April 13, 2011 EditionAlso in this issue...
WR falls to Marked
Bobcat Payton Poole connects with a Westside pitch during Junior Varsity action on Thursday at Stewart Park.
The Marked Tree Indians handed Walnut Ridge their first two conference losses of the season in a double-header sweep of the Bobcats on Friday at Marked Tree.
The Indians won the opener 8-7 in eight innings before taking the second game 10-6.
In the first game, Walnut Ridge scored four runs in the second inning, keyed by a two-run double by Teague Phillips. The Bobcats added two runs in the top of the third to take a 6-0 lead before Marked Tree struck for six runs in the bottom of the inning to tie the contest at 6-6.
The Indians jumped in front 7-6 with a run in the fourth inning. Walnut Ridge tied the game 7-7 in the sixth inning on a hit by Tyler Dickson.
The game remained tied until the bottom of the eighth inning when Marked Tree loaded the bases and scored the winning run on a hit by Jagger McCrary.
Cole Hicks and Payton Poole each finished with two hits for the Bobcats.
Marked Tree's Eric Cotrell kept Walnut Ridge off the scoreboard for the first four innings, as the Indians built an early lead.
The Bobcats' bats warmed up late against Cotrell, scoring twice in the fifth inning, three times in the sixth and once in the seventh, but couldn't overtake the Indians.
Cotrell pitched a complete game on two days rest, allowing six runs on 10 hits, while striking out eight.
For Walnut Ridge, Eric Wilcoxson went 3-for-5 at the plate, with two RBIs, and Hicks was 2-for-4.
The losses left the Bobcats 7-2 in 2A-3 league play and 12-6 overall.
Walnut Ridge shut out the Maynard Tigers 12-0 on Thursday at Stewart Park.
The Cats scored three runs in the first inning, one in the second, four in the third and four in the fourth, while holding the Tigers scoreless, to end the game via the run rule.
Baron Estes allowed the Tigers just one hit in the five-inning game to earn his first career victory. He also recorded nine strikeouts and two walks.
Offensively, Payton Poole had two hits, including a solo home run, and two RBIs. Clay Hufstedler had a pair of doubles and two RBIs. Chris Dickson and Zach Carson also had two hits apiece for the Cats.
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