Beebe right-handed pitcher Angus Denton limited Heber Springs to three hits while the Badgers pounded out 12 hits en route to a 12-1, six-inning run-rule victory over the Panthers on Thursday at Panther Field.
Beebe right-handed pitcher Angus Denton limited Heber Springs to three hits while the Badgers pounded out 12 hits en route to a 12-1, six-inning run-rule victory over the Panthers on Thursday at Panther Field. Heber only trailed 1-0 through two innings, but the Badgers (8-4) busted the game wide open by scoring seven runs on six hits in the top of the third, starting when Brandon Stane poked a one-out single up the middle. Jared Aschbrenner followed with an RBI double to the alley in deep right center and Johnathan Underwood added an RBI single to center as the Badgers built a 3-0 advantage. After consecutive singles by Justin Browning and Pete Drennan, John Finley drove home a run with an RBI sacrifice-fly to center. Denton pushed Beebe's lead to 5-0 with an RBI double to the gap in left center, then Heber committed an error, which allowed two runs to score, forcing the Panthers to relieve starting pitcher Michael Kramer with Brook Morgan, who started in center field. Another error allowed Beebe's Byars Halford to score as the Badgers' lead grew to 8-0 before Morgan retired the side with a strikeout. Heber scored its only run in the bottom of the third, when Morgan led off by drilling a single to center. Morgan moved into scoring position on a groundout from Dillion Moore then Zach Ingram bounced out to Aschbrenner at shortstop, advancing Morgan to third. With two outs, catcher Harley Hooten roped an RBI double off the wall in deep right field, plating Morgan. Heber loaded the bases as Paden Flippin was hit-by-a-pitch and Kramer singled up the middle, but Denton escaped more trouble when Judson Smith sent a chopper to Aschbrenner, who took the force on Flippin at third base. The Badgers added two runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth to complete their win. Underwood led the Beebe with three hits, two RBI and one run, while leadoff hitter Than Kersey and Browning each contributed two hits. Stane, Ashbrenner, Denton and Halford each scored two runs for the Badgers, who compete in the stout 5A-East Conference. Heber (3-11) travels to Cave City on Friday.