April 06, 2011 Edition

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The Walnut Ridge Bobcats are Lawrence County Baseball Tournament champions. Team members include (front, from left): Eric Wilcoxson, Teague Phillips, Darren Tribble, Baron Estes, Clay Hufstedler, Cole Hicks; (back) coach Jason Ward, Chris Dickson, Zach Carson, Payton Poole, Tyler Dickson, Rowdy Ditto and coach Derek Bramlett.
Submitted Photo ~ Debbie Richey

The Hoxie Mustangs finished as runners-up in the Lawrence County Baseball Tournament. Team members include (front, from left): Seth Hart, Tyler Clement, Garrett Hart, Thomas Kingsland, Sean McCoy, Tanner Gregory; (back) Hunter Flippo, Brad Harp, Jacob Defries, Ryan Vaughn, Hayden Defries, Levi Lewis and Zach Crisler.
Submitted Photo ~ Debbie Richey

Bobcats earn county championship

Nathan Hibbard
Staff Writer

The Walnut Ridge Bobcats recorded two shutout victories in winning the 2011 Lawrence County Baseball Tournament on Saturday at Black Rock. The Bobcats defeated Sloan-Hendrix 16-0 in the semifinals, and the Hoxie Mustangs 11-0 in the finals to take the title.

WR - Hoxie

The Bobcats struck early against the Mustangs, plating four runs in the first inning. Cole Hicks led off the inning with a walk, stole second and scored on a double by Eric Wilcoxson, who later scored on a wild pitch. Chris Dickson reached base on an error, and Teague Phillips walked. Tyler Dickson doubled, scoring Chris Dickson and Phillips.

Walnut Ridge added five more runs in the second inning. Hicks started the inning with a double to left center. After Wilcoxson walked, Chris Dickson laid down a bunt for a hit. Hicks and Wilcoxson both scored on a base hit by Tyler Dickson. The next four batters walked, which allowed three runs to score.

Rowdy Ditto started the fourth inning with a single to center. Wilcoxson followed with a two-run homer for the game's final runs.

Wilcoxson led Walnut Ridge at the plate, going 2-for-3, with three RBIs and scoring three runs. Tyler Dickson was 2-for-4, with four RBIs, and Chris Dickson batted 2-for-3.

Phillips picked up the win on the mound, limiting the Mustangs to two hits in five scoreless innings. He struck out three and walked two.

Hunter Flippo and Seth Hart had the Mustangs' hits.

WR - S-H

Chris Dickson tossed a five-inning one-hitter for Walnut Ridge in the Bobcats' semifinal victory over Sloan-Hendrix.

Walnut Ridge scored three runs in the first inning, nine in the second, one in the third and three in the fourth.

Hicks led the Cats' offense, going 3-for-4 and scoring three runs. Zach Carson went 3-for-3, including a solo home run and three RBIs. Phillips had two hits, including a two-run homer in the first inning. Payton Poole and Wilcoxson also added two hits apiece.

Andrew Young had the Greyhounds' only hit.

Hoxie - Hillcrest

Hoxie advanced to the finals with an exciting 6-5 semifinal victory over Hillcrest.

Hillcrest took a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Trevor Morgan singled and scored on an error. Dylan Wooten scored on a sacrifice fly.

Hoxie tied the contest with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning. Hunter Flippo doubled, scoring Hayden Defries, who had singled. Tyler Clement followed with a double, scoring Flippo.

Wooten singled in the third inning and scored on Tyler Parker's two-run homer, giving the Screamin' Eagles a 4-2 lead. Later in the inning, Hunter Nunnally singled and came in to score on a hit by Billy Brannon, extending Hillcrest's lead to 5-3.

The Mustangs' rally began when Thomas Kingsland singled to lead off the fourth inning, and Garrett Hart drew a walk. Both runners came home to score on a defensive error, cutting Hillcrest's lead to 5-4.

In the fifth inning, Hoxie's Seth Hart walked, stole second base and scored on a throwing error when he attempted to steal third, tying the game 5-5. Kingsland followed with a single and scored the winning run on Garrett Hart's base hit.

Clement, Kingsland and Ryan Vaughn each had two hits for the Mustangs, while Hayden Defries, Garrett Hart and Flippo each had a hit.

Seth Hart was the winning pitcher.

Nunnally had a pair of hits for Hillcrest. Morgan, Wooten, Parker and Brannon each had one hit.

Parker took the pitching loss.


Sloan-Hendrix and Black Rock played in the opening game of the tournament on Friday night.

The Greyhounds advanced with a 10-0 win over the Zebras.

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