With the 5A-West title on the line Saturday, Vilonia’s Cameron Wilkins threw a no-hitter in an 11-0 victory over Greenbrier’s baseball team, giving the Eagles the championship by the split of a doubleheader at Greenbrier, delayed a day by rain.
It was the first baseball championship by Vilonia since it became a 5A member.
Greenbrier, which entered the twinbill at 9-3, won the first game, 4-0. Vilonia was 10-2. The Eagles (11-3) who won by a tiebreaker over Harrison, which was swept in a doubleheader by Vilonia, enters this week’s state tournament at Jacksonville as the No. 2 seed and Greenbrier gains the No. 3 spot.
Wilkins walked one in the shutout.
Vilonia will play Greene County Tech in the first round of the 5A state tournament at 10 a.m. Thursday at Jacksonville’s DuPree Park.
ST. JOSEPH BASEBALL
St. Joseph clinched a Class 2A baseball state tournament berth Saturday with a 15-0 victory over Mountainburg.
The Bulldogs (15-4) scored 10 runs in the first inning to put the game away. Nash Nichols (8-1) tossed a one-hitter over four innings and struck out seven.
The Bulldogs had 11 hits, three by Nichols and Britt Stroth and two by Jacob Lampe and Dylan Schrekenhofer. Nichols scored three runs and had four RBIs, including a double and a triple. Stroth had four RBIs. Schrekenhofer scored three runs with two RBIs.
“We’re in state and from there you never know,” said St. Joseph coach Luke Davis. “We’re one of 16 to have a chance.”
At Haskell, Mayflower rallied from a 5-0 deficit Saturday to defeat Rose Bud, 6-5, in 10 innings in regional baseball play, clinching a state berth for the Eagles (24-3).
In the bottom of the 10th, with the scored tied at 5, Justin Sewell led off with a double and took third on a bunt single by Christian Moore. Justin Case was walked to load the bases and bring Michael Post to the plate. On a full count, Post lined a ball to deep center to score Sewell with the inning run.
“We overcame some adversity tonight,” said Mayflower coach Joe Allbritton, whose team trailed 5-0 in the third. “We have had to come from behind a couple of times this year and those games help you in a game like this. We had a couple of kids step up big tonight. I called on Christian Moore to come in and hit and he did his job. I tell kids all the time, you never know when your time will come, always be ready. These kids don’t quit, they just keep hacking away and I couldn’t be prouder of them.”
Mayflower was led at the plate by Post and Jordan Burns with three hits and three RBIs each. Sewell and Drew Duncan also had two hits each.
Burns (9-0) earned the victory on the mound, going seven innings while striking out five and allowing no runs on only three hits.
ST. JOSEPH SOCCER
The St. Joseph boys soccer team finished its season with a 4-1 win Friday against Conway Christian.
The victory was not enough to secure the Bulldogs (4-1-9, 3-4) a spot in the 4A tournament at North Little Rock’s Burns Park. Jonesboro Westside and Riverview were other 4A-3 victories for the Bulldogs, along with a non-conference win against Danville.
St. Joseph averaged 1.5 goals per game, with junior Jensen Thielke leading the team with 11 goals, including one game-winner. Senior goalkeeper Spencer Freyaldenhoven faced 13.5 shots and gave up 3.1 goals per game.
The Lady Bulldogs secured third-place in 4A-3 and a playoff spot with a 3-1 victory against the Lady Eagles. The Lady Bulldogs will play a first-round game Thursday at Burns Park.