MHHS Softball, Baseball and Track Are in Full Swing

MHHS Softball, Baseball and Track Are in Full Swing

Kassie Kratochvil, Reporter

The first week of April will be a busy one for our Spring sports team. We gathered the latest updates, starting with softball.

The MHHS softball team had a rough outing at home on Friday falling to Greene County Tech 6-4. Georgia Burnham led the Lady Bombers by going two-for-three with a solo home run, a double and a walk, and Lauren Loving was two-for-four with an RB The team dropped to 10-4 on the season.

The softball team had a good night Tuesday at McClain Park as they swept a doubleheader over Van Buren.
Mattie Belk drove in Marcie Cudworth from third base on suicide squeeze in the final inning to push the Lady Bombers past the Lady Pointers 1-0 in the first game. Mallory Pierski, Cudworth and Gracie Uchtman each went two-for-three. Lauren Loving was the winning pitcher after striking out nine batters and giving up three hits.

The second game was more lopsided with Mountain Home beating Van Buren 9-2. Emma Crabb was credited with the win by recording eight strikeouts and allowing three hits. Cudworth was three-for-four with an RBI, Tori Robb went two-for-four and drove in three runs, Emily Payne was two-for-four with an RBI coming on a solo home run, Georgia Burnham went two-for-four with an RBI, and Uchtman was two-for-four.

The Lady Bombers improve to 11-4 on the season and 6-2 in the 5A-West, and they’ll begin tournament play Friday in Benton.

The baseball team returned to McClain Park playing a 5A-West varsity doubleheader with Van Buren. The baseball team was not able to fare as well as their softball counterparts as they were swept at home by Van Buren. The Bombers lost the first game 1-0, and the Pointers also took the second game 8-1.

In track, teams traveled across the state line Thursday to compete in the Branson Track Invitational.

The Lady Bombers finished third in the team standings. Individually for Mountain Home, Emily Payne finished second in the 800-meter run with a personal record, Laurel Chafin was second in the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles and fifth in the discus, Kinsey Taylor ended up second in the pole vault, Kylee Sabella took second place with a personal and school record in the triple jump, Riley Schmitz finished second in the long jump with a personal record and fifth in the 100-meter hurdles, Cayden Jones was third in the discus, Rylee Patterson ended up fourth in the 1600-meter run with a personal record, Jordan Ritenburg took fourth place in the 3200-meter run with a personal record, Emma Wilber finished fourth the high jump, and Victoria Bevel was fifth in the discus with a personal record. In addition, the team of Emma Martin, Chloe Lydon, Ritenburg and Kelsey Roach ended up third in the 4×800-meter relay; Chafin, Kendall Carter, Schmitz and Sabella took fourth place in the 4×100-meter relay in a season best time; and Cate Jackson, Martin, Kamryn Mullin and Payne finished fourth in the 4×800-meter relay in a season best time.

The Bombers were fifth on the boys’ side. Individually, Brody Patterson won the 110-meter hurdles and ended up second in the 300-meter hurdles, Dalton Schaufler won the triple jump and took fourth place in the long jump, Brayden Daniel finished second in the pole vault, and Parker Wise was second in the javelin with a personal and school record. Also, the team of Tatem Beshears, Brandon Barnett, Schaufler and Lawson Stockton ended up fifth in the 4×200-meter relay with a season-best time; Patterson, Schaufler, Daniel and Stockton took fifth place in the 4×400-meter relay; and Darren Blount, Tucker Davidson, Jacob Lewis and Tate McReynolds finished fifth in the 4×800-meter relay.