May 7, 2014 Edition

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Bobcats are district champions

Nathan Hibbard
Staff Writer

The Walnut Ridge Bobcats defeated Cedar Ridge 7-1 in finals of the 2A-2 District Baseball Tournament at Tuckerman on Saturday. The Bobcats now head to the 2A North Regional Tournament, scheduled to begin on Friday at Lepanto.

The Sloan-Hendrix Greyhounds, who entered the tournament as the eighth seed, earned a pair of victories in the district tournament to also advance to the regional.

WR - Cedar Ridge

Lane Kennedy had three hits in the Bobcats' 7-1 win over Cedar Ridge in the championship game.

Walnut Ridge scored two runs in the first and second innings, two in the fifth and one in the sixth. The Timberwolves' only score came in the fourth inning.

Kennedy finished 3-for-4 with an RBI and scored a run. Martin Crisler and Layne Ditto each had a hit and an RBI. Cash Lee had a hit and scored two runs. Drake Smith had a hit and scored a run. Cole Hicks scored two runs, and Will Weir added a run.

Ditto pitched all seven innings, allowing one run on just two hits, while striking out five.

WR - S-H

Earlier on Saturday, Walnut Ridge erupted for 11 runs in the first inning and added six more in the second inning en route to a 20-1 win over Sloan-Hendrix in a semifinal contest.

For Walnut Ridge, Hicks had three hits, three RBIs and scored two runs, and Drake Smelser had three hits and one RBI. Lee had a hit, two RBIs and scored three runs. Crisler had two hits, two RBIs and scored two runs. Drake Berry added a hit and scored a run, and Michael Bounds scored two runs.

Will Spargo finished with a hit and scored a run. Ditto had a hit, two RBIs and scored two runs, and Weir also scored twice. Baron Estes had two hits, one RBI and scored two runs, and Chase Baker drove in a run. Kennedy had two hits, two RBIs and scored a run.

Estes pitched a complete game and surrendered just one hit, while recording 10 strikeouts.

S-H - Pangburn

Sloan-Hendrix advanced to the semifinals and clinched a spot in the regional tournament with a 6-2 win over Pangburn in second-round action on Friday.

Trent Milgrim tossed a complete game for the Greyhounds, allowing just one earned run, while striking out four.

Offensively for the Hounds, Colton Dail had two hits, and Milgrim added a double.

S-H - Cotter

The Greyhounds opened the tournament by eking out a 5-4 win over Cotter on Thursday.

Zac Taylor went 3-for-3 with two RBIs. Colby Johnson went 2-for-3 with an RBI, and Milgrim had a triple and an RBI.

Eric Hill went the distance on the mound for Sloan-Hendrix, allowing four runs on six hits, while striking out seven batters.

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