5th inning lifts WH past Woodlawn

WHITE HALL – The White Hall Bulldogs scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning two pitchers combined for a no-hitter as they defeated Woodlawn 7-0 in the first round of the Billy Bock Classic at White Hall Field Thursday night.

“We got a few key hits in that inning,” White Hall head coach Skip Carr said.

Senior Landon Reed hit a three-run double with one out in the seventh to give the Bulldogs a 4-0 lead.

“That’s why he leads off for us,” Carr said. “He’s a clutch hitter and a big-game hitter.

“He’s done it all his life, so that is what we’ve come to expect.”

Senior Percy Arnold led off the seventh with a walk and senior Tanner Attwood hit a single to put runners on first and second.

White Hall junior Justin Archer loaded the bases for Reed with a one-out walk.

After Reed’s base clearing double, senior Austin Lewis hit a RBI-double to plate Reed. Senior Justin McCarty was hit by a pitch to load the bases again. Zuber hit a RBI single and sophomore Kirk Baugh hit a sacrifice fly to deep left to give White Hall the 7-0 lead.

Zuber earned the victory on the mound for White Hall after pitching five hitless innings. Zuber also struck out 12 and walked five.

“He did a great job today,” Carr said. “He was a little high in the zone at times, but he got his composure back, worked it down and threw strikes.”

Woodlawn had an opportunity to score in the top of the fifth after getting the leadoff runner to third with no outs.

But Zuber got the next batter to pop-up, he struck out Caleb Holleman and got the final out on a ground-out to second.

“That’s an attribute to Mr. Zuber,” Woodlawn head coach Tommy Richardson said. “He does a good job.

“We knew he would when we came up here.”

Woodlawn left six runners on base.

“I just wasn’t real happy with the way we competed,” Richardson said. “We knew (Zuber) had velocity.

“We were making him work and making him throw strikes. But then when he wasn’t in the zone, we couldn’t do anything with it.

“We had several opportunities that we just let slide.”

Richardson credited the struggles to inexperience and it still being fairly early in the season.

“We only have two seniors,” Richardson said. “We got to get some experience in seeing that and experience in playing in big games.

“Tonight it showed that we didn’t.”

White Hall got on the board in the fourth when McCarty hit a RBI-single to plate Dylan James.

Before the six runs in the fifth, White Hall had stranded 10 runners on base.

“Their kid did a really good job of changing speeds,” Carr said. “We got some guys in scoring position, but just couldn’t get them in.”

White Hall will play today at 5 p.m. against Star City at White Hall Field.

Woodlawn will play today at 6:15 p.m. against Watson Chapel JV at Taylor Field.

“I’d like to see us get a hit and for us to compete,” Henderson said. “That’s our tradition. We might not be the biggest, fastest but we are going to get after you.

“Tonight, we didn’t get after them and that’s something that has to be changed immediately.”

Pine Bluff 8,

Bald Knob 1

The Pine Bluff Zebras scored four runs in the second, three in the second and one in the fourth as they defeated Bald Knob 8-1 Thursday afternoon at Taylor Field in the first round of the Billy Bock Classic.

With one out in the second inning, Johnson scored on a wild pitch to give Pine Bluff a 1-0 lead.

After Pine Bluff loaded the bases, Starks reached on an error, which scored T Smith. A single by James O’Guinn singled to centerfield to plate Adam Graham and give Pine Bluff a 3-0.

Jones scored later for the 4-0 lead.

Aaron McDonald pitched a complete game, allowing one run (earned) on five hits with three strikeouts.

Graham was 1 of 3 with two runs and two RBIs. Brandon Jones was 1 of 4 with a run and a RBI. O’Guinn was 1 of 3 with two RBIs.

Pine Bluff will play the winner of Harrison/Arkadelphia today at 8:30 p.m. at Taylor Field.

Star City 10,

Watson Chapel JV 1

Star City defeated Watson Chapel JV 10-1 in the first round of the Billy Bock Classic at Taylor Field on Thursday.

Chapel’s James Aud is credited with the loss after allowing 14 hits with three strikeouts and no walks.

Star City scored four runs in the third inning thanks to six errors committed by Watson Chapel.

The Bulldogs also scored two runs in the fourth, one in the sixth and two in the seventh.

Zack House (1-0) earned the victory for Star City after pitching five innings, allowing two hits with two walks and 10 strikeouts.

For Star City, Blake Wynn was 3 for 3 with two RBIs and Austin Powell was 3 for 5 with 3 RBIs. Ty Brown was 3 for 4 and House was 2 for 5.

Chapel had just one hit and scored their run in the second inning. The JV Wildcats struck out a combined 11 times.