PEARCY, Ark. – Lake Hamilton put three senior pitchers on the mound Monday night against Malvern. Austin Hale, J.T. Bardwell and Weston Dobyns made Senior Night a memorable one in pitching the Wolves past Malvern on their home diamond, 8-4.
“It was Senior Night, and we wanted to have a good night for our five seniors,” said Lake Hamiton coach Matt Weigand. “We’ve been trying to figure out how to put three good games together this week, and we’re off to a good start. We kept Bardwell and Dobyns under thirty pitches, so we should be full staff going into Tuesday’s game at home against Texarkana.
“We’re fourth in the conference standings right now, and there’s a possibility we could move up. We need to win out, and Texarkana has to lose out. That’s a real possibility. We’re playing our best ball right now, and our last two conference games are at home. We’ve played well at home all season. I think we’re 12-1 at home this year.”
Wolves’ senior pitchers scatter eight hits
Monday’s win was no cakewalk, although the Leopards (13-10) put themselves in a hole early with four errors. Malvern scored in the first inning on singles by Tyler Golden and Jacolby Hart. That 1-0 lead didn’t last long.
Ryan Fields reached on an infield error to start the bottom of the first. Carson Harris then singled to center, the first of three hits for the senior outfielder. Three wild pitches and a single by Dylan Horton made it 3-1.
The Wolves (16-6, 8-4) added two runs in the second off losing pitcher Braxton Allen. Hale walked, and raced to third one out later on a single by Fields. Harris lifted a fly to shallow center, and Hale faked a tag. The incoming throw from center sailed over the catcher’s head and Hale scored. Fields went to second on the play, scoring on Dobyns’ single to left.
Lake Hamilton’s lead became 6-1 in the third after a leadoff walk to Josh Parish. He advanced on an infield error, and eventually scored on a wild pitch.
Senior Carson Harris leads Wolves at plate
Hale retired seven of eight batters after the first inning. Hart doubled down the left field line with one out in the fourth, and scored on a throwing error by the catcher. Logan Paul and Cole Carey followed with singles, but an infield fly got Hall out of further trouble.
Golden got his third hit of the game to start the Leopards’ fifth. He raced to third on a double by Robert Bowman. That brought Bardwell in from the bullpen. Golden was out at the plate trying to score on a wild pitch. Two pitches later Bowman scored on an errant pitch to make it 6-4.
Bardwell would make up for a wild pitch with a single to left in the bottom of the fifth. He moved up on Ethan Hurley’s grounder, and scored with two outs on Harris’ third hit of the game. Kohen Manley had walked in-between, and scored when Dobyns reached on the Leopards’ fourth error.
Dobyns shut down Malvern the final two innings, allowing no hits and striking out three.