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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • ’Jackets buzz by Heber in 6th

  • Heber Springs tied rival Clinton in the top of the sixth on senior Tyler Dennis’ two-out single, which scored Chandler Marquardt, who reached by beating out an infield single as the Panthers finally touched up Yellow Jacket southpaw Kannon Bradley.
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  • Heber Springs tied rival Clinton in the top of the sixth on senior Tyler Dennis’ two-out single, which scored Chandler Marquardt, who reached by beating out an infield single as the Panthers finally touched up Yellow Jacket southpaw Kannon Bradley.
    But the first-place ’Jackets responded in the bottom half of the sixth, plating four runs on two hits to pull away with a 5-1 victory on Thursday in 2-4A Conference play.
    “Hunter Chandler threw the best game of the year that he has thrown,” said Heber Coach B.J. Greene. “He threw 86 pitches, 5 1/3 and then we walked a couple guys there at the end. He threw incredibly. Our defense played incredible. We are struggling at the plate. Our pitching situation is not real good. We let the fastballs go and swing at the curveballs.
    “It’s like an avalanche,” Greene continued. “I really believe if we can get one game where we can get some timely hitting ... Our defense and pitching is keeping us in games. We haven’t seen a team in our conference that has seen us hit the baseball yet. Things are on our side if we can get it going.”
    Bradley, who retired the Panthers in order in the seventh, struck out 10. Clinton got started in the sixth when Colson Tester was hit by a pitch with one out. After Sam Phillips’ groundout moved Tester into scoring position, Ben Smith and Austin Decker each walked to load the bases.
    Tester scored on a wild pitch, causing Heber to relieve Chandler with Chase Vines. Brandon Trujillo delivered a two-out RBI single to left center, scoring Smith and giving Clinton a 3-1 lead, which caused the Panthers to replace Vines with Andrew Bradshaw.
    Clinton added two more runs when Daniel Beavers, who hit an inside the park home run in the bottom half of the third, ripped an RBI single that scored Decker, plus another runner once Heber committed an error.
    Clinton improved to 14-3 overall and 4-0 in conference play. Heber fell to 0-4 in league play with games remaining against Southside Batesville and Dollarway.

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