Heber Springs relief pitcher Colby Allen left the tying run stranded in the batter's box, inducing a fly-out to center fielder Pierce Mitchum as the Panthers held off West Side 12-9 on Tuesday at Panther Field.
Heber Springs relief pitcher Colby Allen left the tying run stranded in the batter’s box, inducing a fly-out to center fielder Pierce Mitchum as the Panthers held off West Side 12-9 on Tuesday at Panther Field.
Allen led Heber’s offensive attack, finishing 2 for 2 with a single, double, RBI, two stolen bases and two runs scored. Allen also walked and was hit by a pitch, reaching base safely in four plate appearances.
Conner Lindsey (2 for 3) and Caleb Payton (2 for 4) both contributed two hits and a pair of RBIs for the Panthers, who improved to 2-1 entering today’s game versus Mayflower at 3:30 p.m. at the Bauxite Tournament.
“The kids are playing well right now,” said Heber Coach B.J. Greene. “They seem to be enjoying it. Our lineup is hitting much better this time of the year versus last year. Also, we have had good starting pitching.”
Andrew Bradshaw picked up the win, tossing five innings while scattering seven hits, striking out two, issuing one walk and allowing two earned runs. Shane Kimble pitched the sixth, giving up four hits while striking out two without giving up an earned run.
In the seventh, Allen allowed three earned runs on two hits and two walks before escaping with two runners in scoring position.
“I’m proud of our kids’ effort,” said West Side coach Shane Davis. “They kept battling despite being down from the second inning on and had the tying run up in the seventh. We have to get better defensively no doubt but it’s early and that will come with time.
“I was also impressed with our five pitchers who all had little or no experience at this level. Gage [Hewitt] and Kyle [Heathcscott], both freshmen, kept us in the game and gave us a shot.”
Hayden Gilmore (2 for 3) and Dalton Treece (2 for 4) paced West Side both finishing with 2 RBI. Blaine “Pepper” Hipp (1 for 2) and Bryce Hipp (1 for 3) each had one hit and one run, while Casey Hooten (1 for 2) added an RBI.