Gamblers, Bearden, TAMU players eliminated from NSCL playoffs

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Former Baylor and Arkansas High standout Brent Bearden, left, was in Hot Springs Saturday to watch his son Brock play in the Natural State Collegiate League playoffs. Brock, a Pleasant Grove graduate, now plays for Crowder College.


HOT SPRINGS, Ar. — Texarkana native Brock Bearden and his Gamblers teammates didn’t have a lot of fun Saturday during the second day of the Natural State Collegiate League playoffs.

The second-seeded Gamblers came in as the hottest team, but lost two straight to the Blues and top-seeded Jockeys at Majestic Park.

Texas A&M-Texarkana’s Pudge Carlisle, left, and Gabe Baker played for the Gamblers with Eagles’ coach Steve Jones in the stands.

Bathers alive thanks to no-hitter

In earlier action Murray State southpaw Thomas McNabb and Southern Arkansas’ Jackson Regan combined on a no-hitter to lead the Bathers in an elimination game with the Arlingtons. McNabb pitched six innings of hitless ball with 10 strikeouts. Regan struck out two in the seventh.

The Bootleggers remained unbeaten in the tournament by upsetting the Jockeys.

Bearden, was red-shirted at Crowder College this past spring, recovering from shoulder surgery. Two of his teammates Saturday were Texas A&M-Texarkana’s Gabe Baker and Pudge Carlisle.


Sunday’s semifinals feature the Bootleggers (8-8) against the Blues (9-7) at 10 a.m. SAU’s Brayden Sites and Stetson Bishop play for the Bootleggers. Malcolm Brown of Redwater pitches for the Blues. The Jockeys (11-5) and Bathers (6-10-1) collide in the other semifinal.

The championship game is set for 3 p.m.