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TEXARKANA, Ark. — The middle innings stung Arkansas High on the softball diamond.

The Lady Backs (3-5, 0-2) fell to El Dorado in a Conference 6A/5A game Friday night at Lady Backs Field, 10-5.

"We showed a lot of heart tonight," Arkansas High head coach Kaylee Treas-Dalby said. "I tell them all the time that errors can really hurt us. It could've gotten bad there, but the girls kept fighting.

"I'm glad we were able to continue to get our outs down the stretch we needed."

Laiken McKnight opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning for Arkansas High. McKnight scored on an El Dorado wild pitch with no outs.

McKnight went 3 for 4 with a triple, double and scored two runs for AHS.

The following inning, Ataliya Gaston drove in Takiya Hawkins for the Lady Backs' second run of the game.

Gaston went 0 for 3 with an RBI, while teammate Hawkins finished 2 for 2 with a triple and two runs scored.

Jordyn Standley started in the circle for the Lady Backs. Standley hurled seven innings, struck out eight and gave up three runs.

"Jordyn really stepped up for us on the mound tonight," Treas-Dalby said. "She's our leader and captain. She really gets the girls going in the dugout when we need it."

McKnight scored another run for AHS in the bottom of the third inning on an El Dorado wild pitch, extending the Lady Backs' lead to 3-0.

Standley drove in Alexyee Nowlin later in the inning for the Lady Backs, increasing their cushion to 4-0.

El Dorado made a surge in the top of the fourth inning with no outs.

Abby Thompson drove in two runs for the Lady Wildcats and teammate Lexi Bronson added an RBI, cutting the AHS lead to a run, 4-3.

Raseln Fudge and Macy Eads each slapped in 2 RBI apiece for El Dorado in the top of the fifth, as the Lady Wildcats took their first lead of the game, 8-4.

Fudge knocked in 2 runs and extended the Lady Wildcats' lead to 10-4.

Arkansas High is back in action on Tuesday, traveling to Hot Spring Lakeside.

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