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Bobcats are district champs



Walnut Ridge's Colin Phillips slides into second base during the district finals. The Bobcats won the title by defeating Tuckerman 13-3 in the championship game of the tournament, which was held at Walnut Ridge.
TD Photo ~ Ashley George

The Walnut Ridge Bobcats scored seven runs in the fourth inning to break open a tight game and went on to defeat Tuckerman 13-3 in the championship game of the 2A-2 District Baseball Tournament Saturday at Walnut Ridge.

Walnut Ridge scored single runs in the first two innings to take an early 2-0 lead, but the Bulldogs pushed across three runs in the top of the third inning to move in front 3-2. Walnut Ridge regained the lead at 4-3 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third.

The Bobcats pulled away with a seven-run fourth inning to stretch the lead to 11-3. Walnut Ridge scored twice in the bottom of the fifth inning to end the game due to the run rule.

Layne Ditto went 3-for-3 with an RBI and scored four runs. Lane Kennedy and Drake Smith each went 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Luke Wall had two hits and two RBIs. Weir finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and scored three runs. Drake Smelser had a hit and an RBI, and Colin Phillips scored two runs. Chase Baker had a hit, and Michael Bounds scored a run.

Ditto pitched a five-inning complete game. He allowed one earned run on four hits, with six strikeouts.

Midland

Earlier on Saturday, Weir hurled a two-hit shutout as the Bobcats defeated the Midland Mustangs 9-0 in the tournament semifinals. Weir struck out nine batters.

Walnut Ridge scored three runs in the first inning, five in the fourth and one in the sixth.

Weir also led the Cats at the plate, going 3-for-5 with an RBI and scoring two runs. Smelser added a hit and two RBIs. Smith and Ditto each had a hit and scored a run. Phillips finished with a hit, an RBI and scored a run. Cash Lee and Wall added RBIs, and Baker scored a run.

S-H - Tuckerman

Tuckerman defeated the Sloan-Hendrix Greyhounds 9-6 in the first round of the district tournament on Thursday.

Trailing 9-0, the Greyhounds battled back with six runs in the fourth inning, but couldn't overcome the early deficit.

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