Conway Christian surges to district baseball title

Also CCS track, baseball and St. Joseph softball
Conway Christian's JonMark Wood fires to first in win over St. Joseph in title game. SUBMITTED PHOTO BY LADD ELLIS

Conway Christian won the 4-2A East baseball title Saturday with a 9-1 victory over St. Joseph in the championship game Friday at Bigelow.

The Eagles (14-4, 6-0) had 17 hits . Josiah Smith, who has a 2.87 ERA struck out 12 in allowing four hits.

Smith is hitting .442 with 13 RBI. Jakob Henry, who has two homers in the last three games, has a 2.22 ERA. Zack Harris has a 1.11 ERA.

The Eagles and St. Joseph both advanced to the regional tournament this week at Hector.

CCS plays Mountainburg at 10 a.m. Friday.

“We’ve been blessed with a great pitching staff but we must continue to hit the ball to compete in postseason,” said CCS coach Andrew Roberson. “We can stay in the game with our pitching but staying in the game and winning comes down to timely hitting.”

Owens Echols was 2 for 3 for the Bulldogs, who committed five errors.

“The numbers speak for themselves,” said St. Joseph coach Luke Davis.

St. Joseph (8-6) gained the finals with a 6-3 victory over Hector. David Beck (4-0) struck out eight and allowed four hits. Jacob Lampe got the save.

Dylan Schrekenhofer was 2 for 4 with a double and two RBI.

CCS TRACK

Conway Christian’s girls finished second overall and the boys third in the 4-2A East track meet last week at Hendrix.

The girls accumulated 144 points. Magazin won that division. The boys had 102 points to finish behind Bigelow and Magazine.

In the girls division, Katie Dather won the high jump with a leap of 4-9. Lindsey Clay finished second in that event at 4-4.

Rhaegan Linn won the 100 meters (13.25), 200 meters (27.82), and placed second in the long jump (14-9) and the triple jump (31-4.75).

The CCS girls 4x800 relay team (Kendra Lea, Lexia Nichols, Macey Vaught, and Katie Jo Henley), the 4x400 team (Lea, Nichols, Laila Sulieman, and Elizabeth Steely), and the In the boys division, Seth Smith won the 200 (24.42) and finished second in the 100 (11.82) to advance to the state meet.

He is joined by Zach Ward, who placed second in the high jump (5-10), and Bennett Pascoe, who won the 800 (2:17.29), 1600 (5:01.81), and 3200 (11:41.74).

The boys 4x100 team of Smith, David Gillespie, Clayton Dent, and Will Jackson) also qualified for state with a second-place finish.

CCS vs. ST. JOSEPH SOFTBALL

At Bigelow, Conway Christian used 10 hits, 13 walks, five hit batsmen and two errors to defeat St. Joseph’s softball team, 20-10, Friday in the 4-2A district tournament, ending the season for the Lady Bulldogs at 4-9.

Holly Rega was 2 for 3 with two runs for St. Joseph. Monica Davanozo was 2 for 3 with three RBI. Rachel Prall was 3 for 4 with two RIB. Tillar Lewis had a hit and an RBI.

“This was a heartbreaker for us being we had beaten them (the Eagles) earlier in the year,” said St. Joseph coach Debra Wilhite.

“We knew it would not be easy. We didn’t play well but we were still in it until the sixth inning (eight CCS runs). We got a little sloppy. The girls played hard but came in on the short end of the stick.”

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