Preston Bunch may have saved Arkansas High’s baseball season Friday at Razorback Field against Hot Springs Lakeside.
Bunch hit a walk-off single to left, rallying the Razorbacks past Lakeside, 5-4. AHS improves to 14-7 overall and 8-5 in conference, only a half game ahead of Lakeside with one game remaining.
“We’ve mixed up the bottom of our lineup a little bit, and Jadas (Ross) came up big, almost hit another home run,” said Arkansas High coach Layne Berry. “Bunch is a guy we want in his spot, because you can’t rattle that kid. He could really care less if the game is on line, or not. We need more guys like that who don’t give in to pressure.
“We gave Lakeside a chance to get back in the game with two errors. We’ve done this the past few games. I’m just proud of our guys for competing at the plate tonight. Braylon (Bishop) did a great job. There’s a reason he’s going to Arkansas. We’ve got to take care of business next Tuesday at Lake Hamilton.”
Cody Adcock was sailing along with a 3-1 lead going into the seventh when Lakeside scored on two walks, two Razorback errors and one hit. Adcock had to leave after throwing 113 pitches, and Jackson Harris got the win in relief.
Ross led the Razorbacks at the plate with a double and two singles. He scored twice and drove in a run. Braylon Bishop had two hits and walked twice.
Lady Tigers win bi-district crown
LONGVIEW, Texas – Texas High’s softball team spotted Jacksonville three runs in the first inning, then scored 10 unanswered runs of its own for a 10-3 victory in Friday’s Region II-5A bi-district game.
Jordyn Whitaker hit a three-run homer for Jacksonville, but the Lady Tigers’ Lindsey Egger was in control the rest of the night. Egger allowed five hits and struck out 12 to get the win.
The Tigers took command in the second inning on run-scoring hits by Val Perez, Vanessa Perez, Lauren Allred and Kaitlyn Cross.
Bailey Groom homered for Texas High in the fifth. Allred led the Tigers with three hits, with Ashanti Northcross and Groom contributing two hits each.
Lady Hawks shock Bullard
MARSHALL, Texas – Pleasant Grove’s softball team rallied for three runs in the sixth inning Friday to upset District 16-4A champion Bullard, 7-5.
Lexi Snyder was the winning pitcher, scattering eight hits in seven innings. She walked two and struck out six.
Snyder also contributed a triple and run-scoring single. Maddie Horn drove in two runs with a double and single, while Bre Jones plated two more runs with two singles. Kristin Key had a triple, and Kaylee Kelly a double.
The two schools clash against Saturday at noon on the campus of East Texas Baptist University.
Hawks explode late to beat L-E
It took Pleasant Grove more than four innings to really figure out the pitching of Liberty-Eylau’s Ben Witterstaetter.
The game was tied 2-2 in the bottom of the fifth when the Hawks captured a 5-2 lead. They added five more runs in the sixth for a 10-2 victory.
Pleasant Grove finished a perfect 12-0 in District 15-4A, and stands 22-4 overall. It was a costly loss for the Leopards, now tied for second place with Pittsburg and North Lamar.
L-E, Pittsburg and North Lamar will have a playoff Saturday in Pittsburg. The two survivors will play Monday to determine second and third seeding in the playoffs.
Texas High’s losing streak continues
SULPHUR SPRINGS, Texas – Texas High lost its fourth straight game in District 15-5A to fall out of first place after losing to Sulphur Springs, 3-2.
The Tigers will play Whitehouse in bi-district play next week. Details of that playoff are still to be determined.