With a pair of Conference 4A-4 wins last week the Booneville Bearcats have assured themselves at least a share of a conference title.
Standing at 6-0 in leauge play and 10-3 overall, the Bearcats will face Dover for an outright title and the one seed in the district tournament. The Pirates are 5-1 in league play with their loss coming at the hands of Dardanelle.
Bearcats 10 Dardanelle 3
Brandon Wolski struck out 18 and threw 139 pitches to beat the Sand Lizards Friday. Wolski (6-0) struck out the first eight men he faced before surrendering a double. He then struck out the next two before issuing a one-out walk in the fourth. He got out of that inning with a popup and a ground out.
By then the Bearcats had built a 5-0 lead. Harrel reached on an error in the first and scored on James Ray’s two out double. Ray scored on an error that allowed Jesse Frost to reach.
Wolski opened the second with a double and scored on a single by Frost. After Cody Simpson singled, Drawbaugh bunted into a force play but freshman Trevor Jones delivered a two run double to make it 5-0.
In the Bearcat fifth Simpson singled and later scored on a passed ball.
Wolski struck out four in the Dardanelle fourth, but one of the victims reached and later scored on a bases loaded walk to make it 6-1.
Ray walked, stole second and scored on another Frost single in the sixth to make it 7-1.
Dardanelle scored a single run in the sixth that was earned, but left two aboard who had walked and the Sasnd Lizards got an unearned run in the seventh.
Drawbaugh walked to start the Bearcat seventh, Matt Berry and Jacob Krepps singled and with Wolski’s second double it was 10-2 at that point.
Bearcats 4 Mena 3
James Ray threw six innings, hit a two run home run and scored the winning run as the Bearcats got by Mena 4-3 on Tuesday night in Booneville.
Ray (3-0) led off the bottom of the sixth inning by reaching on an error by Mena first baseman William Copelin. He was then safe at second in what Mena was hoping was a double play ball off the bat of Jesse Frost. From there Mena’s second error of the inning allowed Cody Simpson to reach and Ray to race home to make it 4-3.
It was Mena’s third error of the game and it was the second time the visiting Bearcats had misplayed a ball hit by Simpson.
Mena took a 3-0 lead against Ray in the top of the third. Brandon Craigh led off with a single and was at second two batter later when catcher Christopher Gordon (2-for-2) singled. Kelly Joe Miller followed with a home run.
Mena pitcher got Matt Betty to lead off the bottom of the inning and although Cody Harrel doubled he struck out Jacob Krepps for the second out. Brandon Wolski singled home Harrel to make it 3-1 and Ray followed with his second home run of the season to tie it at 3-3.
Booneville had two errors in the fourth but got out of it when Nathaneal Martin was thrown out at the plate by Simpson when Hunter Hobson reached on a throwing error and Martin, at second after a single and an errant pickoff throw, tried to score.
Ray hit Gordon with two down in the fifth but struck out Miller and allowed a single to Martin with two down in the sixth but got Hobson to ground out.
The error that allowed Ray to reach leading off the Booneville sixth ended a streak of seven straight set down by Lane Pound.
Armed with the lead for the first time Darby Ulmer sent Wolski to the mound to close it out and he did so with two strike outs and a popup for his second save.