March 26, 2014 Edition

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WR baseball has busy week

Walnut Ridge's Will Weir prepares to throw a pitch during the Bobcats' 9-6 win over Cedar Ridge on Thursday. TD Photo ~ Ashley George
Nathan Hibbard
Staff Writer

The Walnut Ridge Bobcat baseball team traveled to Little Rock Saturday to take part in Rumble at the Rock. Walnut Ridge split two contests, defeating Horatio and falling to Woodlawn.


The Bobcats used a four-run second inning to break a 1-1 tie en route to a 5-2 win.

Will Weir led Walnut Ridge at the plate, going 3-for-4 and scoring two runs. Baron Estes was 2-for-3, with an RBI. Aaron Preston and Cole Hicks each had a hit and scored a run. Lane Kennedy had a hit and an RBI. Layne Ditto had an RBI and Cash Lee scored a run.

Weir allowed two runs on three hits and recorded five strikeouts in six innings to earn the pitching win. Ditto pitched one inning and had one strikeout.


The Bobcats' bats were held in check during a 14-0 loss to Woodlawn. A single by Weir was the Cats' only hit in the game.

Luke Wall pitched one inning and surrendered five earned runs on three hits and struck out one batter. Kennedy pitched three innings and allowed four earned runs on nine hits and had three strikeouts.

Earlier in the week, Walnut Ridge picked up a pair of hard-earned victories against 2A-2 Conference opponents Cedar Ridge and White County Central.

Cedar Ridge

The Cedar Ridge Timberwolves jumped on the Bobcats with five runs in the first inning on Thursday at Stewart Park. Walnut Ridge scored three runs in the second inning and tied the game with two runs in the third.

Cole Hicks blasted a two-run homer in the fourth inning to give the Cats a 7-5 lead. Cedar Ridge made it 7-6 with a run in the top of the sixth. The Cats answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning to stretch the lead to 9-6 and held the Timberwolves scoreless in the top of the seventh to close out the game.

Hicks finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs and scored two run. Estes went 2-for-4 with an RBI and scored a run. Kennedy had a hit, an RBI and scored a run. Lee had a hit and an RBI. Treyton Johnson had a hit and scored a run. Ditto and Weir each scored two runs, and Drake Smelser had an RBI.

Estes started on the mound and allowed five runs on three hits, while striking out five batters in four innings. Weir came on in the fourth inning and held the Timberwolves to one run in the final three frames to pick up the win.

White County Central

Johnson provided some late-inning heroics to lift Walnut Ridge to a 4-2 win over the WCC Bears on March 18.

The game was scoreless until WCC took the lead with a run in the top of the fourth inning. The Bobcats finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth. Johnson singled and took third on a fielding error. The throw from the centerfielder bounced over the fence behind third base, allowing Johnson to score the tying run.

The Bears took a 2-1 lead with a run in the top of the seventh inning.

With two outs and runners on second and third, Johnson delivered a double down the right field line to drive home the winning runs.

For the game, Johnson batted 3-for-3 with two RBIs and scored two runs. Lee added a hit and an RBI, and Michael Bounds scored a run. Weir, Estes and Kennedy each had one hit.

Ditto earned the complete-game victory, allowing two runs on three hits while registering nine strikeouts.

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