Around the Diamond

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Updated: March 9, 2018

The Ashdown Panthers defeated the Arkansas High Razorbacks, 4-3, Saturday to win the 3rd annual Dugan Ward Memorial Tournament championship. Member of the team are (in no particular order): Bradley Bearden, Cole Smith, Alex Day, Nick Karenbelas, Ben Birtcher, Logan Henry, Jaden Hill, Cody Flowers, Cole Spigner, Casey Teehee, Blake Ritter, Will Burnett, Drake Earnest, Andrew Johnson, Braylon Bishop, Kain McWhorter, Brent Davis, Caden Hinton, Tate Hooper, Javon Allen, Seth Reed, Carter Day, Morgan Miller, Rhys Parker, Josh Ripley, Cole Sallade, Brett Bond and Josh Linnett. Team managers are Cameron Ricks, Addison Cross, Dawson Hearn, Jaxon Jester, Alex Kielbach, Derek Hilton and Marty Lansdell. The team is coached by head coach Chuck Cross and assistant coaches Trad Williams, Justin Porter and Beau Tillery. — Photo courtesy of Molly Cross

By Quinton Bagley

Little River News

Spring is here and Little River County is abuzz as baseball, softball and track season get underway. The Ashdown Panther baseball and softball teams have already played five games each while the Foreman Gator baseball team has three games under its belt. The Foreman Lady Gators opened their season on Tuesday night. No score or stats were available for that game.

Baseball

The Ashdown Panthers have started the season on roll winning their first five contests.

Ashdown started the season on February 26, with a 9-2 win over Queen City.

At the plate, Braylon Bishop was 1-of-3 with a run and a walk. Alex Day was 1-of-3 with a double, two RBI and a walk. Will Burnett scored a run. Andrew Johnson was 1-for-1 with three runs scored. Jaden Hill was 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and a walk. Brett Bond had a RBI. Cody Flowers was 2-for-3 with a double, a triple and two RBI. Bradley Bearden was 3-for-3 with two RBI. Blake Ritter was 1-for-3 with a double and a RBI.

On the mound, Bearden pitched two innings. He allowed no runs on three hits. He struck out three and walked one. Bond pitched 2.1 innings. He allowed one run on one hit. He walked three and struck out two. Flowers pitched the final 2.2 innings. He allowed one run, struck out two and walked one.

On Friday, March 2, the Panthers opened the 3rd annual Dugan Ward Memorial Tournament with a 4-0 win over Junction City.

Bishop walked twice. Day was 2-for-4. Tate Hooper scored two runs. Logan Henry walked and scored a run. Hill was 1-for-3 with a RBI. Bond was 1-for-3. Bearden had an RBI and Birtcher scored a run.

On the mound, Bearden went the distance. He allowed no runs on five hits in six innings. He struck out two.

On Saturday, March 3, Ashdown defeated Hamburg 11-5 in the semifinals of the Dugan Ward Memorial Tournament.

At the plate, Bishop was 1-for-4 with a run and a RBI. Hooper scored two runs. Henry scored two runs and had an RBI. Hill was 2-for-2 with a home run, two runs scored two RBI and a walk. Bond was 2-for-3 with two RBI and a walk. Flowers was 1-for-2 with a RBI and a walk. Ritter was 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Birtcher was 1-for-3 with two runs and a walk.

On the mound, Ritter pitched the first 1.2 innings. He allowed four runs on three hits. He struck out one and walked three. Flowers got the win pitching the final 3.1 innings. He allowed one run and no hits. He struck out four and walked two.

In Saturday’s second game, the championship game, the Panthers defeated Arkansas High 4-3.

At the plate, Bishop was 2-for-4 with two runs and a RBI. Day walked. Henry was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Hill was 1-for-2 with a RBI and a walk. Ritter was 1-for-2 with a double, a run scored and a walk. Birtcher was 1-for-3 with a run.

On the mound, Bond pitched the first 5.1 innings. He allowed four runs on three hits. He struck out one and walked three. Flowers closed out the game by getting the final two outs. He allowed one run on no hits. He walked two.

On Monday, Ashdown defeated Fouke, 13-12, to move to 5-0 on the season.

At the plate, Bishop was 3-for-5 with a double, a run and four RBI. Day was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI. Henry was 2-for-3 with a run. Burnett scored a run. Hill was 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and three RBI. Bond was 1-for-4 with a run. Bearden scored a run. Ritter scored two runs and had a RBI. Birtcher was 3-for-4 with two doubles, three runs scored and two RBI.

Fortunes have not been as favorable for the Foreman Gators as they have opened the season 0-3. Despite the slow start, spirits are still high in Gator country as all three losses came against teams with a history of greatness on the diamond.

The Gators opened the season on Monday, Feb. 26, with a 12-6 loss to De Queen.

