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Cameron Durham pitches in Hillcrest's 11-0 victory over Izard County Consolidated on April 7 in Brockwell. Teammate Aaron Helms is ready in left field.
Submitted Photo ~ Marla Helms

Nathan Hibbard
Staff Writer

Local high school baseball and softball results from last week included:

Friday
Hoxie ~ Manila baseball

The Manila Lions defeated Hoxie 13-8 in 3A-3 Conference baseball action Friday at Manila.

Wesley Wright, Dylan Littlejohn and Gunner Cook each had doubles for the Mustangs.

Thursday
Hoxie ~ Corning softball

Corning's Lady Bobcats swept a softball doubleheader from the Hoxie Lady Mustangs by scores of 26-0 and 9-5 Thursday at Corning.

Hillcrest ~ Norfork baseball

Hillcrest blanked the Norfork Panthers 10-0 in 1A-2 North baseball action on Thursday.

The Screamin' Eagles led 3-0 after scoring one run in the first inning and two runs in the third. Hillcrest broke the game open with six runs in the fourth inning and added an insurance run in the sixth.

Cameron Durham and Dyllan Nunnally each had three hits, and Brad Nunnally added two hits. Tyson Durham drove in three runs, while Brad Nunnally and Dyllan Nunnally each had two RBIs.

Dyllan Nunnally pitched all six innings and recorded four strikeouts.

Wednesday, April 8
WR ~ Salem baseball

The Walnut Ridge Bobcats remained undefeated in 2A-2 Conference play with a 9-4 win over the Salem Greyhounds on April 8 at Walnut Ridge.

Lane Kennedy went 3-for-4 at the plate for Walnut Ridge, including an RBI. Will Weir, Layne Ditto and Drake Smith each added two hits.

Smith was the winning pitcher. He allowed two runs on two hits, while recording 10 strikeouts, in five innings of work.

Tuesday, April 7
WR ~ Midland softball

The Midland Lady Mustangs swept a softball doubleheader from Walnut Ridge by scores of 3-2 and 9-0 on April 7 at Pleasant Plains.

In the first game, Lady Bobcat Baylee Haskins had a no-hitter through five innings. Midland scored the winning run on a double in the sixth inning.

Offensively for Walnut Ridge, Whitney Rider went 2-for-2, with a triple and two RBIs. Baylee Burris also went 2-for-2.

The second game was scoreless until Midland erupted for eight runs in the fourth inning.

Hannah Doane and Burris each went 2-for-2 at the plate for Walnut Ridge.

Hillcrest ~ ICC baseball

Cameron Durham stuck out 13 batters while pitching a complete no-hitter in the Screamin' Eagles 11-0 shutout against Izard County Consolidated in Brockwell.

Hillcrest scored single runs in each of the first two innings, and closed the game with four runs in the sixth inning and five in the seventh.

Aaron Helms, Ethan Ballard and Cameron Durham each had two hits for Hillcrest. Walker Morgan led the Eagles with three RBIs. Brad Nunnally finished with two RBIs, and Cameron Durham had one RBI.

Monday, April 6
WR ~ Midland baseball

Walnut Ridge swept a doubleheader from the Midland Mustangs in 2A-2 Conference play on April 6 at Pleasant Plains. The Bobcats won the first game 17-2 and took the nightcap 18-3.

In the first game, Ditto batted 4-for-4 and scored four runs. Luke Wall and Drake Smelser each had two hits and three RBIs. Cash Lee had two hits, including a three-run home run.

Ditto was the winning pitcher. He allowed five hits and registered nine strikeouts.

The Bobcats continued to swing hot bats in the second game, as Kennedy and Smelser each smashed homers. Kennedy finished with two hits and three RBIs. Collin Phillips, Smith and Weir each finished with two hits and two RBIs.

WR ~ Salem softball

Walnut Ridge faced Salem in a 2A-2 Conference matchup played at Williams Baptist College.

The contest was tied 3-3 heading into the fourth inning, when the Lady Greyhounds scored three runs to take a 6-3 lead. Salem added one run in the top of the fifth inning to stretch the lead to 7-3. Walnut Ridge closed the gap to 7-5 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth.

After a scoreless sixth inning, Salem added three runs in the top of the seventh to make the score 10-5. The Lady Cats managed one run in the bottom of the seventh to make the final score 10-6.

Tuesday, March 31
Hillcrest ~ Calico Rock baseball

Cameron Durham tossed a no-hitter as the Hillcrest Screamin' Eagles defeated Calico Rock 10-0 on March 31.

Durham finished with 10 strikeouts in the five-inning contest.

Hillcrest put the game away early, scoring seven runs in the first inning. They added one run in the second inning and two in fifth to close out the scoring.

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