Kelsie Easlon

Kelsie Easlon is safe at third in Horatio's game with Bald Knob at the state 3A softball tournament.

SMACKOVER — Things started bad and got worse for Horatio. The Lady Lions were upset 9-5 by Bald Knob in the first round of the 3A state softball tournament at Smackover May 10.

In the top of the first the first two BK batters were retired in short order. With two out Hanna Smith doubled on a line drive to left. Madi Pierce was safe on a dribbler to short. Kynlee Brimer walked to load the bases.

Laiken Emerson

Horatio first baseman Laiken Emerson cannot come up with a low throw.

Janna Smith then almost missed the ball, but made just enough contact to bloop it between three defenders in short right center. Two runs scored. It was that kind of day for Horatio.

The Lady Lions tied the score in their half of the inning, but BKHS scored two more in the second and third innings, plus one in the fourth and another two in the seventh.

Maddie Rivas

Lady Lion Maddie Rivas waits for the throw as a Bald Knob runner reaches second base.

In the Horatio half of the first Kelsie Easlon singled to left. Leann Beasley followed with a single on a ground ball to right with Easlon moving to third.

Easlon scored when Madison Olvey grounded out to short. Laiken Emerson’s single to right brought in Beasley to tie the game.

Horatio scored two again in the fifth inning. Olvey was safe on an error by the first baseman. Emerson was hit by a pitch.

After Kaylee Morgan flied out to left, Lyndsi Cornish was hit by a pitch to load the bases. With two out Maddie Rivas singled on a line drive to center to drive in Olvey and Emerson.

The final Horatio run came in the sixth when Olvey homered to center.

Madison Olvey

Horatio shortstop Madison Olvey makes the throw to first as a Bald Knob batter sprints for the bag.

Horatio had 10 hits in the game, including three singles by Rivas. Olvey homered and singled. Macy Belcher, Easlon, Beasley, Emerson, Morgan and Cornish each had a single.

Rivas and Olvey each had two runs batted in and Emerson one.

Beasley pitched the full game with six strikeouts and two walks. She gave up 14 hits and nine earned runs.

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