Dollarway handed Tuesday’s game to Pine Bluff on a silver platter as the Zebras defeated the Cardinals 18-5 in 2 2/3 innings at Taylor Field.
Pine Bluff scored 18 runs on just eight hits with 16 walks.
“Sometimes you got to take what the other team gives you,” Pine Bluff coach Ryan Stinson said. “If they give you walks, you got to take it. If you get an opportunity to get a base hit and drive some runs in, you do that also.”
The game was called in the bottom of the third inning after several lightning strikes were seen in the area.
“Our problem is – just like when we played Stuttgart and Lonoke – we play real well but then we have one bad inning and it kills us,” Dollarway (1-8, 0-4 in 8-4A) head coach Greg Cleveland.
Pine Bluff (6-8), acting as the visiting team, scored 11 runs in the top of the third inning to break the game wide open.
Both Brandon Starks and Floyd Allen III walked in a pair of runs for Pine Bluff in the third. Jeremy Dorn followed with a RBI single and after a walk to Gealander Harris, Walter Ashley walked in another run.
An infield single by Adam Graham scored another run. Braylen Jones, Demetrius Anderson, and Jordan O’Guinn had RBI singles with one out to give Pine Bluff a 17-5 lead.
Pine Bluff’s final run of the game came on a RBI single by Allen.
Allen finished the night 1 for 2 with two walks, three RBIs and a run scored. Allen is also credited with the win after two innings of work. He allowed five runs (all earned) on four hits with no walks and no strikeouts.
“We are going to need some help in the conference later on,” Stinson said. “I wanted them to get some work and a little bit of experience in the varsity game.”
Freshman Brandon Lowe pitched the bottom of the third. He gave up three walks and struck out one. The bases were loaded for Dollarway with two outs when the game was called.
Pine Bluff scored seven runs in the second and two in the first inning. Dollarway scored five runs in the bottom of the second to cut the deficit to 7-5.
“We exploded for five and we swung the bat very well that inning,” Cleveland said. “We hit the ball hard and we had some momentum.
“But then we go right back out there and give up 11. Baseball is a game of ups and downs and it is designed to make you fail.”
In the second, Rayshon Blake led off with a double for Dollarway. After Keshan Cross was hit-by-a-pitch, Fred Wade hit a RBI groundout to shortstop.
After Anthony Johnson was hit-by-a-pitch, A.J. Alford and Henry Murphy hit a pair of RBI singles. Kacy Higgins followed with a two-run double to get within two runs.
Alford finished 1 for 1 with a run and a RBI. Murphy was 1 for 2 with a run and a RBI. Higgins was 1 for 2 with two RBIs and Blake was 1 for 1 with a run and a walk.
John Reed is tagged with the loss after pitching 1 1/3 and allowing seven runs (six runs) on one h it with seven walks and three strikeouts.
Higgins pitched 2/3 of an inning, allowing two runs (two earned) on four walks. Cross pitched 1/3 of an inning and allowed six runs (six earned) on one hit with five walks.
Blake closed out the game but allowed three runs (three earned) on five hits with a strikeout in 2/3 of an inning.
For Pine Bluff, Graham finished 1 for 1 with four runs, one RBI and two walks. Jones finished 1 for 1 with three runs, a RBI and one walk.
Anderson was 2 for 3 with two runs and a RBI. O’Guinn was 1 for 2 with two runs, a RBI and two walks.
Dorn finished the game 1 for 2 with a run, two walks and two RBIs.
“Just getting a chance to get some more at-bats,” Stinson said. “Chance to see some pitching and an opportunity to get on the field and get some work done.
“Any time you can get on the field and get work done, it is a plus.”