BENTON, Ark. – Cody Adcock dominated on the mound and contributed three hits at the plate in leading Arkansas High past Mountain Home, 4-2, in first round play of the 5A State Baseball Tournament.
“Cody had an excellent game,” said Razorback coach Layne Berry. “He located all of his pitches, and got ahead in the count. He pretty much dominated. Cody gave up four hits, and one of those came when the outfielder slipped in a muddy spot in the outfield. The outfield conditions were pretty bad from all the rain they had.”
Berry went on to explain tournament officials used a square tarp in the outfield that didn’t cover the foul lines. The infield in Benton is artificial turf.
Mountain Home (22-4), was the top seed from the North, and captured an early 2-1 lead with the help of errors.
Adcock needed 97 pitches to go seven innings. He walked one and struck out 10.
Adcock dominated after third inning
The Razorbacks scored once in the second, and two in the third to claim the lead for good. AHS had the bases loaded in the second with nobody out, but only scored once.
“A lot of times that’s a momentum swing, and the guys can get down on themselves,” said Berry. “We didn’t, the kids kept grinding. In our dugout we felt like it was a 7-0 game.”
Besides Adcock, Graydon Martin and Jackson Harris had two hits each for the Razorbacks. Martin drove in one run, and Harris scored a run. Braylon Bishop and Floyd Hill had one hit each and scored, Hill contributing an RBI. Preston Bunch also had a single.
Junior right-hander Will Gross was Mountain Home’s starting pitcher and loser. He got late relief from Satch Harris. Gross, Luke Dibble, Trace Aungst and Luke Kruse had one hit each for the losing team.
AHS (15-7) advances to play White Hall, a winner over Greenbriar.
“We’re going to start Bishop on the mound,” said Berry. “His last two outings have really been good for us. It’s all hands on deck tomorrow. We’re not worried about the next game. You’ve got to get there first. I like our chances if we get ahead early, and our pitcher throws strikes.”