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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Maumelle mauls West Side

  • Maumelle didn't need much offense behind a one-hitter from right-handers Ryan McCollough and Kobe Pounders. But the Hornets got plenty of offensive production, pounding out 10 hits in five innings while blanking West Side 11-0 on Tuesday in Greers Ferry.
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  • Maumelle didn't need much offense behind a one-hitter from right-handers Ryan McCollough and Kobe Pounders. But the Hornets got plenty of offensive production, pounding out 10 hits in five innings while blanking West Side 11-0 on Tuesday in Greers Ferry. The Hornets, who will move up to 5A in the next cycle (2014-16), stung the Eagles in the top of the first inning with two runs on two hits as Pounders looped a single to right field and stole second, setting up Ryan Hunter's RBI triple to deep right field. Chad Cox added an RBI sacrifice-fly lifted to left field, scoring Hunter as Maumelle took a 2-0 lead before West Side starting pitcher Dalton Treece induced a groundout to twin bother Mason Treece, who was playing first base with the Eagles missing three starters. Hayden Gilmore singled to right field for West Side's lone hit with one out in the bottom half of the first inning, but McCollough retired the next two, getting Bryce Hipp on a sharp line out to center and Tyler Cowley on a roller to shortstop, where Harrison Rutledge made a smooth charging play. Maumelle broke the game wide open with five runs despite only two hits in the top of the second, starting when Ty Stricklin reached on an error. After Nick Grimsley was hit-by-a-pitch, Hayden Anderson stroked an RBI single to right field, scoring Stricklin as the Hornets built a 3-0 lead. With two out, Grimsley scored on a wild pitch then Hunter was plunked, setting the table for a double steal by Anderson and Hunter. Maumelle catcher Walker Culp then drilled a 2 RBI double to deep center field, skipping off the wall as the Hornets took a 6-0 lead. Maumelle added another run when courtesy runner Jackson Fry stole third and scored on a wild pitch. McCollough retired the Eagles in order in the bottom of the second with the help of Rutledge, who made a play deep in the hole from his shortstop position to take away a hit from Gage Hewitt. Hipp came on in relief for West Side in the third and struck out two, eventually leaving two runners stranded in scoring position. Maumelle put the game away in the top of the fourth, scoring four runs on four hits as Culp ripped a double to the alley in left center and scored on McCollough's 2 RBI single to right field. Still with two out, Stricklin walked then Grimsley nailed an RBI single to left field, plating two runs once the ball skipped past the outfielder. Anderson added an RBI single through the hole on right side, scoring Grimsley for an 11-0 lead. Pounders relieved McCollough in the fourth and struck out three while allowing a walk to Hipp. Pounders slammed the door in the fifth with two more strikeouts while retiring the Eagles in order. Pounders and McCollough combined for 8 strikeouts, only allowing 1 hit and 1 walk through five frames. Culp led the Hornets' offense, finishing 2-for-3 with 2 doubles. Anderson and Pounders also had 2 hits for Maumelle, while Grimsley, Stricklin and Hunter each scored 2 runs. West Side won the J/V game, 6-4.

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