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Alma spring sports 3/30/22

Alma spring sports

By Kevin Taylor

Alma Schools 


Alma sweeps Panthers; tied for first


Makinzie Erwin broke out of a mini-slump with three hits in the second game of Tuesday’s doubleheader sweep of Siloam Springs. 


Erwin had two hits in the opener as Alma took a pair from the Lady Panthers - 11-4 and 7-4 - to improve to 3-1 in the 5A-West. 


Senior Makenzie Martin struck out 14 and hit a pair of two-run homers in the opener as Alma bounced the Lady Panthers in the opener. Martin, 6-1 for the season, has 50 strikeouts in 37 ⅓ innings and a 2.44 earned run average. 


She’s hitting .571 with a team-high nine extra-base hits. Martin has six homers in eight games this season. 


Alma’s sweep leaves them tied with Greenbrier, Vilonia, and Van Buren for a share of first place. 


The Lady Airedales travel to Russellville on April 5th. 


Martin and Co. grabbed an early 7-0 lead in the opener. After scoring three times in the first, Martin clubbed a two-run homer in the second inning to make it 5-0. Taelynn Perry (2-for-4) followed with a triple, and Julia Nutt’s RBI single extended the lead to 6-0. Jada Wallis (3-for-3) added an RBI double to extend the lead to 7-0. 


Martin walked and scored in the fifth and supplied more power in the fifth with a two-run homer to give Alma an 11-3 lead.


Martin opened the scoring in game two with an RBI double in the first. She added an RBI double as part of a five-run that saw the Lady Airedales overcome a 4-1 deficit. 


Freshmen twins Jaden and Jordan Gramlich combined for five hits in the nightcap, with Jaden finishing 3-for-4. 


Airedales split 


Alma’s baseball team split a doubleheader with Siloam Springs on Tuesday. Senior left-hander Logan Taylor pitched a complete-game two-hitter in the opener as the Airedales shut out the Panthers, 6-0. 


Taylor is 3-0 with an 0.45 earned run average over his last three games. Tuesday, he struck out seven, walked three, and was the recipient of some good defense. 


The Panthers’ Ryder Winfrey lined into an inning-ending double play in the first when Branson Brogan snagged the hot liner and flipped to Derek Hatcher for a double play. 


Siloam Springs’ Wyatt Pennington lined into a 5-3 double play in the seventh. 


Alma (5-10, 2-2) built a 3-1 lead in the second inning on Brogan’s two-run single. 


But Siloam Springs (5-10, 1-3) chipped away and pushed across two unearned runs in the fifth for a 5-3 victory. 


Soccer earns tie


The Lady Airedales’ soccer team rallied to tie Van Buren, 2-2, in 5A-West Tuesday at Airedale Stadium. 


Junior Olivia Reed’s 30-yard free kick in the 70th minute notched the game at 2-2. She helped Alma close to within 2-1 in the first half with a 25-yard blast in the 22nd minute. 


Senior goalkeeper Olivia Spears had five saves. 


Sophomore Alejandra Sanchez scored four goals during the Lady Airedales’ shortened 4-0 win in the junior varsity game. 


Van Buren won the boys match, 9-0. Sophomore keeper Julian Davila had seven saves in his first varsity start. 


Alma travels to Greenbrier on Friday.