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Lady Pioneers come from behind for big win

by Michael Eckels | April 6, 2021 at 8:14 a.m.
Westside Eagle Observer/MIKE ECKELS Madi Voyles gets a solid hit on the ball sending it over the center field wall for a Lady Pioneer home run during the top of the fifth inning of the Gravette-Gentry softball game in Gravette Friday night. Voyles homer, along with another home run team mate Kyleigh Wheaton, helped the Lady Pioneers win the conference contest 10-7.

GRAVETTE -- The Gentry Lady Pioneers overtook the Lady Lions in the fifth inning to take the win by three in the big Gravette-Gentry softball showdown at Lion Softball Field in Gravette on Friday night.

The Lady Lions grabbed a three-run lead, two in the bottom of the first and one in the bottom of the second inning. Gentry came back in the top of the third with three runs, including a home run by Kyleigh Wheaton to tie the game at three-all, but the Lady Lions scored three more in the bottom of the inning for a 6-3 lead.

The Lady Pioneers scored two in the fourth and tied things up in the top of fifth with a solo home run by lead-off batter Wheaton. Liberty Brannon singled on a bunt to the pitcher, bringing in Faviola Lopez-Najar. Randi-Jo Bolinger singled to drive in Madi Voyles, and Brannon scored on a Mazzi Jones double to put the Lady Pioneers up, 9-3.

The Gentry girls added their tenth run in the top of the sixth on a Wheaton double and a Lopez-Najar sacrifice.

Gravette picked up a solo run in the bottom of the sixth but it was not enough to regain the lead. The Gentry Lady Pioneers took the conference win, 10-7, over the Gravette Lady Lions

Wheaton led the Lady Pioneers with her bat, with two home runs and a double in the game. She batted in three runs. Madi Voyles also hit a home run and a double.

Wheaton completed seven innings in the circle, delivering 140 pitches, allowing seven runs on seven hits (three earned runs) while walking three and striking out nine.

Brooke Handle was back in the circle for the seven-inning contest. She threw 116 pitches and allowed 10 runs on 12 hits (five earned) with seven strikeouts.

Leading the scoring for Gravette was Byrann Romine with three runs, followed by Keely Elsea, Taylor Neustel, Handle and Kaidence Sandoval with one each.

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Lady Pioneer Kyleigh Wheaton (9) is about to cross home plate to a hail of glory from the entire bench during the Gravette-Gentry softball contest in Gravette Friday night. Wheaton hit two home runs to help the Lady Pioneers defeat the Lady Lions 10-7.
Westside Eagle Observer/MIKE ECKELS Lady Pioneer Kyleigh Wheaton (9) is about to cross home plate to a hail of glory from the entire bench during the Gravette-Gentry softball contest in Gravette Friday night. Wheaton hit two home runs to help the Lady Pioneers defeat the Lady Lions 10-7.
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Lady Pioneer Kyleigh Wheaton delivers a pitch to home plate during the fifth inning of the Gravette-Gentry softball game at Lion Softball field in Gravette Friday night. Wheaton had a busy night for the Lady Pioneers completing all seven innings and delivering 140 pitchers over home plate.
Westside Eagle Observer/MIKE ECKELS Lady Pioneer Kyleigh Wheaton delivers a pitch to home plate during the fifth inning of the Gravette-Gentry softball game at Lion Softball field in Gravette Friday night. Wheaton had a busy night for the Lady Pioneers completing all seven innings and delivering 140 pitchers over home plate.
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After Lady Pioneer Males Wilson (right) misses a throw from first base which allowed Lady Lion Kaidence Sandival to take off for home plate during the Gravette-Gentry softball game at Lions Softball field in Gravette Friday night. Sandoval crossed home plate for her only run of the contest.
Westside Eagle Observer/MIKE ECKELS After Lady Pioneer Males Wilson (right) misses a throw from first base which allowed Lady Lion Kaidence Sandival to take off for home plate during the Gravette-Gentry softball game at Lions Softball field in Gravette Friday night. Sandoval crossed home plate for her only run of the contest.
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Lady Lion Keeley Elsea connects with the ball for a base hit during the Gravette-Gentry softball contest in Gravette Friday night. The Lady Pioneers overtook the Lady Lions in the fifth inning to win the contest 10-7 capturing the conference game.
Westside Eagle Observer/MIKE ECKELS Lady Lion Keeley Elsea connects with the ball for a base hit during the Gravette-Gentry softball contest in Gravette Friday night. The Lady Pioneers overtook the Lady Lions in the fifth inning to win the contest 10-7 capturing the conference game.
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Taylor Neustel stretches as far as she can to catch the ball during the Friday night Gravette-Gentry softball contest at Lion Softball field in Gravette. Neustel's effort paid off as the umpire call Lady Pioneer runner Madi Voyles out at first base.
Westside Eagle Observer/MIKE ECKELS Taylor Neustel stretches as far as she can to catch the ball during the Friday night Gravette-Gentry softball contest at Lion Softball field in Gravette. Neustel's effort paid off as the umpire call Lady Pioneer runner Madi Voyles out at first base.
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Lady Lion Brynne Romine catches a popup fly to her short stop position for a Lady Pioneer out during the sixth inning of the Friday night Gravette-Gentry softball contest in Gravette. the Lady Pioneers took the conference win 10-7 over the Lady Lions.
Westside Eagle Observer/MIKE ECKELS Lady Lion Brynne Romine catches a popup fly to her short stop position for a Lady Pioneer out during the sixth inning of the Friday night Gravette-Gentry softball contest in Gravette. the Lady Pioneers took the conference win 10-7 over the Lady Lions.
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Keeley Elsea picks up a ground ball in center field during the Gravette-Gentry softball contest in Gravette Friday night. Elsea was abel to throw to her cutoff person forcing the Lady Pioneer batter into a single base hit.
Westside Eagle Observer/MIKE ECKELS Keeley Elsea picks up a ground ball in center field during the Gravette-Gentry softball contest in Gravette Friday night. Elsea was abel to throw to her cutoff person forcing the Lady Pioneer batter into a single base hit.
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