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WR defeats Pocahontas, Cave City

Walnut Ridge's Michael Bounds slides safely into third base during the Bobcats' comeback 9-8 victory over Pocahontas on March 20.
TD Photo ~ Ashley George

The Walnut Ridge Bobcat baseball team hosted Pocahontas and Cave City in a doubleheader at Stewart Park on March 20. The Bobcats came away with a pair of one-run victories, defeating the Redskins 9-8 and the Cavemen 2-1.

Pocahontas

Pocahontas scored four runs in each of the first two innings for an early 8-0 lead. Walnut Ridge began to chip with away a run in the bottom of the third inning. The Cats added three runs in the fourth inning to make the score 8-4, and plated three more runs in the fifth inning to close to within one run, 8-7.

Trailing by a run in the bottom of the sixth, Weir reached base on a bunt single and stole second base. Phillips bunted and a throwing error allowed Will Weir to score and Colin Phillips to reach second base. After Chaz Burgin sacrificed Phillips to third, Cade Burris singled, bringing Phillips home with the go-ahead run.

Phillips took to the mound in the top of the seventh and struck out the side to preserve the victory.

Offensively, for the Bobcats, Kai Cunningham went 2-for-3, with three RBIs. Burris went 2-for-4, with an RBI and scored a run. Weir went 1-for-4, with an RBI and scored a run. Phillips finished with an RBI and scored two runs. Burgin scored two runs, and Kolton Oglesby scored one run. Chase Baker went 1-for-3, with an RBI and scored two runs, and Matthew Shaw drove in a run.

Drew Flippo was the starting pitcher and allowed seven earned runs on six hits, with two strikeouts, in three-and-one-third innings of work. Nash Gill pitched two-and-two-thirds innings and recorded three strikeouts to earn the win. Phillips pitched the seventh inning to earn the save.

Cave City

Later in the day, the Bobcats found themselves in another tight game against the Cave City Cavemen.

Cave City scored in the top of the second inning and held a 1-0 lead until the Cats came to bat in the bottom of the fourth.

Shaw opened the fourth with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice by Michael Bounds. Baker drew a walk to give Walnut Ridge runners on first and second. Flippo followed with a single, sending Shaw to third. Baker was thrown out at second. With Cunningham at the plate, a throwing error by the Cavemen allowed Shaw to score the tying run, while Flippo advanced to second. Flippo then moved to third on a passed ball to Cunningham. With Weir batting, another passed ball allowed Flippo to score the go-ahead run.

Bobcat pitching shut out the Cavemen over the final three innings to make the 2-1 lead hold up.

Phillips started on the mound and went six-and-two-thirds innings. He allowed one earned run on eight hits, while striking out seven. Bounds came on in the seventh and got the final out with Cavemen runners on second and third base.

At the plate, Flippo went 2-for-3, and scored a run. Shaw was 1-for-3 and scored a run.

Cats compete
in tourney

The Bobcats traveled to southern Arkansas to compete in the Magnolia Spring Break Tournament at the end of last week. The Bobcats went 0-3 on the trip, dropping games to Magnolia, Warren and Taylor.

Magnolia

Walnut Ridge squared off against the host Magnolia Panthers on Thursday. The Panthers scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning and four in the third to take a 6-0 lead. Magnolia then erupted for eight runs in the fourth inning to increase the advantage to 14-0.

Walnut Ridge scored twice in the top of the fifth inning on an RBI single by Will Weir and a sacrifice fly from Phillips to make the score 14-2, but it wasn't enough to keep game from being ended due to the run rule.

Weir finished 2-for-3 at the plate, with an RBI. Cunningham went 1-for-2 and scored a run. Oglesby scored a run, and Phillips had an RBI.

Cunningham started on the mound and allowed seven earned runs on 13 hits in three-and two-thirds innings of work. He recorded three strikeouts. Gill pitched one-third of an inning in relief.

Warren

Walnut Ridge fell to the Fightin' Lumberjacks of Warren 6-5 on Friday.

The Bobcats led 2-1 after one inning, but the Lumberjacks struck for three runs in the top of the second to take a 4-2 lead. Each team added a run in the third inning to make the score 5-3. Warren added a run in the fourth inning for a 6-3 lead, but the Cats answered with two runs in the bottom of the fourth to close the gap to 6-5. Neither team would cross the plate in the final three innings as Warren held on for the 6-5 victory.

Phillips went 2-for-4, with an RBI and scored a run. Weir went 2-for-3, including a triple, and scored two runs. Baker went 1-for-2, with an RBI and scored two runs. Bounds had a double and an RBI, and Shaw had a hit and drove in a run. Flippo and Burris each had a hit.

Bounds pitched a complete game, giving up six earned runs on 11 hits and had four strikeouts.

Taylor

A six-run third inning propelled the Taylor Tigers to a 7-3 win over Walnut Ridge on Saturday at Magnolia.

Taylor scored in the top of the first inning to take an early 1-0 lead. Walnut Ridge got RBI singles from Drew Flippo and Weir in the bottom of the second and plated three runs to move into a 3-1 lead.

Taylor took the lead for good with six runs in the top of the third. The Tigers' big inning was aided by four Bobcat defensive errors.

Neither team scored for the remainder of the game.

For Walnut Ridge, Flippo went 2-for-2, with an RBI and scored a run. Weir was 2-for-4, with an RBI. Baker and Burris each had a hit, while Bounds and Cunningham each scored a run.

Phillips started for the Bobcats and pitched five innings. He allowed just two earned runs on three hits, while striking out two. Gill pitched the final two innings and gave up two hits.

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