After two offensive onslaughts, Greenbrier’s baseball team prevailed in a pitchers’ duel Saturday night to win the First Community Bank Pioneer Classic at Batesville.
The Panthers’ Dylan McDearmon’s bases-loaded hit in the gap scored Cody McKnight with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh in a 2-1 victory over Jonesboro, the defending 6A state champion. McKnight had doubled and advanced to third on Kyle Ferguson’s single. An intentional walked loaded the bases.
Carson Matthews’ RBI triple accounted for Greenbrier’s other run.
Hunter Milligan scattered seven hits over 6 1/3 innings for the win. Max Porter picked up the save. After making a catch in center field, Josh Dollarhide threw out a runner at third to get the Panthers out of a jam.
The Panthers began the rain-delayed tournament Friday with a 12-3 victory over White Hall, the defending champion. Jordan Patton was the winning pitcher. Ethan Edwards had a two-run home run. Tanner Stewart was 3-for-3. Ferguson and McDearmon had two hits.
In the semifinals Saturday morning, Greenbrier downed Batesville, 11-4. Dollarhide, a transfer from Cabot who is a son of former Arkansas State star Jack Dollarhide, tossed a four-hitter and struck out six. Josh Walker and Matthews had two hits each.
Central Batptist College’s baseball team set a school season win mark last weekend in splitting a four-game series with Grace University at Victory Field at Conway Christian School.
The Mustangs are now 24-14, eclipsing the previous season win mark of 23.
In the first game of a doubleheader Friday, Grace scored six runs in the seventh inning for an 8-2 victory.
In the second game, Sam Buczek went 1-for-3 and hit a home run in the Mustangs’ 7-3 victory.
Zach Sparks struck out seven hitters and allowed one earned run and four hits over seven innings.
The Mustangs didn’t relinquish the lead after scoring two runs in the third inning when it scored on a two-run single by Myles Hiebert.
Saturday, Grace’s Carl Brice hurled a three-hitter in a 5-1 victory.
In the second game, the Mustangs won, 5-4.
Josh Buczek was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Ross Westbrook picked up the win with a seven-hitter over 6 2/3 innings. Ezra Wiley got the save. Cody Rhoades had an RBI single.
The University of Central Arkansas Bears committed two errors and had a costly baserunning blunder in a 7-4 loss to the Southeastern Louisiana Lions in their series finale Sunday at Bear Stadium.
The Bears (17-12, 6-6) and Lions (20-12, 7-5) finally found their offenses after a three-hit shutout for SLU on Friday and a one-hit shutout for the Bears on Saturday. The teams had 11 hits each, with UCA designated hitter Joey Pinney going 3 for 4 and reaching base four times with an additional walk. SLU’S Andrew Godbold was 3-for-5 and Jacob Williams was 3-for-4, with each recording an RBI.
UCA starter Connor McClain went seven innings, striking out a career-high eight while allowing 10 hits and five earned runs. The Bears got four earned runs off Lions’ starter Sean Kennel, who only lasted 2 1/3 innings, but nothing else over the final 6 2/3 innings off relievers Matt Pittari and Dylan Hills.
McClain got the loss to drop to 4-2 on the season. Hills improved to 2-2.
UCA has a non-conference game at Arkansas State at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday before returning to Southland Conference play next weekend at Nicholls State in Thibodaux, La.
MAYFLOWER — The Mayflower baseball team (12-2) defeated the Lonoke Jackrabbits, 9-1, and the Conway Christian Eagles, 3-2, in a doubleheader at Mayflower on Saturday.
Against Lonoke, Mayflower scored six runs in the fourth to take an 8-1 lead as it sent 10 batters to the plate. The inning was highlighted with RBIs from Jordan Burns, Drew Duncan, Trey Bradley and Garrett Taylor.
Duncan (2-0) recorded the complete-game win striking out three and allowing five hits. Burns who went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and Duncan went 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
Against CCS, Mayflower stranded six baserunners and had three picked off through the first five as CCS took a 2-0 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth.
Tyler Herrin reached on an error and Ryan Koonce walked. An RBI single by Tyler Godwin and a sacrifice fly by Justin Sewell tied the game.
In the bottom of the seventh, Mayflower won it after a double by Burns and a walk-off single by Bradley.
Christian Moore came in relief of Tyler Godwin and pitched 3 1/3 innnings of nearly flawless innings to record the win. Burns who went 2-for-4. Michael Post, Herrin, Godwin and Koonce also had hits for the Eagles.
At Lake Charles, La., McNeese State (27-10, 11-3) completed a sweep Sunday in the three-game softball series against the University of Central Arkansas with a 5-1 victory over the Bears (17-25, 7-7).
Jaime Allred (15-5) earned her second complete game victory of the series, limiting the Bears to just a single run on four hits over seven innings. She issued two walks and struck out two Bears. Kelsie Barker (2-1) took the loss.
Central Arkansas hosts Northwestern State this weekend.
At Mount Berry, Ga., Berry College completed a weekend softball sweep of Hendrix on Sunday, winning a doubleheader, 5-3 and 9-1.
The Vikings (23-7, 12-2) also won two games Saturday as the Warriors fell to 13-13, 7-6.
Hendrix will go back on the road next weekend for a four-game conference series at Birmingham-Southern College.
Also at Mount Berry, Ga., Berry College defeated Hendrix’s baseball team, 8-3, Sunday to win the rubber match of a three-game series.
The Vikings upped their mark to 21-10, 10-5 in SAA play. Hendrix fell to 16-13, 8-7.
The Warriors host University of the Ozarks on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
TULSA, Okla. — The University of Central Arkansas tennis team (10-9, 3-6) won five of six singles matches on the way to a 5-2 victory Sunday over Oral Roberts.
Winning singles matches were Kelsey Williams, Kristina Horsikyan, Cassidy Crawford, Krizia Buck and Bianca Strukelj.
Oral Roberts fell to 3-12, 0-8.