On Feb. 28 the Bearcats let a game get away from them at Prairie Grove. Fast forward three weeks and it would not happen again.
However the Bearcats would let one get away from them on the second day of play, but again rebounded with a 12 run effort in a Michael Hesson no-hitter of Gentry on Thursday.
That win gave Bearcat head coach Darby Ulmer, who learned of the passing of his father earlier Thurday, 99 wins against 44 loses at Booneville. His first chance at number 100 was to be Monday at home against Dardanelle.
Bearcats 12 Prairie Grove 3
Booneville led 5-1 and 8-7 in the 9-8 loss last month. They never trailed during the opening game of the Jarren Sorters Memorial Round Robin Prairie Grove hosted during spring break.
They did so with production throughout the lineup as Cam Brasher had three hits to lead a 13-hit attack that saw five players with multiple hit games. Eight different players also drove in runs for the Bearcats.
After two scoreless innings the Bearcats erupted for six runs in the top of the third. Courtesy runner Ian Suttles scored on a one-out single by Michael Hesson to start the damage. Hesson scored after a passed ball, a walk to Carson Ray and a single by Blakeley Cobb.
With two down Wyatt Rongey reached on an error that scored a run to make it 3-0 and Hayden Fennell followed with a double to make if 4-0. Brandon Ulmer tapped into a fielder’s choice on which no out was recorded and it was 5-0 and Fennell swiped home, reaching the plate before Ulmer was thrown out trying to take third.
The Tigers flirted with repeating history, but only briefly. A ground ball by R Orr scored a run in the Prairie Grove third and a fly ball and error got two more in the fourth to make it 6-3.
Rongey drove in a run with a fifth inning single and the Bearcats really broke it open with a four run sixth.
Hesson doubled home a run and Ray singled him and Wooldridge home before an out was recorded in the sixth and it was 10-3. Cam Brasher doubled home Ray to make it 11-3.
Brady Brasher scored on Wooldridge’s fly ball in the seventh to make it 12-3.
Brady Brasher (2-1) threw six innings for the win, allowing only one hit as the Tigers got two unearned runs while the Bearcats committed five errors. Gabe Fennell finished it.
Pea Ridge 8 Bearcats 7
Down 3-0 after three innings the Bearcats scored seven runs in their next two at bats to seemingly take the game over but the Blackhawks tied it in the sixth and won it with a run in the bottom of the seventh.
Michael Hesson tripled and scored the first Bearcat run on a ground ball by Carson Ray. When hit batters and walks filled the bases a walk drawn by Hayden Fennell forced Blakeley Cobb home and a single by Brandon Ulmer scored Wyatt Rongey with the tying run after Cam Brasher was picked off third.
Hesson doubled home Brady Brasher in the fourth for a Bearcat lead and a bases loaded walk by Chase Wiggins made it a two run cushion. Walks to Hayden Fennell and Ulmer pushed home runs for a 7-3 lead.
The Blackhawks got a run back on one of the four Bearcat errors in the bottom of the fifth and tied the game with three in the sixth, one scoring on an error and two on a double by Chandler Tidwell.
Hayden Holtgrewe tripled against Brandon Ulmer (2-1) with one out in the bottom of the seventh and scored on a squeeze bunt by Will Feemster to win the game.
Hayden Fennell, Ulmer and Hesson all had two of the 10 Bearcat hits and Fennell and Ulmer added two RBI each.
Bearcats 12 Gentry 0
Michael Hesson (2-0) had a five run lead in his pocket when he took the mound for what would be a five inning no hitter.
Hesson countered four walks with five strike outs and there were a pair of double plays that helped keep the Pioneers off the scoreboard.
The Pioneers used three pitchers in the first four hitters as Hayden Fennell and Brandon Ulmer walked against Colton Little, who took the loss, Jacob Lothes hit Brady Brasher with a pitch and Trent Wooldridge greeted Damon Phillips with a sacrifice fly.
After a second fly ball out, by Hesson, Carson Ray singled home a run and two Pioneer errors led to four runs and a 5-0 lead.
Hesson walked A Smart but erased him on a line drive double play back to himself.
It was 6-0 in the fourth when Ray doubled home two and scored on Blakeley Cobb’s ground ball to make it 9-0.
A balk pushed in the 10th run in the fifth and there was another Pioneer error in a three run inning to set the final.
Gentry’s best scoring opportunity came after back-to-back walks to open the third but Hesson sandwiched a strike out around a pair of ground balls and got out of the inning.