Bears stay alive with dramatic seventh


PARKERS CHAPEL — Down by two runs with one out in the seventh, Woodlawn was staring at an earlier-than-usual exit from the postseason.

Then the Bears scored five runs.

Caleb Holleman delivered a two-run single that put Woodlawn ahead, and the Bears gained enough insurance runs to escape the first round of the 2A South Region tournament with a 6-4 win over 7-2A West runner-up Gurdon on Friday.

The prize for Woodlawn (27-4): A third meeting of the season with 7-2A East champion Junction City at noon today. The 7-2A East champion has defeated Woodlawn twice this season, each by one run.

The Bears, who finished third in the 7-2A East, drew two men on base after Trey Chapman was hit by a pitch and Colton Williams walked. After a double steal put the runners on second and third, Jacob Richardson and J.P. Aiken delivered back-to-back one-run singles to tie the game at 3. Another double steal led to Taylor Stitt’s intentional walk to load the bases, bringing up Holleman for his go-ahead hit.

Jayden Fultz hit a sacrifice grounder for the sixth run.

Gurdon loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the seventh, but only manufactured one run.

Holleman went 2 for 4 with three RBIs. He opened the scoring on a third-inning double.

Richardson and Aiken each went 2 for 3 with an RBI.

Stitt pitched the final four innings for the win, allowing a run on no hits and a walk, and striking out one.

Fordyce 4, Centerpoint 0

GENOA — Braden Chambers and Quint Ledbetter each drove in two runs, and the Redbugs shut out the Knights in the first round of the 3A Region 4 playoffs.

Chambers also struck out 10 and allowed two hits in six innings. Ross Rogers kept Centerpoint off the scoreboard in the seventh.

Fordyce will play Genoa Central at noon today.

Brookland 2, Stuttgart 1

LONOKE — Stuttgart’s season ended in excruciating fashion on Friday in the first round of the 4A East regional tournament.

The Ricebirds got the tying run to third base with one out in the top of the seventh inning, but a strikeout and fly out ended their season.

Carter Ward went 2 for 4 and scored the Ricebirds’ only run in the first inning.

Jack Morgan pitched a solid game for Stuttgart (10-11). His only blemish came in the second inning when he allowed a two-run homer that proved to be the game-winner.

Arkadelphia 11, Monticello 1 (6 inn.)

STAR CITY — The Billies’ season came to an end with the run-rule loss in the first round of the 4A South region.

The top-seeded Badgers took a 6-1 lead into the bottom of the sixth before scoring five in the frame to end the game early.

Garrett Jeffers scored the only run of the game for Monticello in the top of the sixth.

Jeffers was 1 for 2 with a walk and Christian Paul was 2 for 2 for the Billies.

Arkadelphia, the defending state champion, qualifies for the 4A state tournament and will face Hamburg, which defeated Central Arkansas Christian 14-6, in the regional semifinals at noon Saturday.

SOFTBALL

Woodlawn 4, Lafayette County 2

PARKERS CHAPEL — The 7-2A East District champion Lady Bears (21-6) got off to a hot start and held on to knock the Lady Cougars out of the 2A South Region tournament.

Megan Howard drove in two runs and batted 2 for 3 with a triple to lead Woodlawn. Madisyn Stewart was 2 for 4.

Lily Henderson held Lafayette County to five hits in a complete-game win.

Woodlawn will play Junction City at noon today in the semifinal round.

Genoa Central 16, McGehee 1 (4 inn.)

GENOA — The Lady Owls season came to a close with the run-rule loss to the 3A Region 4 hosts.

Shakyla Begnaud tripled and Samantha Gillespie singled her home to give McGehee a short-lived 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

McGehee finishes the season at 7-13.

Sheridan 2, Texarkana 0

TEXARKANA — For the second straight season, the Lady ‘Jackets finished 14-0 in the 7A/6A-South Conference.

Sheridan (26-1) did all of its damage in the top of the first inning on Friday.

Lauren Mitchell reached on a single, Sydney Bonner walked and Corbin Talbert was hit by a pitch to load the bases. With two outs, Morgan White hit a two-run single that proved to be the difference.

Bonner earned the win in the rain-shortened game. She had one strikeout and allowed two hits in limited work.

Sheridan will close the regular season against Sylvan Hills on Tuesday and will face Little Rock Hall in the first round of the 6A state tournament at 10 a.m. Thursday in Benton.

The McGehee baseball game against Horatio at Genoa Central was postponed and will be played at 2 p.m. Saturday. The Sheridan baseball game at Texarkana was postponed with the score tied 1-1 in the bottom of the second. The game will be resumed at 4 p.m. Tuesday.