PEARCY, Ark. – A week ago Lake Hamilton was tied for first place in 5A South. The Wolves travel to Hot Springs Tuesday tied for fourth place. The Wolves regained a little confidence Monday at home by defeating Little Rock Centreal, 9-2.
“Right now we’re tied with El Dorado for fourth place,” said Lake Hamilton coach Matt Weigand. “We play at El Dorado Friday, which is a huge game for us in regard to playing in the state tournament. We’ll still have Texarkana and White Hall left, so anything is possible after what we saw happen last week.
“Today we started a freshman (Brent Davis) on the mound. He’s been good for us all year in jayvee games. We wanted to give him a varsity start, and he appeared nervous. The more we can get him out there, the better. We’ve also got to get Austin Hale going again. Early on he was really keeping people off balance with his fastball and curve. As of late he has struggled with his breaking ball.”
Weigand also got to watch freshman Kohen Manley pitch a scoreless seventh inning. Hale got the win
Carmack ties score early with home run
Senior Carson Harris and shortstop Matthew Carmack were clearly the bright spots for Lake Hamilton (13-6, 6-4) against the 6A Tigers (8-17).
Harris, who is hitting over .400 on the season, smashed two doubles and just missed a home run in the first inning. Carmack hit a towering home run in the second, adding a two-run double in the fifth.
“The wind was blowing in or Carson would have had his second home run of the year,” said Weigand. “He’s hitting the ball hard, and driving in a lot of runs. We moved him up to the two spot in our lineup about two weeks ago. It’s really helping us out.
“Carmack is pushing .400. They’re both good hitters. Carson has had multiple hits in almost every game we’ve played this year.”
Harris drives in two with first double
Carmack’s roundtripper tied the score at 1-1. The Wolves captured the lead for good in the third with three runs. Jack Joiner and Easton Hurley singled, and scored on a double by Harris. Dylan Horton then singled Harris home.
The Wolves added three runs in the fifth. Harris doubled down the left field line with two outs. Weston Dobyns followed with a single. Tiger pitchers hit Horton and JT Bardwell to force home a run. Carmack then doubled down the line past third, courtesy runner Grant Bearden and Dobyns scoring to make it, 7-2.
Three Lake Hamilton batters were hit by a pitch in the sixth, with Hurley and Josh Parish scoring on singles by Dobyns and Horton.
Between the varsity and junior varsity games, six Lake Hamilton students were recognized, and presented college scholarships in honor of former student-athlete Bryce Briggs. Briggs died in 2018 after a tragic accident involving a fire.
The recipients were Dustin Rhodes, Katie Williams, Chase Merritt, Rivers Nicholas, Maddie Gilleran and Ryan Fields.