Digest for 03-09-13


LOCAL

Young aces No. 7 at Jaycee

Gerald Young used a 9-iron from 125 yards out at the seventh hole at Jaycee Golf Course to convert a hole-in-one Friday.

Doc Daugherty and Jim Smith witnessed Young’s shot.

UAM opens series with 7-3 win

MONTICELLO — The Arkansas-Monticello baseball team used a six-run first inning to defeat Ouachita Baptist 7-3 at home on Friday in the first game of a three-game Great American Conference Series.

OBU (9-10-1) started the scoring with a run in the top of the first on an RBI groundout from Keegan Ghidotti.

In the six-run first inning, the Boll Weevils (12-8, 6-4 GAC) totaled three hits, but scored most of their runs on six walks, three coming with the bases loaded. Sophomore Bronson Gillam, senior Taylor Eaves and junior Alex Lang all had bases loaded walks to go along with RBI singles from junior Stephen Martinez senior T.J. Cox.

UAM scored its final run in the bottom of the second, increasing its lead to 7-1 on an RBI groundout from Cox.

Senior Bobby Bryan (3-2) earned the win after allowing three runs (two earned) with two strikeouts and two walks in the first 6.1 innings.

The Boll Weevils and Tigers conclude the three-game GAC set on Saturday with a double-header starting at noon at Weevils Field.

Blossoms split doubleheader

ADA, Okla — The Arkansas-Monticello softball team lost to East Central 1-0 in Friday’s first game before recording a 6-2 victory in the second half of the road double-header to improve to 5-1 in Great American Conference games.

The Cotton Blossoms (17-9, 5-1 GAC) broke their scoreless streak in the top of the first inning, getting an RBI double from Randa Perry to score junior Hannah Pendley, who singled to lead off the game.

The two squads conclude the four-game series on Saturday with a double-header starting at noon.

SWAC tourney moves to Fort Worth

For the SWAC baseball champion, the road to the NCAA tournament will go through Fort Worth, Texas.

The SWAC announced that 5,100-seat LaGrave Field in Fort Worth will be the site for this year’s conference tournament, scheduled for May 15-19. The field, which opened in 1926, has hosted nearly 50 members of the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame, according to a release, and is home to the Fort Worth Cats of the minor-league United Baseball League.

The top four teams in each of the Western and Eastern Divisions of the conference will qualify for the tournament.

— Staff and wire reports