The Newport Greyhound Softball team won two out of their three games in the 2021 Bearcat Blast High School Softball Tournament that took place in Jonesboro this past weekend.

In the tournament’s opening game on Friday, it came down to the last play, but Newport was on the wrong end of an 8-7 defeat to Armorel.

Armorel trailed 7-6 in the bottom of the sixth inning when an error scored two runs for Armorel.

After the Greyhounds scored two runs in the top of the third, Armorel answered with two of their own. Newport scored when Abbie Nation singled, scoring one run and Emily Jackson would single, knocking in the other.

The Greyhounds would tie things up at 6 in the top of the fifth inning when Keylei Henderson doubled scoring a run.

Despite the loss Newport had 11 hits in the game. Nation, Henderson, Emi Addington, and Jackson all had two hits apiece to lead Newport. Nation also had two stolen bases.

Addington went the distance in the circle pitching five and two/thirds innings surrendering seven hits while striking out three while only giving up two earned runs.

“It was a tough heartbreaking way to lose, but immediately following the game we all knew what needed to be done to get better and we were ready to prove it the next day,” states Head Coach Kevin Pearce.

And prove it they did. Newport Greyhound Softball would cruise to an easy victory in their first game on Saturday with an 8-1 win over Bay.

Newport got on the board in the first inning. Abbie Nation doubled, plating two runs.

Newport notched three runs in the second inning. The rally was led by singles by Emi Addington and Emily Jackson and a double by Zee Zee Worsham.

The Greyhounds racked up 10 hits in the game. Addington, Nation, and Worsham each managed two hits.

Addington earned the win in the circle allowing just one run off of four hits, striking out four and walking no one.

In the final game of the tournament against Barton Emi Addington would pitch a one hit shutout to lead Newport to an 11-0 victory.

The Greyhounds would seal the victory by scoring eight runs in the fourth inning. The offensive onslaught came from singles by Mary Sanders, Emily Jackson, Keylei Henderson, and Raegan Smith, a triple by Emi Addington, and a bunt single by Shaylee Elliot.

Newport for the third time in the tournament would put up double digit hits by picking up 13 in the game. The Greyhounds hitting leaders included Addington, Nation and Jackson all getting two hits.

“Emi Addington pitched a phenomenal tournament for us, she only gave up three earned runs and walked just two batters while pitching every inning for us for the entirety of the tournament. She is a consummate competitor and sets the tone for our team,” Pearce said. “I was so proud of our team in this tournament. We got some much needed experience for our young team. If we keep building on this and getting better, I am excited about the rest of the season.”

Newport Greyhound Softball returns to the field after Spring Break with a conference game on the road at Clinton on March 30. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.

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