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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Bobcats stroll past Pangburn

  • Walnut Ridge left-hander Baron Estes helped himself with three hits and three RBI while only allowing Pangburn three hits total as the league leading Bobcats strolled to a 12-1 victory on Tuesday in 2-2A Conference play at Pangburn City Park.
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  • Walnut Ridge left-hander Baron Estes helped himself with three hits and three RBI while only allowing Pangburn three hits total as the league leading Bobcats strolled to a 12-1 victory on Tuesday in 2-2A Conference play at Pangburn City Park.
    The Bobcats, who scored at least one run in all six frames, opened up a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a two-run double off the bat of Estes, who sliced an outside pitch down just inside the left field line.
    Leadoff hitter Lee Cash set the table for Walnut Ridge, reaching base in four of five plate appearances, recording two hits and four runs.
    In the top of the second Cash singled, stole second and scored on second baseman Will Weir’s RBI single. Weir compiled three hits, finishing 3 for 5 with three RBI and two runs scored.
    Estes retired the Tigers in order in the bottom half of the second and Walnut Ridge got right back to work, scoring three runs on four hits in the top of the third as cleanup hitter Lane Kennedy led off with a double down the right field line.
    Estes drove home Kennedy with an RBI single to left field, then Treyton Johnson singled and Luke Wall walked, which loaded the bases for Drake Smelsor, who slapped a 2 RBI single through the hole on right side, scoring Estes and Johnson.
    Trailing 6-0, Pangburn starting pitcher Mickey Ivey induced a fly-out and used a sharp curveball for a strikeout, leaving two stranded.
    Pangburn nearly stirred up a rally in the bottom of the third as Alec Bourgeois walked and moved to second on a sacrifice-bunt by Hunter Poe. After Austin Smith walked, the Tigers loaded the bases on a bunt single by Ivey.
    With the bases loaded and one out, Chase Hopkins sent a hard ground ball up the middle where shortstop Lane Ditto made the play and flipped to Weir, who quickly fired to Kennedy at first to complete a 6-4-3 double play.
    Walnut Ridge scored one run on three hits in the top of the fourth, starting when Cole Hicks singled to left field and advanced to second on an error. Kennedy, a lefty who finished 2 for 3 with an RBI and run scored, drove home Hicks with a single to left field.
    With runners at first and second and one out, Ivey escaped further damage, inducing a pop-out and groundout on a chopper back to the mound.
    Pangburn’s second hit was a big one as cleanup hitter Brady Anderson roped a solo home run over the left field wall with one out in the bottom of the fourth.
    Page 2 of 2 - Mac Myers was hit by a pitch and Cody Allender walked, but the Bobcats got out of the inning by turning another double play ¬ this time a 5-U-3 twin killer on a smooth play by Wall at third, who snared a hard ground ball, stepped on the bag and threw across the diamond to complete the play.
    Bourgeois relieved Ivey to start the fifth and allowed one run as Cash walked and scored following an error, single by Weir and RBI walk by Ditto.
    Estes worked around a pair of walks issued to Smith and Hopkins in the bottom of the fifth. The Walnut Ridge lefty ended the inning with a pickoff and the Bobcats added four runs on two hits in the top half of the sixth, pushing their lead to 12-1.
    Needing two runs to extend the game one more inning, Anderson scorched a single to left field with one out in the bottom of the sixth. Myers reached on an error and both runners moved into scoring position on Allender’s groundout to Weir at second.
    With runners at second and third and the count full, Estes used a wicked curveball to end the game with a strikeout.
    The Tigers fell to 4-5 overall and 2-2 in league play and Walnut Ridge improved to 7-1 overall and 4-0 in the conference standings.

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