ASHDOWN — Pinch-hitter Cole Muckelroy executed a squeeze bunt with bases loaded and drove in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning, putting Star City in the 4A state tournament with a 7-6 victory over Malvern on Friday in the South Region playoffs.
Austin Capps reached first base on a dropped third strike to save Star City from an out in that inning. The next batter then struck out and Blake Wynn was hit by a pitch to bring up Jackson Haynes, who singled to left field.
That brought up Muckelroy for the winning play.
Haynes went 2 for 2, Wynn and Capps each were 2 for 3, and Star City (18-7) totaled 10 hits. Zack House (10-1) scattered seven hits through all seven innings, allowing four earned runs and striking out two to earn the win.
Star City, the 8-4A Conference champion, will play Arkadelphia or Hamburg at 2:30 p.m. today in the South Region semifinals. Star City and Hamburg have split their two-game series this year.
Woodlawn 8, Spring Hill 6
DIERKS — At the 2A South Region tournament, the defending 2A champion Bears (19-8) faced elimination trailing 5-0 going into the bottom of the sixth inning.
Then they scored eight runs.
J.P. Aiken led off the Woodlawn sixth with a double. A walk and Stephen Allbright RBI single followed to put Woodlawn on the board. Blake Erstine’s fly ball to right field was misplayed to allow two runs, Dakota Stitt reached on error to allow Erstine to score, Caleb Holloman made an infield hit, Trey Chapman followed with the same to load the bases, Jacob Richardson knocked a three-run triple, and Aiken followed with an RBI triple.
Richardson and Aiken each had two hits. Bret Boyd struck out eight and pitched 4 2/3 innings of no-hit ball in relief for the win.
Woodlawn will play Dierks at 2:30 p.m. today, with the winner to play the Parkers Chapel/Junction City winner.
Benton 10, Pine Bluff 0
BENTON — Pine Bluff was held to one hit Friday in a shutout loss to Benton.
The Panthers scored eight runs in the fourth inning en route to the victory. Their first two runs came in the first inning.
Pine Bluff’s Braylen Jones was the only one to manage a hit.
J’Marlos Johnson pitched three innings in the loss to Benton. He gave up nine runs (all earned) on eight hits with three walks and no strikeouts. Jordan O’Guinn pitched one inning and allowed one run (unearned) on one hit.
Ridgway Christian 22, Gospel Light 0 (Thu.)
At Seabrook Family Christian Center, two Ridgway pitchers combined for a three-inning no-hit performance.
Blake Pennington hit a three-run inside-the-park home run, and Jacob Andersen also batted in three runs to lead the Eagles (10-7, 5-5 AACS South Region), who will play Gospel Light again at 12:30 p.m. Monday in the AACS state tournament at Seabrook.
Andersen went 3 for 4. Cody Andersen and Demetrius McCullough went 2 for 3 with three runs each.
Cody Andersen struck out four in two innings pitched to improve his record to 5-2. Cody Cheatwood struck out one in a third inning.
White Hall 11, Hope 0 (5 inn.)
HOPE — Sydnee Clark pitched a five-inning perfect game as the Lady Bulldogs tallied 12 hits en route to an 11-0 win over Hope on Monday.
Clark struck out eight and did not allow a walk. She was also 4 for 5 with a double.
Abby Weaver was 2 for 4, Lauren Graves was 2 for 4, Kayla Reap was 2 for 3 and Lindsey Williams was 2 for 3 for the Lady Bulldogs.
White Hall improved to 19-5 overall and 12-1 in the 5A-South. The Lady Bulldogs will play at Magnolia on Monday.
Watson Chapel 9, De Queen 0
Lexie Downing pitched seven innings and scattered six hits as the Watson Chapel Lady Wildcats defeated the De Queen Lady Leopards on Friday at home.
Downing struck out seven and did not issue a walk. Downing was also 2 for 3 at the plate with two doubles.
Maegan Greer was 3 for 4 and Precious Goodwin was 2 for 4 for Watson Chapel.
Chapel scored seven runs in the first, one in the third and one in the fourth. Chapel will play at Hot Springs on Monday at 4:30 p.m.
Watson Chapel improved to 13-4 overall and 11-2 in the 5A-South. They finished in second place in the conference and are scheduled to face Paragould, the three-seed from the East, on Thursday at Hope in the state tournament.
Ridgway Christian 11, Garrett Memorial 2 (Thu.)
At Seabrook, Crystal McVay and Madison Heflin each had three hits and Lauren Rose knocked two more to lead Ridgway (13-2, 9-2 AACS South Region) past Garrett.
Rose struck out four and held Garrett to three hits in a complete-game victory.
Ridgway will play at 5 p.m. Monday in the AACS state tournament at Seabrook.