MALVERN â€“ In two must-win games, the Bauxite Lady Miners punched their ticket to a 4A Regionals berth on Friday when they defeated the Robinson Senators 16-6 and the Central Arkansas Christian Lady Mustangs 11-3 at the 7-4A District Tournament in Malvern. The Lady Miners played Nashville, which Bauxite lost to 13-1 on April 25, in the semifinal game on Saturday with results in Mondayâ€™s edition.
â€śWeâ€™re in the Regional for sure now,â€ť Bauxite Coach Sara Tew said. â€śItâ€™s just a matter of where. If we beat Nashville, weâ€™ll be a 1 or 2 seed.â€ť
It was pitching, hitting and defense that got the Lady Miners (11-8) the wins to make it to a regional.
â€śEveryone did just an amazing job,â€ť Tew said. â€śSarah Levart pitched both games. The best hitting performance of the day goes to Sydney Wingate. She had a really good day hitting.â€ť
Wingate went 4 for 4 in the Robinson game and 3 for 4 vs. CAC with a total of seven RBI on the day.
â€śDefensively, Jacie Cooper did a great job,â€ť Tew said. â€śShe played shortstop and made a lot of plays. A lot of plays that saved us.â€ť
â€śI think their mental focus is changing,â€ť Tew said of her playersâ€™ district success. â€śWeâ€™ve always had it physically, but weâ€™re not always there mentally. Everybody just clicked [Friday]. They were prepared to be there and prepared to win those two games. Mental focus was the definite change.â€ť