The White Hall Bulldogs are chomping at the bit.
Just a half-game behind Watson Chapel in the 5A-South Conference, White Hall (13-4, 7-1) is seeking a bit of revenge after the Wildcats (14-2, 8-1) defeated the Bulldogs 12-10 on March 28.
Chapel scored seven runs in the bottom of the sixth to rally from a four-run deficit to defeat cross-town rival White Hall at home.
Chapel senior Cameron Banks was credited with the win after pitching 3 1/3 innings and allowing three runs on four hits with four strikeouts and no walks. He was also 2 for 3 with three RBIs, a run and a walk.
White Hall will host Chapel on Monday beginning at 4 p.m.
White Hall will lean on pitching again as the Bulldogs have been just completely dominant on the mound in the last couple of games. White Hall defeated Camden Fairview last Friday after Tyler Zuber tossed a complete-game, striking out 15 and allowing just four hits and a walk.
Last Tuesday, White Hall’s Tyler Carr threw a perfect game in a 12-0, five-inning win over Hot Springs.
Watson Chapel scored six runs in the second inning as the Wildcats defeated Magnolia 9-5 on Friday at home. Josh Dardenne took the win after pitching three innings, allowing four runs on four hits with no walks and three strikeouts.
Sophomore Jaylen Jackson pitched four innings of relief and allowed just one run on four hits. He also struck out three batters and walked two. Banks led the Wildcats, finishing 1 for 2 with two runs and two RBIs.
Concerning the rivalry between the two schools, Watson Chapel head coach Chad Cope said earlier this week, “The kids know what it is.”
“Having friends on each other’s teams just adds a little bit to it,” Cope said. “White Hall has a very good team.”
Carr will more than likely start in Monday’s game. The last time he faced Chapel, he pitched 4 1/3 innings and allowed five runs on four hits with six walks and three strikeouts.
For Chapel, Justin Pierce is expected to start since Dardenne pitched on Friday and is recovering from a sore arm.
On April 18, Pierce pitched six innings against Hope. He allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits with two walks and seven strikeouts.