St. Joseph, the defending 2A state champion, opened its baseball season going 1-2 at the Bauxite FCA Tournament.
After losing to Mayflower, the Bulldogs lost 8-0 to Central Arkansas Christian on Saturday and followed that with a 10-3 victory over Abundant Life.
Brtt Stroth was the winning pitcher against Abundant Life. David Beck took the loss against CAC.
“This was a good tournament for us,” said St. Joseph coach Luke Davis. “We started practice on Tuesday, played Mayflower on Wednesday and CAC and Abundant Life on Saturday. I’m a fan of playing a good team and that’s what we got. We jumped into baseball head first. I told the boys that we’ve got a long ways to go and a short time to get there.”
In its conference-opening baseball series against York College of Nebraska (11-8, 3-1) over the weekend, Central Baptist College (13-9, 1-3) won the final game of a four-game set.
Barry Brashier had a triple and a double in an 7-3 victory in the final game. Zach Sparks worked six innings in picking up the win at Victory Field at Conway Christian High School.
Friday, Jesse Hughes singled and homered and drove in two runs in an 8-4 loss. Aaron Conyers tossed a five-hitter for York.
In a 2-1 loss in the nightcap Friday, Ross Westbrook allowed one earned run and five hits. The Panthers scored what proved to be the winning run on an error in the ninth.
In Saturday’s first gme, York won 12-3. Santez Richardson was 3 for 5 with an RBI and a run scored for CBC. Josh Knoll threw a four-hitter and struck out seven over 5.2 innings for the win.
The York Panthers were too much for the Mustangs (13-9, 1-3) in the first game Saturday winning 12-3. Santez Richardson went 3-5, had one RBI and scored for CBC. Josh Knoll got the win for York allowing three runs over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out seven, walked one and had four hits.
With the score 4-3 Panthers in the sixth, York added five runs in the top of the seventh to secure the win.