The Golden Suns will head to Bentonville again this weekend to compete in the UAM nine-state classic. In this classic, the Golden Suns will be taking on the Minnesota State Lady Mavericks and the Rogers State Lady Hillcats tomorrow, Feb. 16, starting at 11 a.m. Then on Saturday, Feb. 17, they will finish out the weekend taking on the Minnesota Duluth Lady Bulldogs and the Northeastern State Lady Riverhawks.
The Golden Suns, 6-2 overall, come off the weekend with a 3-1 record, winning two in the first day and winning the other in the first game on the second day.
In the softball classic, the Golden Suns beat the Northwest Missouri Lady Bearcats, 2-2 overall, the Emporia State Lady Hornets, 5-4 overall, and the Central Missouri Lady Mules, 4-6 overall; while their only loss was to the Missouri Western State Lady Griffons, 2-2 overall.
In the first day of games, the Golden Suns were able to come out with some offense, scoring 11 runs while holding the Lady Bearcats to six. Then in the next game beat the Lady Hornets 9-5. Bailey Shaffer, from Guthrie, Oklahoma, picked up two wins on the mound after allowing five hits and three runs over two innings in the first game and one run on three hits in five innings in the second. Paige Mendoza, from Fort Smith, had five hits while Janie Knowles, from Celina, Texas, had four. Megan Goodnight, from Cabot, picked up two hits in the second game.
In the second day, the Golden Suns picked up a win against the Lady Mules, 12-8, then dropped the final game to the lady Griffons, 2-5. Bailey Bunch, from Mena, Ashton Sangster, from Van Buren, and Goodnight all picked up four hits in the afternoon.
In the first game with the score tied at 8-8, Goodnight came in to pitch a perfect inning and then hit it to centerfield for an RBI to put the Golden Suns up in the end. In the loss, Goodnight and Bunch finished with three hits and Sangster with two. Cara Tolar, from San Antonio, Texas, pitched allowing three runs on two hits.