WOODLAWN — Apparently a drop in temperature is all Woodlawn needed for its bats to heat up.
After struggling to find hits during last week’s Los Toritos Spring Break Tournament, the Bears combined for eight hits as they defeated Little Rock Parkview 11-1 in five innings on Monday.
“Maybe it was way too warm for us last week,” Woodlawn (8-5) head coach Tommy Richardson said. “I thought we hit the ball well and we had a lot of ‘money hits.’”
Richardson described the ‘money hits’ as those that come with two outs and runners in scoring position.
“Those were the big hits and that’s what drives runs in and we did it today,” Richardson said.
Senior Bret Boyd hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to seal the 10-run victory. It was Boyd’s third hit of the game as he finished 3 of 3 with four runs scored, a stolen base and a walk.
“We give a marble for the player of the game,” Richardson said. “Seniors get to pick it and give it to an underclassman, so he doesn’t get one.
“But if he was an underclassman, he would have gotten the marble today. He had four great at-bats.”
Boyd’s home run scored junior Colton Williams, who had reached on a walk to begin the inning.
Woodlawn scored four runs – all on two outs – in the second inning to take a 6-1 lead.
“That’s the difference between playing somebody close or going on and finishing the deal,” Richardson said.
After seeing roughly seven pitches, Boyd hit a single with two outs to reach first. Junior Trey Chapman reached on an error by the second baseman and junior Jacob Richardson hit a RBI single to plate Boyd from second.
An error at first base allowed sophomore pitcher J.P. Aiken to reach. Sophomore Caleb Holleman hit a two-run single and Stephen Allbright followed with a RBI single.
“I don’t know how many hits we had today but we hit the ball well,” Tommy Richardson said.
Aikens was credited with the victory after allowing just one run (earned) on one hit in four innings of work. He also allowed five walks with eight strikeouts.
“I thought he threw well,” Richardson said. “He didn’t seem to have his off-speed stuff today and that is typical on a cold day.
“But he threw his fastball well.”
Richardson said Aiken’s pitch count was a little high as he threw about 70 pitches in just four innings of work.
Parkview took a 1-0 lead in the first after Joseph Yarberry hit a RBI single to plate Caelon Harden – who reached on an error.
Woodlawn scored two runs in the bottom of the first to take its first and final lead of the game.
Jacob Richardson hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the third to give the Bears a 9-1 lead.
With one out, Williams and Boyd reached on a pair of walks. After a strikeout by Chapman, Richardson hit a three-run shot over the right field wall.
Richardson finished the game 2 for 2 with two runs scored and four RBIs.
Chapman was 1 for 3 with a stolen base and two runs scored. Holleman was 1 for 3 with two RBIs and Allbright was 1 for 2 with a walk and a RBI.
Woodlawn will host Magnet Cove today at 4:30 p.m.