Conway High wrapped up the 7A/6A Central baseball title and a No. 1 seed in this week’s 7A state tournament in an improbable manner Friday at Greenwood.
The Wampus Cats (17-8, 11-3) scored seven unearned runs in the eighth inning for a 10-4 victory over Greenwood.
The Cats sent 12 batters to the plate. It all started with a passed ball on a leadoff strikeout. Then, the Cats took advantage of two errors and two hit batsman.
Conway had only two hits in the inning, a two-run single by Carson Cook and a double by Kolby Reck.
It was the third conference title in five years for the Wampus Cats and the 15th overall. The win was also coach Noel Boucher’s 599th in 30 years at Conway.
“We have 13 seniors and every one of those have been hurt and had to sit out,” Boucher told the Southwest Times-Record. “We’ve had to put things together, but that’s a credit to them. They’re playing well and we’re happy how things are going.”
Conway will now draw a first-round bye in the state tournament at North Little Rock’s Burns Park and will play at 10 a.m. Friday.
The Cats trailed 3-2 in the top of the seventh when Carson Cook drove in Conner Williams to force extra innings.
Greenwood fell to 10-14, 6-8 and will be a No. 4 seed in the 6A state tournament at Benton.
In a softball game at Greenwood, the Lady Bulldogs (21-10, 11-3) wrapped up second place in 7A/6A Central with a 10-6 victory over Conway.
The Lady Bulldogs took command from the start with five runs in the first inning. They increased the lead to 6-0 in the second.
Conway made things interesting in the seventh by scoring three runs and had the tying run on deck with one out, but Greenwood pitcher Victoria Taylor retired the next two hitters to end it. Taylor struck out six.
The Wampus Cats will have to await their seeding for the 7A state tournament this week in which they will host at City of Colleges Park.