WOODLAWN — Friday afternoon was the final home game for five Woodlawn seniors, but it was a pair of juniors that led the Bears to victory.
Taylor Stitt pitched a complete game and J.P. Aiken led an impressive offense as Woodlawn defeated Hampton, 12-0 in five innings.
Stitt allowed four hits and a walk but struck out seven in the shutout. He also went 2 for 3 at the dish with three RBIs.
Aiken was a perfect 2 for 2 and drove in four runs.
Junior Caleb Holleman finished 2 for 3 with an RBI, while seniors Jacob Richardson and Colton Williams and junior Colby Ferguson each drove in a run.
The Bears (21-3, 4-2 in 7-2A) will play a pair of games at Central Arkansas — where Richardson has signed on to play next year — on Saturday. Woodlawn will face Crossett at 2:30 p.m. and South Side Bee Branch at 5.
Star City 6, Hamburg 3
STAR CITY — The Bulldogs moved into sole possession of first place in the 8-4A Conference with a home win over the Lions on Friday.
Max Ross led Star City (17-4, 11-1) with a pair of hits in four trips. Tye Brown drove in a pair of runs.
Garry Hill earned the victory after throwing 3 2/3 innings of relief. Blake Wynn threw the first 3 1/3 innings for the Bulldogs. Both pitchers struck out five Lions (10-2 in 8-4A).
Star City needs to win at least one of its final two conference games — Monday against DeWitt and Thursday against Crossett — to guarantee a share of the regular season championship.
Benton 7, Sheridan 2
SHERIDAN — The Yellowjackets took a 2-1 lead into the fifth inning but three errors and three hits in the frame helped the Panthers grab a 5-2 lead.
Benton (8-2 in 7A/6A-South) added two insurance runs in the seventh.
Tyler Raney took the loss for Sheridan (17-5, 7-3). He tossed 5 2/3 innings while allowing seven runs on nine hits with three walks and six strikeouts.
Evan Thompson had an RBI single for the Yellowjackets that gave them a 2-1 lead in the third inning.
Sheridan 3, Benton 1
SHERIDAN — Sydney Bonner hurled a five-hitter and the Lady Jackets improved to 20-1 with a hard-fought win over the Lady Panthers.
Lauren Mitchell set the table in both of Sheridan’s scoring frames. She reached in the bottom of the first and scored on a hit by Corbin Talbert.
After Benton scored in the top of the third, Sheridan responded with a pair in the bottom of the frame.
Mitchell started things with a single, she advanced to third on a hit by Hunter Clark and scored on another hit by Talbert. Clark came in to score on Charlie Names’ hit.
Sheridan is 8-0 in 7A/6A-South play and holds a two-game lead over Bryant, which it plays twice next week (Tuesday at Bryant and Thursday at home).
The Andrew Butler Relays originally scheduled for Thursday and then rescheduled for Friday were canceled.