HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — Lake Hamilton moved up to second place in the 5A South baseball standings Tuesday with a well-earned 3-0 victory over host Hot Springs.
Sophomore Brent Davis tossed a two-hitter, while yielding two walks and striking out 10 for the win. Hot Springs played one of its better games despite losing.
“Pitching was outstanding, we’ve got to get our offense going,” said Hot Springs coach Trevor Durham. “Credit to their pitcher. He kept us off-balanced changing pitches. It seems like there’s good pitchers whoever we’re playing. I’m proud of our guys, just couldn’t get our offense going.”
The Wolves’ Ethan Brock scored the game’s first two runs after walking. He drew a free pass with one out in the first inning, moving up to second when Dylan Horton was hit in the head by a pitch. Brock stole third and scored when Matthew Carmack reached on an infield error.
Wolves second in 5A South standings
The story was similar in the third when Brock walked. He advanced on a passed ball and stole third, scoring on Carmack’s single to right.
Lake Hamilton added an insurance run in the seventh when Easton Hurley singled to left. One out later Horton crushed a double to left-center to make it 3-0. The Wolves had five hits, two by Horton.
Hot Springs never got a runner past first. The Trojans did get an outstanding effort from Xavier Parker, who had a single. Parker went to the mound with one out in the fourth. He allowed one run, two hits and struck out four.
There’s currently a dog-fight for the final playoff berth in the South. Texarkana, Lakeside and White Hall are all alive going into final two weeks.