GRAVETTE -- A home run in the first inning by Lizzy Ellis, coupled with a three-run homer in the fourth by Brooke Handle, sealed the win for the Gravette Lady Lions as the team hosted the Siloam Springs Lady Panthers in a nonconference contest at Lion Softball Field in Gravette Thursday night.
In the bottom of the first inning, Ellis' homer gave the Lady Lions a four-run headstart. The Lady Panthers scored one run in the top of the third, cutting the Lady Lions lead to three, but this was Siloam Springs' only run of the night. The Lady Lions posted two more runs in the bottom of the third and five in the bottom of the fifth, including Handle's three-run homer to defeat the Siloam Springs Lady Panthers 11-1.
Keeley Elsea led the way with three runs, followed by Ellis, Handle and Taylor Neustel with two runs each. Rounding out the scoring drive for the Lady Lions was Kelsey Pembleton and Brynne Romine with one run each.
Handle completed the five-inning game for Gravette, delivering 72 pitches, allowing only one run on two hits, walking three and striking out seven.
In an earlier game played in Farmington on March 30, the Lady Cardinals downed the Lady Lions, 13-1. Olivia Crawford had the only run for Gravette.
Handle was in the circle for Gravette, completing four innings and throwing 85 pitches. She allowed 13 runs on 15 hits (including three home runs), striking out one and walking two.