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Harless, Lady Airedales earn softball split with Van Buren 4/13/22

Harless, Lady Airedales earn softball split with Van Buren

By Kevin Taylor

Alma Schools 

 

Jocelyn Harless pulled the trigger at just the right moment Tuesday night. 

 

Harless whipped a three-run double to left to cap a four-run fifth and help Alma rally past Van Buren, 5-3, in the first game of their 5A-West doubleheader. 

 

Harless is now batting .426, the third-best average on the team. 

 

The Pointers won the second game, 10-8, in extra innings. 

 

Down 3-0 coming to the plate in the third inning, winning pitcher Makinzie Martin doubled with two outs and scored the first run on Julia Nutt's two-out single. 

 

Still down by two in the sixth, Makinzie Erwin opened the fifth with a leadoff walk. With one out, Martin and Taelynn Perry singled to draw the Lady Airedales within a run. Jada Wallis drew a two-out walk to load the bases, and Harless followed with her go-ahead double. 

 

Martin struck out 12 and allowed just three hits and one earned run. 

 

Harless, who went 3-for-4 in the nightcap, started a six-run third with a single to open the frame. With one out and two on, Erwin reached on an error to score the first run. Another error and two walks later, Harless drove in two more runs to make it 6-2. 

 

Van Buren tied the game with four runs in the fifth. Then in the eighth, with the Pointers up 7-6, Harless doubled home the tying run to tie the game at 7. 

 

The Lady Pointers broke it open with three runs in the ninth to earn the split. 

 

Baseball

 

Van Buren's Eli Gilreath's one-out RBI single to left snapped a 1-1 eighth-inning tie to knock tough-luck loser, Logan Taylor, out of the game, and the Pointers added two more runs for a 4-1 victory in Game 1 of a 5A-West doubleheader. 

 

Taylor, starting his 25th career game on the mound, had retired 11 in a row and not allowed a hit since the third inning when the Pointers' Gilreath lined a clean go-ahead single to left. 

 

After starting the eighth, Taylor was removed because he had exceeded the 110 pitches allowed by rule per game.  

 

Alma (6-15, 2-6) fell behind 1-0 in the first when a one-out walk and a passed ball helped Van Buren (16-4, 7-1) grab an early 1-0 lead. 

 

Branson Brogan's two-out single to right scored Caden Gifford with the tying run in the third inning. Brogan leads the Airedales with 20 hits this season. 

 

Taylor struck out five and now has 39 punchouts in 37 1/3 innings. 

 

The Pointers scored five runs in the seventh in Tuesday's nightcap for an 8-1 victory. Junior Noah Likens allowed just two earned runs in 6 1/3 innings. 

 

Likens struck out four and allowed just five hits. 

 

Camden Curd supplied the offense with an RBI single in the first inning.