Faulkner roundup: Catholic takes command of baseball race with win over Conway

Also, Conway softball, UCA vs. ASU baseball, Hendix baseball

Little Rock Catholic ran its league record to 6-0 and took command of the 7A/6A Central baseball race Wednesday with a 3-0 victory over Conway at Lamar Porter Field in Little Rock.

The Wampus Cats fell to 3-2 in conference.

Dylan Thompson threw a six-hitter and struck out six to lead the Rockets. Joe Myers drove in two runs.

Cade Jones was 2-for-3 for Conway. Mitchell Jones, who gave up three hits in three innings, took the loss.

CONWAY SOFTBALL

At Little Rock, the Conway Lady Cats moved to 4-1 in 7A/6A play with a 12-1 win over Mount St. Mary on Wednesday.

Megan Goodnight struck out eight and walked none in tossing a two-hitter in five innings of work.

“Megan is working really hard to come back from a devastating knee injury last spring,” said coach Chata Hickey. “She is working some kinks out, and improving well with getting her fundamentals back solid.

“We did a better job of reading the defense and adjusting our approach at the plate today. We had some communication errors on baserunning that fortunately didn’t cost us like they could have. We are hopefully starting to settle down defensively and play with some confidence.”

Morgan Felts, went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and scored twice. Kaylee St. John had three RBIs.

The Lady Cats play Greenwood at home on Friday night.

UCA BASEBALL

At Jonesboro, Arkansas State’s Brian Ayers was dominant, allowing four hits, striking out eight in six shutout innings as the Red Wolves (18-15) took a 3-0 victory Wednesday over the University of Central Arkansas baseball team.

The Bears (17-13) now face a long road trip to Thibodaux, La., for a weekend Southland Conference series that begins Friday.

Eric Wilcoxson was 2-for-3 with two RBIs for ASU.

Tyler Zuber, Cody Woodhouse and Morgan Croft combined to throw the final three innings, limiting the Bears to one hit and one walk while striking out one.

Riley Echols (1-2) was the losing pitcher. Charles Deckard had three for the Bears. Lee Raley and Chris Townsend had the other hits.

HENDRIX BASEBALL

Hendrix’s baseball team, trailing 5-3 in the fourth, came from behind Wednesday night to defeat University of the Ozarks, 8-5, at Warrior Field.

Thomas Weber was 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored for the Warriors (17-13). Wyatt Hogan was 3-for-3. Collin Raddack scored two runs and had two steals. Ryan Ritz had two hits, including a triple, a stolen base and two RBIs. Jacob Perschke had two RBIs.

Former St. Joseph star Andrew Beck was 2-for-4 with four RBIs, including a three-run triple, for Ozarks (9-18).

Freshman left-handed reliever Colten Poellinger (1-1) earned the win with two strikeouts, three hits, one run and two walks allowed over 2.2 innings.

Hendrix will host Oglethorpe University in a three-game Southern Athletic Association series beginning at noon on Saturday.

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