Mountain Home came away with a split of their two conference games last week, winning on the road at Middleton but coming up short at home against Emmett.
Mountain Home 5, Middleton 3
Lady Tigers pitcher Heather Adams helped herself out at the plate Tuesday with a three-run double that gave Mountain Home the lead for good as the Lady Tigers beat Middleton 5-3 on the road.
Adams' double came in the top of the third inning with Mountain Home trailing, 1-0. The bases were loaded with two out when Adams smashed the 0-2 pitch off the fence in left-center to clear the bases.
Mountain Home head softball coach Chris Asbury was happy to get the win, which snapped the team's four-game conference losing streak.
"It feels good to get that 'W' and getting back on the winning track here," he said. "At the same time, there's definitely lots of stuff to work on. Heather admittedly said, 'Coach, I didn't have my best stuff today,' but we gutted it out and got a lot of ground balls and fly-ball outs."
At the plate, the team made some better contact and had more base runners, he added.
"Now we've got to come through in the clutch and move them around -- five, six, seven runners in scoring position and we plate a couple of them," Asbury said. "We've definitely got to do a better job executing, but I think we've turned the corner and got things back on track."
Maeghan Pomerantz and Madi Karst both had two hits, with Karst hittingh a double. Heather Adams had a three-run double, and Krissy Elliott and Brittney Karst also had hits. Heather Adams improved to 6-5 on the season in the circle.
Emmett 13, Mountain Home 11
The Lady Tigers battled back from an early deficit to make a game of it Thursday. But the team fell short a couple runs to Emmett in a 11-13 loss at Memmelaar Field.
Emmett scored early and often to build up a 10-3 lead before the Lady Tigers started their comeback. Mountain Home got within three, 10-7, before the Lady Huskies pushed their lead to five.
Brittney Karst's three-run home run made it 12-10, Emmett, in the sixth. Mountain Home had the bases loaded with two out in the bottom of the seventh but could not overcome their two-run deficit as Emmett left with the win.
"We blew a couple opportunities there, but I'm just real proud of the girls that they scrapped back," Coach Asbury said after the game. "We were down big early -- unfortunate errors, pitching mistakes, just all around. We weren't in the game, and we kept chipping away and chipping away and gave ourselves a chance to win. I was real proud of our effort in getting back in it."