Brandon Ulmer notched his first win of the season and also swatted a pair of home runs as the Booneville Bearcats opened conference play with a 10-6 win over Charleston last Tuesday night.
On Friday night the Bearcats lost to Clinton 10-0 in a tournament in Dover. They returned to Dover the following morning and lost to Waldron, 9-4.
Bearcats 10 Charleston 6
Senior Trent Wooldridge supplied power in the home opener Tuesday, driving in five runs for the Bearcats.
Ulmer was staked to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Wooldridge hit a three-run home run off Braden Ross, scoring Ulmer, who had been hit by a pitch, and Carson Ray, who had singled.
After Charleston, cut the lead to 3-2 on a pair of unearned runs — there were three Booneville errors — the Bearcats scored four times in the second. Ray drove in one run and two more touched home on a double by Wooldridge. Mike Hesson’s second hit of the day scored Wooldridge to make it 7-2.
In the fourth inning Ulmer hit the first pitch he saw from Curtis out of the park and the Bearcats led 9-3. Ulmer’s day on the mound was also finished.
Blakely Cobb would surrender a couple of runs in his two innings of work, one unearned, and it was 9-5.
Ulmer homered off Curtis for the second time in the bottom of the sixth to push the lead back to five but the Tigers, who were opening their season, managed a run against Ray in the seventh to set the final.
Clinton 10 Bearcats 0
Earlier versions of the tournament bracket had the Bearcats playing on Thursday against Atkins and on Friday against Atkins before another change made it Clinton in the opposing dugout and a 5:30 start time on Friday.
The Bearcats were held to just two hits by Clinton’s Ty Johnson.
Clinton jumped on Michael Hesson (0-1) quickly. Bryce Dodd doubled and scored on as single by Johnson. Aaron Hogue followed with a home run.
Both Johnson and Hogue had big games.
The Yellow Jackets doubled the lead in the second with Johnson drawing a bases loaded walk and a two run single by Hogue.
Trent Wooldridge took over in the fourth and Hogue drilled a pitch to right that got by Austin Dobbs and both Johnson and Hogue scored to make it 8-0.
An error and a sacrifice fly ended the game in the fifth.
Waldron 9 Bearcats 4
A three run seventh inning made it respectable for the Bearcats, who were on the verge of being run-ruled for the second time in about 15 hours going to the fifth.
Waldron led 8-0 through four but Austin Dobbs was able to keep the Bearcats in it and both teams managed a single run in the fifth to make it 9-1.
Payton Brown went six inning for the win. Blakely Cobb (0-1) took the loss for the Bearcats, though he was not helped by the four errors committed behind him.