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WR records three wins



Bobcat Cash Lee throws the ball to the infield during Walnut Ridge's 14-9 victory over McCrory on Friday at Stewart Park.
TD Photos ~ Ashley George
Nathan Hibbard
Staff Writer

After losing to Cedar Ridge on April 15, the Walnut Ridge Bobcats baseball team regrouped to post three victories later in the week.

McCrory

The Bobcats outslugged the McCrory Jaguars for a 14-9 win on Friday at Stewart Park.

Walnut Ridge broke on top with five runs in the bottom of the second inning, but the Jaguars responded with four runs in the top of the third to cut the Cats' lead to 5-4.

The Bobcats pushed the lead to 9-4 with four runs in the third, only to see McCrory answer with four runs of their own in the top of the fourth to close the gap to 9-8.

Walnut Ridge was finally able to pull away, with four runs in the bottom of the fifth to stretch the lead to 13-8. Each team added a run in the sixth inning before playing a scoreless seventh.

Offensively for the Bobcats, Layne Ditto went 2-for-4 with four RBIs and scored one run, and Lane Kennedy was 1-for-4 with two RBIs. Drake Smith had a hit and scored three runs, while Baron Estes had a hit, an RBI and scored a run.

Drake Smelser batted 2-for-3, and Michael Bounds scored two runs. Cole Hicks and Martin Crisler each had a hit and scored two runs. Will Weir had a hit and scored a run, and Luke Wall drove in a run. Cash Lee had an RBI and scored two runs.

Weir earned the complete-game win on the mound, allowing six runs on eight hits, with two strikeouts.

Tuckerman

Cole Hicks' grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning capped a Walnut Ridge comeback and gave the Bobcats a 9-5 victory over Tuckerman on Thursday at Stewart Park.

Walnut Ridge trailed 5-1 after four innings before tying the game 5-5 with four runs in the bottom of the fifth.

Estes led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a single. Smelser and Kennedy reached on infield hits to bring Hicks to the plate with the bases loaded and no outs. Hicks drove the ball over the left-field fence to end the game.

For the game, Hicks went 2-for-4 with six RBIs and scored a run. Estes went 3-for-4, including a double, and scored two runs. Lee had two hits and scored a run. Ditto went 2-for-4 with an RBI and scored a run. Kennedy had a hit, an RBI and scored a run. Crisler had a hit and scored a run. Bounds and Smelser each scored a run.

Ditto pitched all seven innings, allowing two earned runs on nine hits, with eight strikeouts.

Salem

Walnut Ridge shut out the Salem Greyhounds 9-0 at Salem on April 16.

The Bobcats scored a run in the second inning, three in the third, one in the fourth and four in the fifth.

Kennedy batted 2-for-4 with an RBI and scored a run. Smelser had a double and two RBIs. Weir had a hit, an RBI and scored two runs. Estes had a hit and scored two runs. Lee and Ditto each had a hit and scored a run. Hicks had a hit, an RBI and scored a run, and Bounds scored a run.

Wall pitched the complete-game shutout, giving up just five hits while striking out eight batters.

Cedar Ridge

Walnut Ridge's bats were held in check in a 7-3 loss at Cedar Ridge on April 15.

The Timberwolves scored two runs in the second inning and three in the fourth to take a 5-0 lead. Walnut Ridge got on the scoreboard with a run in the top of the sixth inning, but Cedar Ridge answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame to extend their advantage to 7-1. The Bobcats managed two runs in the seventh inning to set the final score.

Smelser and Estes led Walnut Ridge at the plate. Smelser went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, while Estes went 3-for-3, including a double, with an RBI and scored a run. Ditto and Kennedy each had a hit and scored a run. Weir and Hicks also added singles.

Estes took the loss on the mound, giving up five earned runs on seven hits, and striking out two in six innings of work.

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