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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • West Side nips Rose Bud in Eagle Classic title game

  • West Side’s Hayden Gilmore drove home three runs, including the game-winning single to center field with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, lifting the Eagles over Rose Bud 9-8 on Saturday in the championship game of the 2nd Annual Eagle Classic in Greers Ferry.
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  • West Side’s Hayden Gilmore drove home three runs, including the game-winning single to center field with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, lifting the Eagles over Rose Bud 9-8 on Saturday in the championship game of the 2nd Annual Eagle Classic in Greers Ferry.
    Gilmore’s hit drove home Ben Hargrove, who reached base in all four plate appearances while finishing 2 for 2 with 3 runs and 2 RBI.
    “Showing that gritty mentality is a great sign so early in the season,” said West Side skipper Shane Davis.
    “We did a great job of getting runners on, over and in today. Then Gilmore won it for us with a clutch hit there in the seventh. This was one of those games neither team deserved to lose but it's good to finally be on the plus side. Hopefully we can keep this effort up as we head into the conference season."
    Bryce Hipp tossed the final frame to pick up the win on the mound. Hipp (1 for 2) also contributed an RBI triple, while David Brown (1 for 2) added an RBI single and one run for the Eagles (4-0).
    “So proud of my guys,” said Davis. “We had some guys with tired arms, especially Gilmore, but they wanted the ball in crunch time because they knew it gave us the best chance to win.”
    Tyler Bell (3 for 3) led Rose Bud with 3 hits, one RBI and 2 runs. Matthews (2 for 3) added two hits, 2 RBI and 2 runs scored, Dylan Moore (2 for 3) collected one RBI and Skylar Baker finished 1 for 4 with 2 runs for the Ramblers (3-1), who reached the finals by defeating Bradford 10-3 and White County Central 16-6.
    West Side 5, Sacred Heart 2
    Bryce Hipp and Hayden Gilmore handcuffed the Rebels, holding them to four hits and one earned run while striking out nine and only issuing one walk in the Eagles’ semifinal win on Friday in the Eagle Classic.
    Hipp picked up the win, striking out six in four frames, and he also led the Eagles at the plate with 3 hits, 3 RBI and 2 stolen bases. Casey Hooten (2 for 2) and Hayden Gilmore (2 for 3) each added 2 hits for the Eagles. Gilmore also scored a run and pitched in relief, allowing one run on one hit while striking out three in two innings to pick up the save.
    West Side 10, Quitman 0
    West Side blanked Quitman in the opening round of the Eagle Classic on Thursday as starting pitcher Hayden Gilmore struck out five and only allowed one hit in three innings of work.
    Blaine “Pepper” Hipp (3 for 4) led the Eagle offense with 2 doubles, 2 RBI and 2 runs scored. Dalton Treece (2 for 4) followed with 2 hits and 2 runs, Mason Treece (2 for 4) had 2 hits and Ben Hargrove (1 for 2) added 2 RBI.
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