Bears escape Outlaws for third place


EL DORADO — Woodlawn scored all three of its runs in the top of the first inning, and that was all it needed.

Dierks didn’t score until the bottom of the seventh with two unearned runs, but Taylor Stitt managed to prevent further damage by the Outlaws and picked up the save in a 3-2 victory for third place in the 2A South Region tournament Monday at Parkers Chapel. Woodlawn will play the second seed from the North Region, either Marked Tree or Walnut Ridge, at 12:30 p.m. Thursday in the first round of the 2A state tournament at Taylor Field in Pine Bluff.

Woodlawn (28-5) opened the scoring on a Jacob Richardson single that sent Trey Chapman across the plate. With runners at the corners, Caleb Holleman hit a one-run single, and Stephen Allbright was hit-by-a-pitch with bases loaded.

But the Bears left bases loaded in the first two innings, helping the Outlaws stay in the game.

Holleman went 3 for 4 to lead the Bears. J.P. Aiken struck out five and allowed two hits in the first 2 2/3 innings for the win, and Richardson gave up two more hits in the next 3 1/3.

Parkers Chapel defeated Junction City 4-3 for the regional championship Monday.

Fordyce 7, Horatio 5

GENOA — Jakeymes Gates launched a three-run homer in the fifth inning, and it proved big for the Redbugs in the third-place game of the 3A Region 4 tournament.

Ross Rogers pitched the first three innings and earned the win. Gates worked the next three and Braden Chambers picked up the save.

Fordyce, last year’s 3A state runner-up, will take on Mayflower at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Pippen Field in Harrison.

Genoa Central defeated Smackover 15-5 in six innings in the regional final.

SOFTBALL

White Hall 11, Magnolia 10

WHITE HALL — Camryn Williams’ double in the seventh inning set up a game-winning triple by Abby Weaver in the Lady Bulldogs’ one-run victory over the Lady Panthers.

Bethany Brown, the courtesy runner, plated the winning run.

The play completed a dramatic comeback for White Hall (19-5, 13-1 in 5A-South), which was down 9-3 through four innings and pulled within 10-9 in the fifth.

Karia Hall led White Hall going 3 for 4 with a triple. Weaver was 2 for 5.

White Hall, the two-time defending state champion, will play Little Rock Christian or Little Rock McClellan at 10 a.m. Thursday at Dupree Park in Jacksonville to begin the 5A tournament.

Malvern 12, Monticello 10

NASHVILLE — Monticello’s 4A South Region tournament run ended with more heartbreak.

Two days after blowing a two-run lead to lose 10-9 to Nashville, the Lady Billies again could not hold on to a late lead and dropped the third-place game to the Lady Leopards.

No statistics were available. Monticello, which hosts the 4A state tournament, will take on the North Region runner-up at 12:30 p.m. Thursday.