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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Mayflower slips past Rose Bud in 10th

  • Rose Bud had top-seeded Mayflower on the ropes on Saturday in the opening round of the 3A Region 2 Tournament at Benton Harmony Grove.
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  •  The Ramblers built a 5-0 cushion by the third inning before the Eagles began to chip away, pulling within three at 5-2 heading to the sixth.
    Mayflower, which improved to 24-3, added three more runs in the sixth and won 6-5 four innings later with Michael Post laced a bases-loaded single to center field with nobody out in the tenth.
    The Ramblers, who finished their season with a record of 12-9, took a 4-0 lead in the top of the second after Tyler Weatherley, Andrew Adcock and Jake Cantey each singled.
    Skyler Baker drove home Weatherley with a groundout and Chris Henry added a two-run single then scored to push the Ramblers’ lead to 4-0.
    Rose Bud added another run in the third when Adcock drove home Blake Ferrell, who reached on a leadoff single.
    Adcock, the Ramblers’ starting pitcher, held Mayflower in check through 5 2/3, limiting the Eagles to six hits and six walks while striking out seven. Tyler Bell came on in relief and escaped. Bell kept Rose Bud in the game with the help of outstanding play in the out field from Ferrell and Baker, who made a leaping grab and later gunned down the potential winning-run with for the final out of the seventh.
    Bell, who pitched the final 3 1/3, retired six consecutive batters in the eighth and ninth innings before Mayflower got rolling in the tenth.
    Jordan Burns led the Eagles, finishing 3 for 3 with three RBI. Post also collected three hits and three RBI for the Eagles, who advanced and beat Bald Knob 5-0 in the semifinal round.

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