Sophomore sparks Razorbacks past El Dorado; Tigers on top of 15-5A

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Arkansas High pitcher Braylen Bishop in action Friday at Razorback Field against El Dorado.


Sophomore Braylon Bishop is quickly making a name for himself as a member of Arkansas High’s baseball team.

Bishop tripled in the seventh inning, then scored the winning run on Nicholas Harris’ walk-off single that gave the Razorbacks a 3-2 win over El Dorado.

Bishop started for the Hogs on the mound, yielding two runs in the third without giving up a hit. In four innings of work Bishop allowed one hit, walked seven and struck out eight. Reliever Drake Browning shut out the Wildcats the rest of the way, striking out six.

“Their kid (Derek Jobe) came out and dominated the strike zone early,” said AHS coach Layne Berry. “We struck out way too many times (11), but we’re finding a way to win. Our pitchers are trying to do too much, and strike out everybody. They’ve got to let our defense play. Our sophomore and Drake were great today, except for the walks.”

Bishop had a single to go with his triple, while Graydon Martin contributed a double and single. Preston Bunch also had a hit for the Razorbacks.

Arkansas High had three conference games next week.

The Lady Backs lost to El Dorado, 9-1.

Strong pitching, hitting propel Tigers

Strong pitching and hitting propelled Texas High to a 6-1 victory over Greenville Friday night at Tiger Field.

Sophomore Rian Cellers pitched a 3-hitter, striking out eight and walking two, and his teammates banged out 10 hits, including two home runs.

Chris Lyles blasted a grand-slam home run to left field with no outs in the bottom of the first inning to put the Tigers ahead to stay after Greenville scored its lone run in the top of the inning.

Connor Allred, who was 3-for-3, singled home a run in the fourth inning and sophomore catcher Jackson Halter belted a solo shot to right-center for the final Tiger run in the fifth.

Lyles, Halter and Chris Sutton had two hits each for the Tigers, who completed the sweep of the three-game series against Greenville, outscoring the Lions 33-6 in the process.

Texas High continues to lead the District 15-5A standings at 6-1 and is 13-7 overall. The Tigers host Royse City on Tuesday before playing the same team on the road next Friday.

Texas High freshman Lauren Allred had three hits in Friday’s extra Inning loss to Lindale.

Lady Tigers couldn’t hold lead

Lindale scored four runs in the seventh, and four more in the ninth inning Friday to rally past Texas High’s softball team, 11-7.

Texas High slipped to 2-2 in District 15-5A after building a 7-1 cushion in the third inning.

It was 7-5 in the seventh when Lindale’s Jodi Dehart smashed a two-run homer over the left-center fence to tie the game. The Lady Eagles started the ninth with three hits to load the bases, and scored on three consecutive fielder’s choices with nobody thrown out.

The Lady Tigers outhit Lindale, 13-10. Kaitlyn Cross had a double and four singles, with Lauren Allred contributing three hits. Alexis Bolden had two hits and drove in two runs.

Dehart had a single to go with her home run, with Kenleigh Aguirre and Elizabeth Watkins adding two hits each for the Eagles. Makayla Ragland was the winning pitcher in relief.

Hawks still unbeaten in 15-4A play

Pleasant Grove improved to 15-4 overall and 6-0 in District 15-4A Friday by defeating Pittsburg, 9-1.

The Hawks will host Ashdown Tuesday.

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