Central Arkansas Christian’s softball team saw its unbeaten 7-4A conference record shattered last week with three losses, and the Lady Mustangs will have some work to do in the district tournament to continue their season.
CAC stood 6-6 overall and 3-0 in league play entering last week before falling to Nashville, the defending Class 4A state champion, 13-0.
Coach Amy Zini called that one "expected." But the next two were heartbreaking — 7-6 at Malvern and 12-11 to Pulaski Robinson.
"We knew it would be a close game (at Malvern), and we led mostly through the top of the seventh, but Malvern came back in the bottom of the seventh and beat us," she said. "That dashed our hopes of finishing third in the conference. The girls hit and played well, but we just could not hold them in the seventh."
The Robinson loss was different. Zini said the Lady Mustangs expected to win that one.
"We had a player out with illness and another out for Holy Thursday — both starters," she said. "We really thought we could pull it off without them, but we gave up a three-run home run and another home run, and it really hurt us to not have them in the lineup."
CAC will close the conference schedule at Ashdown on Friday. The Lady Panthers were state runners-up last year.
"It will be a tough game, but we can definitely do it if we play our best," Zini said.
The Lady Mustangs were scheduled to celebrate Senior Night on Tuesday with a non-conference game against Little Rock Christian. Zini called Kayely-Morganne Shields, Molleigh Gray and Maycee Fendley "the best group of seniors I have ever been blessed to work with."
"Their leadership and work ethic are top-notch," she said. "We will miss them greatly next year."
The Lady Mustangs were also scheduled for non-conference games with Lonoke on Monday and at Perryville on Thursday. They are scheduled to close the regular season on Tuesday, April 29 at Pulaski Academy for another non-conference game.
They will play in the 7-4A District Tournament at Malvern May 2-3 with the top four teams advancing to the Class 4A South Regional the following week.