Legion Razorbacks salvage split with impressive win over El Dorado at Joe Blagg Field

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Tyler Junior College baseball player Peyton Lewis drove home four runs in Texarkana's 11-4 win over El Dorado Sunday at Joe Blagg Field.

 

Sheridan’s 15-year-old Evan Ward spoiled the Texarkana Razorbacks Sunday afternoon at Joe Blagg Field.

Earlier Sunday the American Legion Razorbacks scored an impressive 11-4 win over El Dorado. However, that celebration didn’t last long with Sheridan’s junior team beating Texarkana’s senior squad, 6-1. Ward limited the Razorbacks’ veteran lineup to three hits.

The Hogs’ performance against the younger Yellowjackets was ugly at best. Five Texarkana pitchers combined on a three-hitter, but there were eight walks and seven wild pitches. The Razorbacks’ infield also committed five errors.

“In the first game we just kept hitting the ball, hitting the ball, and hitting the ball,” said Razorback manager Matt Riddle. “I’m not sure what happened in the second game.”

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Drake Fontenot, who will play at the University of Arkansas Rich Mountain this fall, started on the mound for Texarkana Sunday at Joe Blagg Field.

Carver shines for Hogs at Joe Blagg Field

The win over El Dorado featured a brilliant pitching effort by De Queen native Mack Carver in relief of starter Drake Fontenot. Carver suffered from Diabetes 1, and recently had to leave Ecclesia College in Springdale after losing 40 pounds.

El Dorado (8-5) rallied for four runs in the third inning to erase an early 4-0 Razorback lead. Peyton Lewis doubled to the leftfield corner to drive in three runs. He scored on Colby Brooks’ single to left.

The Oilers tied the score in their half of the third on hits by Baylor Brumley and Jake Eubanks. That’s when Carver entered and escaped further damage with a 1-6-3 doubleplay.

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El Dorado’s Gabe Richard (16) bats in second inning of Sunday’s American Legion game at Joe Blagg Field.

Razorbacks score seven in third inning

Texarkana (10-6) answered in the bottom of the third with seven runs. A hit batsman, and infield error set up a run-scoring single by Lewis. Two walks later Lewis stole home on a triple-steal. Brooks’ second hit made it 6-4. Tyler Lee scored on an error, and two more walks forced home a run. Gabe Parker stole home for the final run of the game.

“I love to run, and it’s hard not to run with this team’s speed,” said Riddle. “Carver has impressed me more than anything. I was told there was a pitcher I needed to look at. He’s the real deal, it’s just unfortunate he has health issues. Mack is still thirty pounds under his normal weight.”

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In Sunday’s second game, Sheridan’s AA team took advantage of two walks by losing pitcher Bryson Connell to score twice.

The Razorbacks scored their only run off Ward in the bottom of the first. Andrew Robertson singled to left, and eventually scored on Daegan Covington’s infield hit.