May 9, 2012 Edition

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Hillcrest boys advance to state

Hillcrest's Cray Howard, a senior, slides into third base safely Friday afternoon in Region 2 Tournament action against Calico Rock. The Screamin' Eagles won the first-round game 11-1.
Submitted Photo ~ Marla Helms
Nathan Hibbard
Staff Writer

The Hillcrest Screamin' Eagles baseball team clinched a berth in the 1A State Tournament with an 11-1 victory over Calico Rock in the first round of the 1A Region 2 Tournament on Friday at Brockwell.

After a scoreless first inning, Hillcrest took a 1-0 lead with a run in the bottom of the second. The Eagles stretched their advantage to 4-0 with three runs in the third inning.

Calico Rock scored their only run in the fourth inning to close to within 4-1. The Hillcrest defense prevented the Pirates from plating any additional runs by ending the inning with a triple play.

The Screamin' Eagles then broke the game open with a six-run fourth inning for a 10-1 lead. After the Pirates failed to score in the top of the fifth inning, a Hillcrest run in the bottom of the inning ended the game due to the run rule.

Tyler Parker earned the complete game victory, allowing only one unearned run while notching eight strikeouts.

Offensively for the Eagles, Parker batted 1-for-3 with three RBIs and scored a run. Clint Durham went 2-for-2 and scored three runs. Cameron Durham was 1-for-1 with an RBI and scored two runs. Colman Evans and Brad Nunnally each had a hit and drove in a pair of runs. Zach Doyle had a hit and an RBI. Cray Howard drove in a run and scored twice.

S-H - Viola

In other first-round action, the Sloan-Hendrix Greyhounds saw their season end with a 10-3 loss to the Viola Longhorns on Friday.

The Greyhounds led 3-2 until Viola scored three runs in the bottom of the third inning for a 5-3 advantage. The Longhorns added a run in the fourth inning and four in the fifth.

For Sloan-Hendrix, Jordan Johnson had two hits and an RBI, and Chris Taylor drove in a pair of runs. Dylan Newell had a hit and scored a run. Andrew Young, Eric Hill and Toby Lee each had one hit.

Young started on the mound and allowed eight runs on 12 hits and recorded four strikeouts. Zeb Gibson pitched one hitless inning in relief.

Hillcrest - Viola

Viola scored six runs in the first inning en route to defeating Hillcrest 17-7 in the second round of the regional tournament on Saturday.

The Longhorns added four runs in third inning to lead 10-2. The Eagles used a five-run fourth to close to within 10-7, but Viola added two runs in the bottom of the inning to increase their lead to 12-7. The Longhorns then scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to end the contest due to the run rule.

Cameron Durham led Hillcrest at the plate, going 3-for-3 with two RBIs and scoring two runs. Hunter Nunnally had a hit, an RBI and scored a run. Zach Doyle had a hit and scored a run. Howard and Brandon Scott each added a hit. Brad Nunnally, Jeremiah Turner and Clint Durham each scored a run.

Hunter Nunnally started on the mound and allowed 13 runs on nine hits and had four strikeouts. Cameron Durham pitched the final inning and allowed four runs on one hit.

Hillcrest - ICC

Following their loss to Viola, Hillcrest played host Izard County Consolidated in the third-place game on Monday.

The Screamin' Eagles managed only three hits in a 2-0 loss to the Cougars.

Parker had two of Hillcrest's hits, and Howard had one hit.

Hunter Nunnally pitched well in the loss. He allowed just two runs (both unearned) on five hits while registering 13 strikeouts.

Hillcrest advances to the 1A state tournament at Taylor. The Eagles will play on Thursday at noon.

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