WHITE HALL – The White Hall Bulldogs scored seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to enforce the 10-run mercy rule Tuesday night as they defeated De Queen 16-6 for their first conference win of the season.
“It feels great,” White Hall head coach Skipp Carr said. “We know all the teams are very good and every game is going to be a dog fight.
“De Queen has a good young team and they will be tough as the year goes on.”
With one out and a runner on first in the bottom of the fifth, White Hall senior Landon Reed reached on an infield single. He later scored thanks to a two-run single by Austin Lewis, which gave the Bulldogs an 11-6 lead.
After senior Justin McCarty walked, senior Tyler Zuber hit a two-run single to plate McCarty and Lewis and give the Bulldogs a 13-6 lead.
Connor Clemons reached on a fielder’s choice and with two outs Tyler Attwood reached on an error by the shortstop. Carr walked again and Dillon James hit a fly ball to left field but was dropped. The error scored two runs and gave the Bulldogs the win.
“After coming off a big weekend, we seemed a little flat starting out,” Skipp Carr said. “Our bats weren’t clicking the way they had been, but we found a way to score some runs and match them early.
“And our guys hit well at the end.”
Reed was 1 for 2 but reached all four times thanks to two walks and an error. He also scored four runs for White Hall.
“He’s good at that,” Carr said. “I hope it continues.”
White Hall trailed 3-1 in the second inning thanks to a pair of RBI singles by Tyler Shelton and Jake Ardnt.
The Bulldogs put up five runs in third inning thanks in part to a three-run home run by Clemons.
Reed and Lewis led off the third with back-to-back walks. A RBI ground out by McCarty scored Reed from third and a wild pitch would later score Lewis to tie the game at 3.
Zuber hit a double and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Kirk Baugh walked to put runners on the corners and Clemons hit a home run to give the Bulldogs a three-run lead.
Lewis is credited with the win after allowing one hit with five strikeouts and three walks in 1 2/3 innings of work.
Tyler Carr picks up the no-decision after a rough day on the mound. He allowed six runs (six earned) on five hits with four walks and three strikeouts.
“He was getting the ball up,” Skipp Carr said. “He never really got comfortable out there today. He’ll be fin and he will do better next time.”
Carr said Tyler was getting behind in the count and “trying to be too fine with his pitches.
Zuber was 3 of 4 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Clemons was 2 of 4 with a home run, four RBIs, and two runs scored. Carr reached base four times including three walks.