Rams can’t play ‘Dodge Ball,’ but they now share first place in 5A South baseball race

'Dodge Ball'
Lakeside freshman Brady Arnold drove in two runs, and struck out three of the last five White Hall batters in Thursday's win.


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Lakeside’s baseball team apparently wouldn’t be very good playing ‘Dodge Ball.’

White Hall pitchers hit six Ram batters, and walked six more Thursday as Lakeside edged the Bulldogs at home, 8-7.

The Bulldogs’ charity was needed, too. White Hall outhit the Rams, 14-5. The host team led 8-1 going into the sixth inning when the Bulldogs got involved in a game of ‘Dodge Ball,’ with two batters hit. Base hits by Noah Smith, Aaron Warriner, Kam Robinson, and Christian Carnal turned a potential rout into a one-run game.

Freshman Brady Arnold was the Rams’ third pitcher, and got the game’s final five outs to preserve the win for sophomore Wyatt Gibson.

'Dodge Ball'

Good thing ‘Dodge Ball’ wasn’t the game

“We are living on the edge,” said Ram mentor Garrett Bock. “I’ve got to give credit to the kids tonight. I didn’t do a very good job of preparing us for this game. It’s completely my fault that this happened. Sometimes you have to help out the leader, and my players helped me out tremendously today. They did a fantastic job of overcoming adversity.

“Our third baseman made a great play to end the game. Brady Arnold, just a freshman, came in and nailed it home for us. His mindset is unbelieveable for a 14-year-old kid. He competes as hard as he can everytime he’s out there. We’re very excited about his future here.”

Arnold gave up a two-run single to the first batter he faced (Carnal), but then struck out two with the potential tying run at third, and go-ahead run at first.

Freshman pitches Rams out of jam

White Hall put two runners on in the seventh with the help of an infield error, but once again Arnold pitched out of the jam. He retired the next three batters on a flyball, strikeout and Cox’s saving play at third.

Lakeside (14-3, 7-2) scored six runs in the second inning, aided by four hit batsmen. Cox was first to be hit, and Will Ross was hit five pitches later. Consecutive walks to Ethan Rodgers and Wyatt Gibson forced home the game’s first run. Brock Prince was then drilled to force another run home. Brennan Browning followed with a two-run double, and Arnold singled off the pitcher’s leg for two more runs.

Peyton Ballard was also hit by a pitch in the second, but losing pitcher Aaron Warriner got Ethan Cervela on a line drive to left.

The Bulldogs’ Caleb Taylor and Carnal had three hits each. Kam Robinson and Lucas Gray had two hits each. Lakeside didn’t have a batter with more than one hit.

Lakeside, Sheridan and Texarkana are tied for first place in 5A South. The Yellowjackets beat Texarkana, 7-4. The Rams play at Sheridan and Texarkana next week.