PEARCY, Ar. — Luke Paxton and Ryan Wardlaw banged out three hits each, enabling Arkansas High to retain its one-game lead in 5A South with a dominating 9-1 victory over a young Lake Hamilton squad, 9-1.
Senior Ty Waid was the winning pitcher for the Razorbacks. In six innings Waid allowed two hits, walked two, hit three and struck out seven.
“We’ll take a win anyway we can get it in conference,” said Arkansas High’s first-year coach Trent Wilson. “I’m really proud of our kids, the way they played today. I’m concerned about the four errors, but that’s something we’ll work on and we will get better. Every win is big, we expect to play well every game.”
Arkansas High put the game out of reach in the sixth inning with four runs.
Paxton ignites Hogs’ offense
Paxton lined a triple down the left field line with one out. He score on Wardlaw’s first hit. Wardlaw scored later to make it 2-0 and the Hogs never trailed.
The Wolves scored their only run in the first. Junior Easton Hurley reached on the first of four Arkansas High errors. He scored later on a wild pitch.
AHS is now 13-3 0verall and 8-1 in conference. The Wolves slip to 6-10 and 3-7, respectively.
In other 5A South play Friday, Hot Springs beat Parkview in a non-conference game, 16-1. El Dorado was at Benton, which is currently in second place. Sheridan was at Pine Bluff, and Lakeside won at White Hall, 6-4.