BENTON, Ark. – Arkansas High baseball coach Layne Berry figures he surprised Benton Monday in a key conference game by starting Floyd Hill on the mound.
Hill’s off-speed pitches kept Benton batters at bay for more than five innings, and Cody Adcock held the host team scoreless for 3.2 innings as the Razorbacks won in nine innings, 4-2.
“We figured Benton would expect us to start Cody, who throws around 90,” said Berry. “Floyd did a great job of keeping us in the game, which was important since we play at Lakeside Tuesday. We’ve got another conference game on Friday, too.”
Eighth-place batter Braylen Dyer singled to start the Razorbacks’ ninth. Pinch-runner Logan Williams stole second, scoring on Graydon Martin’s third hit of the game. Martin advanced to second on the throw home, scoring when Drake Browning’s grounder to third was booted into left field.
“Graydon really has a hot bat right now,” said Berry. “(Nicholas) Harris also had two hits today, and has been hitting well recently. He was hitting early, but we kept him in four-hole because we knew he’s come around.”
Hill scattered five hits in 5.1 innings, allowed two runs. He walked two and struck out three. Adcock allowed two hits, walked two and struck out four.
Lady Warriors fall to Maud
Trinity Christian School’s young softball team in learning the hard way, falling to Maud Monday at the Lady Warriors’ field, 19-6.
Sierra Cooper and Zoe Patterson pitched for Trinity, combining for 6 strikeouts in six innings. Landi Williamson had a single for Trinity, while Hallie Fant scored 2 runs.
The Lady Warriors lost two games over the weekend in Hope to Garret Memorial, 18-4, and to Southwest Christian Academy, 7-5.
Jasmine Pruitt, Williamson and Shayla Kemp had hits against Garret Memorial. Fant, Cooper, Pruitt, Anna Grace, Williamson and Kemp had hits in the second game. Cooper suffered the pitching loss despite 5 strikeouts.
Trinity Christian’s baseball team won twice in Hope. The Warriors beat Columbia Christian in the first game, 7-2. George Leopard was the winning pitcher, and contributed a double and two RBI at the plate. Silas Nix had 2 hits, while Paul Nix, Evan Miller, Shawn Brown and George Cox added 1 hit each.
The Warriors defeated Garret Memorial, 7-1. Paul Nix was the winning pitcher with 9 strikeouts. Leopard had a double and single, with 3 RBI and 3 stolen bases. Jakob Martin and Miller had 1 hit each.