Southeastern teams face pivotal series this week

Harold Harmon

Southeastern will host East Central in a critical Great American Conference softball doubleheader at 2 p.m. today.

The games were scheduled for Tuesday, but inclement weather (rain) spoiled that plan.

Coach Ron Faubion is hoping for some clement weather since the LadyStorm are scheduled to host six games this weekend with Oklahoma Baptist University coming to town Friday and Saturday. Weather permitting, which goes without saying.

Southeastern and East Central split a doubleheader in Ada on April 4. This is the only GAC series involving the Storm that is played on a home-and-home basis each year. This is a good thing because it gives fans of each school a home-field advantage for venting.

These games are important for both teams, which will add a little spice to the action.

LADYSTORM SOFTBALL has announced the signing of Murray State College All-America catcher Sydnee Hinkle.

The sophomore catcher/designated player/third baseman from Justin, Texas, earned second-team All-America honors for former Durant High softball coach Aaron Mullens.

Hinkle is currently leading Division II Junior Colleges with 15 home runs. She carries a nifty .417 batting average through 45 games.

She has scored 44 runs with eight doubles, 53 runs batted in and seven stolen bases. She also has a .526 on-base percentage and .808 slugging percentage.

Coach Mullens said, “Sydnee has an exceptional work ethic. She is very physically strong and has the most bat speed out of an individual player that I have ever coached. She can wait longer than the majority of hitters which allows her to be very successful.

“She is a great teammate and will be a great addition to coach Faubion’s team. She has made my transition as a high school coach to a college coach very easy. I am glad I had the opportunity to coach her.

Coach Faubion said, “Sydnee comes from a great family and will fit in well with our team. She hits for average and will also bring some added power to the middle of our lineup.”

THE LATEST GAC softball standings show Harding (42-4 overall) comfortably on top with a 32-2 conference record.

Southern Arkansas (35-11) is second at 25-9 and Arkansas-Monticello (30-14) is a close third at 23-9.

Arkansas Tech (29-17) is fourth at 23-11, Southern Nazarene (19-27) is fifth at 15-19, East Central (23-22) is sixth at 14-19, Northwestern (16-30) is seventh at 14-20 and Henderson State (19-27) is eighth at 13-21.

Ouachita Baptist (17-29) is next at 11-23, Southeastern (16-26) and Southwestern (16-26) are tied at 10-22 and Oklahoma Baptist (17-24) is last at 9-22.

Southeastern has 10 games remaining this season, including the twinbill with East Central here today.

The LadyStorm will host Oklahoma Baptist in doubleheaders Friday and Saturday to close out the home campaign.

The final road trip is to Southern Arkansas, No. 2 in the GAC, with twinbills set for April 28-29.

THE LATEST GAC baseball standings show Southeastern climbing well into the playoff picture.

Coach Mike Metheny’s club is now in sixth place, which is actually fifth since Oklahoma Baptist is fourth and ineligible for post-season play this year.

Southern Arkansas leads the way at 32-7 overall and 25-2 in league play.

Arkansas-Monticello (25-13) and Arkansas Tech (26-16) are tied for second at 20-7 with Oklahoma Baptist (26-15) fourth at 17-10.

Henderson State (23-16) is fifth at 16-11, Southeastern (14-21-1) is sixth at 12-13, Southwestern (15-22) is seventh at 11-14 and Harding (16-24) is eighth at 11-16.

Ouachita Baptist (13-28) is 10-17, East Central (9-26) is 8-19, Northwestern (12-29) is 7-20 and Southern Nazarene (4-36) is last at 3-24.

Southeastern is scheduled to play at Oklahoma Christian Tuesday and at Oklahoma Baptist Friday and Saturday.

There are three home games against Washburn on April 24-25 and the regular season ends with a three-game set at East Central on April 29-30.

DON’T FORGET Southeastern softball hosting East Central at 2 p.m. today at the field on N. 1st Avenue.

Home doubleheaders against Oklahoma Baptist Friday and Saturday could provide a huge boost to playoff hopes.

Saturday is scheduled to be Senior Day and, if the weather will cooperate, it will be a one-lady showcase for Conner Harmon, the lone senior on a truly young and inexperienced Southeastern softball team.

Harold Harmon is the retired Sports Editor at the Democrat and Sports Information Director at Southeastern

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