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3/30/2020

Sophomore Braxten Waller pitched five scoreless innings Thursday to power the Southside Mavericks a 3-0 win over Burleson Centennial and a sweep of their brief Texas road trip. Southside (3-1) also pulled out a 3-2 win over Justin Northwest Thursday as well. School officials decided return to Fort Smith following the second game amid the Coronavirus scare. The Fort Worth Spring Brash Tournament was scheduled to play out through Saturday. Waller struck out three and the Mavericks played error-free baseball in the opener. Junior Eli Reichert supplied the offense with two hits and all three RBIs. Reichert had two hits in the opener as well. Southside’s Matt Schilling went four innings in the opener, striking out six and allowing two runs. Parker Wehunt drove in two runs....

3/13/2020

Southside coach Cassy Story couldn’t have asked for a more perfect home opener. The Mavericks scored three runs in the bottom of the first, all coming with two out, and junior pitcher Meliah Hunter made that stand by tossing a two-hit shutout as Southside won on both its home opener and its annual Pink Game. “The weather was great, it was a great home opener for us,” Story said. “We had a lot of people come out and support us and the kids did a great job raising money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, so it was a great way to kick off our home season.” Southside (5-1), which had won three of four games in a tournament last weekend at Van Alstyne, Texas, needed just the first inning to set the tone properly. With two out, Madi Conklin doubled and scored on an RBI hit from Hana Dingman. Hunter followed with a single. Then the next two batters, freshmen Reese Robinson and Abbie Turnbull, produced RBI singles to extend the lead to 3-0. It remained 3-0 until the fifth when Southside added two more runs, including a two-out RBI single off the bat of senior Kendall Willis. The Mavs scored three more times in the sixth as Conklin had an RBI double, followed by a two-out two-run single from Robinson. Hunter went on to finish off the shutout as she gave up just two hits and didn’t issue a walk. She struck out nine batters as well. “Mel did a great job pitching and the kids really came around and did a great job, especially with some two-out hitting. ... They did a really good job and one through nine, a lot of kids came through in the lineup for us and produced, so I’m definitely proud of them,” Story said. “The best thing about Texas was we were able to really learn a lot and it showed (Tuesday), so the kind of mistakes that we made over the weekend in Texas, the kids were able to fix those things and they did much better (Tuesday). Mel pitched a great game and she’s really worked hard all off-season and it shows; she’s doing really well.” Five Mavs had two-hit games, with Conklin going 2-for-3 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored. Dingman, Hunter, Robinson and Hannah Hogue each went 2-for-4. Southside was scheduled to play Greenwood on Thursday, but it will be a junior varsity game instead as several Lady Bulldog players are still in basketball, as Greenwood is playing its state championship game this weekend....

3/11/2020

The Bulldogs jumped to a 5-0 lead after two innings and went on to the victory. Nick Phelps singled, drove in a run and scored twice for Greenwood. Dylan Strozler and Reed Carroll added two hits each for the Bulldogs. Matthew Munday picked up the complete-game victory. He allowed three runs on six hits, struck out six and walked two. Matthew Schilling had two hits for Southside and Kent Carlisle drove in a run....

3/11/2020

The Southside Maverick softball team took its first two games at a tournament Friday in Van Alstyne, Texas. Southside posted a 9-2 win against Tom Bean (Texas); then downed another Texas school, Lakeview Centennial, 15-0. In the win against Tom Bean, the Mavs (3-0) scored five runs in the top of the second and added three more in the fourth. Madi Conklin went 2-for-3 with a double, three RBIs and two runs scored, while Kendall Willis was 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored. Meliah Hunter was the winning pitcher, allowing one earned run over four innings and striking out four. Then against Lakeview Centennial, Southside scored five in the first and six in each of the next two innings. Hana Dingman was 3-for-3 with a double, five RBIs and two runs scored and Willis was 2-for-2 with a double and two runs scored. Hunter and Reese Robinson combined on a three-inning no-hitter. Hunter went the first two innings, striking out five, while Robinson struck out one in her inning of work....

3/7/2020

Through five innings of both teams’ respective season openers, Southside and Van Buren were tied at 8-8. In the final two innings, the Mavericks’ offense proved to be too much for the Lady Pointers. Southside broke the deadlock with nine runs in the top of the sixth; then added three more in the seventh as the Mavericks went on to a 20-9 win in non-conference softball action Monday at Van Buren. Two vital cogs for the Mavericks’ offense, Hannah Hogue and Madi Conklin, are both juniors and returning starters. They each had an immediate impact in Monday’s win. Hogue, the Mavs’ lead-off batter, went 5-for-5 with two doubles, two RBIs and four runs scored, while Conklin — hitting third — was 3-for-3 and drove in nine runs, including a grand slam home run as part of the nine-run sixth. “We’ve been working a lot on getting runners in scoring position and being able to produce when the time comes, and we had good pitch selection, we got people on base and we were able to produce runs off of that,” Conklin said. The Mavs (1-0) also got a boost with the return of senior Mackenzie Farrar, who missed most of last season with an injury. Farrar, batting second, was 3-for-4 and had two RBIs. But Hogue added there are also a bevy of younger players to give the offense a whole new dimension. “I think we have a lot of new players, we’re young and we’ve got a lot of speed,” Hogue said. “We’re getting around the bases pretty well and then we’ve got power in the middle.” Hogue, Farrar and Conklin each had hits to lead off the game and all scored to give Southside a quick 3-0 lead. Van Buren responded with four runs in the third to go in front. Then, Southside put up five runs in the top of the fourth; only to have the Lady Pointers answer with four more runs in their half of the inning to tie it at 8-all. But in the top of the sixth, the Mavs took command. Conklin was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and eventually reached third. With one out, Hana Dingman’s single brought Conklin home and Southside stayed in front from there. The Mavs were far from being done. Hogue hit a two-run double to right center, which was her fifth hit on the day, to extend the lead to four, 12-8. Two batters later, Conklin came up with the bases loaded. She drove a pitch which cleared the wall in left center, breaking the game open as Southside went up 16-8. It was Conklin’s first career grand slam. “At first, I was surprised because (Van Buren) wasn’t throwing a lot of strikes and as soon as I saw a pitch I could hit, I was like, I had to hit it,” Conklin said. “I didn’t really realize it was actually going over until I rounded first and I got really excited because we really, really needed that.” Conklin then capped the scoring in the seventh as she came up with the bases loaded again. This time, she doubled down the left-field line to bring in all three runners. “First game, we’ll have a lot of things that we will learn from, and we’ve got some young kids and I think they did a great job of hanging in there; they kept fighting and Van Buren, give them 100 percent of the credit as far as that goes because they fought back,” Southside coach Cassy Story said. “We would score and they would come back and score again. ... Again, I was proud of the kids; they fought hard and played well.” Dingman was 3-for-5 and Reese Robinson had two hits and two RBIs as well for the Mavs. Southside pitcher Meliah Hunter recorded nine strikeouts as she tossed a complete-game win. For Van Buren (0-1), Lexi Trejo went 3-for-5 with a double and triple. She scored twice and drove in three runs. Richelle Stacy also was 2-for-2 and Leah Wilkins gave Van Buren a 4-3 lead in the third with a two-run double. Southside will travel to a tournament beginning Thursday in Van Alstyne, Texas. Van Buren is at home again Tuesday to take on Northside....

3/3/2020

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