PEARCY, Ark. – Arkansas High and Lake Hamilton are both going to the 5A State Tournament next week in Jonesboro, but the Razorbacks and Lakeside still have their eyes on a share of the 5A South crown.
The Razorbacks (13-13, 10-3) took advantage of four walks, two hit batsmen and two Lake Hamilton (16-7, 8-5) errors Wednesday to score eight runs in the third inning. That was more than enough as Arkansas High handed the Wolves their second loss at home this season, 10-2.
Sheridan (22-6, 11-2) remains one game ahead of Arkansas High and Lakeside, with one game remaining Friday. The Yellowjackets host El Dorado, and the Razorbacks play Pine Bluff. Lakeside’s regular season ends against Hot Springs.
“We expected a tough game against Lake Hamilton, because they’re a good ball club,” said AHS coach Layne Berry. “They’ve been playing well recently, and was 12-1 at home coming into this game. I can’t remember when we’ve put up a number (8) like we did in the third inning. Ty Waid proved once again that he’s our No. 1 on the mound.”
All eyes on Ty Waid Wednesday
Waid, only a sophomore, pitched all seven innings. He scattered six hits, walked one and struck out six.
Lake Hamilton coach Matt Weigand was obviously disappointed with his team’s performance, but emphasized he expects the Wolves to respond Friday, and next week at state.
“When you’re eight runs down, you want to see if your team is going to fight back, or lay down,” said Weigand. “I told the guys to keep playing and not to worry about the score. I still feel good about this team, and that’s a good team we just played. We (coaches) can’t really explain why we played two of our worst games against Texarkana. Tonight just wasn’t our night.”
Coach Berry proud of Jackson Tye
Arkansas High manufactured a run in the second to take an early lead. Losing pitcher Weston Dobyns struck out five in the first two innings, but a walk and throwing error led to a run-scoring single by Jackson Tye. Tye also contributed a two-run single in the big third inning.
“I’m so proud of Jackson (Tye),” said Berry. “He’s struggled at the plate this season, but those two hits tonight were huge.”
Catcher Graydon Martin also enjoyed a good game with two singles, two runs scored, and two RBIs. Waid also delivered at the plate with a triple and single. Senior Braylon Bishop scored twice after walking in the third, and doubling in the sixth.
There were bright spots for Lake Hamilton. Dobyns was the victim of three errors, but still stuck out six. Freshman Brent Davis pitched into the sixth, allowing three runs and striking out four. Senior Carson Harris finished up, holding the Hogs scoreless two innings and striking out three.
Harris accounted for the Wolves’ final run in the fifth with a monster home run over the left field fence. Dobyns singled home Lake Hamilton’s first run in the third.