching hand of Cartwright, who went five scoreless innings. But the junior hurler ran into trouble in the bottom of the sixth, giving up all three Farmington runs. She fanned six hitters in the contest, but took the loss.
Greenwood had only three hits in the game, two by senior catcher Sydney Parker and one by Miriah Hamilton. Farmington pitcher Paige Devecsery was too much for the GHS bats.