St. Joseph baseball team, the No. 2 seed in its region, moved within one game of playing for a Class 2A title Friday in the crazy world of single-elimination tournaments and stormy weather.
The Bulldogs defeated Parkers Chapel, 7-3, late Thursday night then defeated Sloan-Hendrix, 4-3, Friday to advance to Saturday’s semifinals at East Poinsett County in LePanto.
Meanwhile, Conway Christian, which gained a first-round bye because of a top seed from conference and regional championships, saw its season end in the quarterfinals with a 2-1 loss to Palestine Wheatley.
Against Sloan-Hendrix, St. Joseph’s Brad Vandivere and Tim Coney allowed five hits. Vandivere got the win and Coney the save. Vandivere was 3 for 3.
“Brad and Timmy pitched very well,” said coach Luke Davis. “We are one of four left … anything can happen.”
Against Parkers Chapel, David Beck and Daniel Lee Kordsmeier allowed one hit each. Beck struck out 10. Coney was 2 for 4 with two RBI.
“Parkers Chapel was a big win for us and our program against a really good baseball school,” said Davis, whose team made four errors, “the best ugly win we have had all year.”
Tournaments in every part of the state experienced some kind of weather delay.
Mount Vernon-Enola’s softball team gained 1A semifinals at Pine Bluff with a 5-2 victory over Viola and a 10-1 win over Shirley on Thursday. The Lady Warhawks had scheduled semifinal games Friday.
Friday, Springdale Har-Ber eliminated Conway’s boys soccer team with a 2-0 victory in the 7A quarterfinals at Fort Smith.
In other state tournament games Thursday, Har-Ber defeated the Conway girls soccer team, 3-0, in the 7A tournament. Mena defeated the St. Joseph boys, 5-4, in 4A soccer at Batesville.