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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Eagles on the rise

  • West Side swept Shirley (13-0, 14-3) Wednesday, defeated South Side Bee Branch (5-3) Thursday and shutout Midland (3-0) Friday, extending its winning-streak to five consecutive.
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  • West Side swept Shirley (13-0, 14-3) Wednesday, defeated South Side Bee Branch (5-3) Thursday and shutout Midland (3-0) Friday, extending its winning-streak to five consecutive.
    The Eagles, who improved to 11-1 overall and 6-1 in league play, avenged a 3-0 loss to South Side only one week earlier. “Huge win for our ball club,” said West Side Coach Shane Davis.
    “This gives us a chance to win conference. Bryce pitched his tail off and overcame a few costly errors, but we finally got a few timely hits, especially Pepp [Blaine Hipp] and Mason [Treece especially]  We desperately needed those to win this game. Hopefully we don't have a letdown the next three games and finish what we started here today,” added Davis.
    Bryce Hipp hurled a complete game in the Eagles’ win over Southside. Hipp struck out seven and walked one while sparking the offense with two hits, going 2 for 3 with a run and a stolen base.
    Mason Treece (2 for 4 with an RBI) also had two hits for West Side and Blaine “Pepper” Hipp was 1 for 4 with the go-ahead two-run single in the top of the fifth.
    In Wednesday’s sweep of Shirley, starting catcher David Brown toed the rubber for the first time in his varsity career and pitched a one-hitter with eight strikeouts and only one walk in the Eagles’ 13-0 triumph.
    Brown also helped his cause at the plate, finishing 2 for 2 with three RBI and two stolen bases. Kory Johnson (2 for 2 with a triple and three RBI) and Hayden Gilmore (2 for 2 with two runs) each had two hits for the Eagles and Brandon Carr (1 for 1) contributed two runs.
    In Game 2 at Shirley, Carr picked up his first career high school win on the mound. Carr fanned four and also chipped in offensively, batting 1 for 2 with three runs in the Eagles’ 14-3 victory.
    Gilmore ignited West Side’s offense, racking up three hits, including a double. Gilmore collected five RBI and two runs. Johnson (2 for 2) added a triple and two RBI.
    In Friday’s 3-0 win over Midland, Gilmore went the distance, shutting down the Mustangs while striking out nine and scattering six hits with two walks. Gilmore was 2 for 3 at the plate.
    Mason Treece catapulted the Eagles’ offense, finishing 3 for 4 with 2 RBI on a two-out, two-run single in the top of the seventh, giving the Eagles a 3-0 cushion.
    Dalton Treece and Johnson each scored a run for West Side, while courtesy runner Andrew Houston produced two stolen bases.
    “This was a big game for us,” said Davis. “Midland is always a tough place to play and our kids hung in there today and got it done. Hayden pitched his tail off and the defense, which was shaky at times made the plays when they had to.
    Page 2 of 2 - “Mason got a big hit for us in the seventh that gave us a little breathing room and Gilmore finished what he started off by setting them down in order in the seventh. We need this one  to share the conference title heading into district next Friday at South Side Bee Branch.”

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