At the plate, Chase Boyd walked twice. Shamar Kemp scored a run. Chase Gross walked three times. Darian Groves walked once. Braiden McKinnwey scored a run. Trevor Casper walked twice and scored a run. Cord Turner walked once and scored a run. Kaleb Smith walked, scored a run and had a RBI. Conner Bates walked and scored and run.

On the mound, Chase Gross pitched the first four innings. He allowed seven runs on two hits. He walked five and struck out five. Chance Gross pitched the final two innings. He allowed five runs on two hits. He walked seven and struck out two.

On Friday, March 2, Foreman opened the 3rd annual Dugan Ward Memorial Tournament with a 9-8 loss to Hamburg.

At the plate, Chase Gross was 2-for-4 with a run and a RBI. Chase Boyd was 1-for-3 with two runs and a walk. Groves was 1-for-4 with a run and two RBI. Chance Gross was 1-for-3 with a run and a walk. Casper walked, scored a run and had a RBI. CJ Green and McKinney each walked. Smith was 1-for-3 with two runs and a walk.

On the mound, Chase Boyd went the first four innings. He allowed five runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out one. Chase Gross pitched the last two innings. He allowed four runs on four hits. He walked one and struck out three.

On Saturday, the Gators lost to Junction City, 14-3.

At the plate, Chase Gross walked and scored a run. Chase Boyd was 1-for-3 with a run. Groves walked twice and scored a run. Chance Gross was 1-for-3 with a RBI. Green was 1-for-2 with two RBI. Turner and Smith walked.

On the mound, Turner went the first 1.1 innings. He allowed seven runs on four hits. He walked seven and struck out two. Casper pitched the final 3.2 innings. He allowed seven runs on four hits. He walked three and struck out four.

Softball

The Ashdown Panther softball team has found some success early this season winning three of its first five games under new coach Bradley Day.

Ashdown opened the season on Monday, February 26, with an 18-4 win over Hope.

At the plate, Brooklynn Smith walked once and scored four runs. Lannah Huddleston was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, two RBI and a walk. Blaire Gentry scored a run. Angelina McGinn was 1-for-2 with a double, a run and three RBI. Makhia Cook was 1-for-4 with two runs. Keely Turner walked, scored a run and had an RBI. Brittany Johnson was 1-for-2 with a double, three runs scored and a walk. Mackenzie White scored a run. Kara Earnest was 1-for-3 with three runs scored and a RBI.

On the mound, Huddleston pitched the first four innings. She allowed four runs on six hits. She walked two and struck out three. McGinn pitched the last two innings. She allowed no runs on four hits. She struck out three.

On Thursday, March 1, the Panthers defeated Avery 11-2.

At the plate, Smith was 1-for-3 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBI. Huddleston walked three times, scored three runs and had three RBI. Gentry was 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Cook was 1-for-4 with a run. Sydney Hurd was 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and a RBI. Earnest scored a run. Turner was 1-for-2 with two runs and a walk.

On the mound, Huddleston allowed two runs on three hits in three innings. She walked three and struck out two. Gentry pitched the final four innings. She allowed no runs on one hit. She walked three and struck out three.

Ashdown opened the Ashdown Invitational on Saturday with a 10-0 loss to Glen Rose.

At the plate, Jukarra Greenlee was 1-for-3. Aleya Hill was 2-for-2. Smith was 1-for-1 and Cook was 1-for-2.

On the mound, Huddleston went the first 4.1 innings. She allowed eight runs on six hits. She walked two, struck out one and gave up two home runs. McGinn finished the game allowing two runs on three hits.

In the second game on Saturday, the Panthers lost to Horatio, 12-2.

At the plate, Hill walked and scored a run. Smith was 1-for-2 with a run and a walk. Cook was 1-for-2. Huddleston was 1-for-2 with two RBI. McGinn walked. Ernest was 1-for-3.

On the mound, Huddleston pitch just a third of an inning. She allowed seven runs on five hits and gave up a home run. McGinn pitched the remainder of the game. She allowed five runs on eight hits. She walked two and struck out one.

In the final game on Saturday, Ashdown defeated Hope 16-1.

At the plate, Hill walked twice and scored two runs. Johnson had an RBI. Cook scored a run. Kenya Wilson walked and scored a run. Huddleston was 1-for-1 with a run. Ernest scored a run. Gentry was 1-for-1 with a double, a run, two RBI and a walk. Vonjoy Thomas walked and scored a run. Smith was 1-for-2 with two runs and a RBI. Porsha Randle was 1-for-1 with a run, three RBI and two walks. Greenlee scored a run. Vonee Thomas was 2-for-2 with two runs scored, an RBI and a walk. Turner walked and scored two runs.

On the mound, Huddleston allowed one run on one hit in two innings. She walked one and struck out one. McGinn pitched the final inning. She allowed no runs and no walk.