Preps Roundup: Hill rescues ‘Dogs against Billies


MONTICELLO — Garry Hill bailed out Blake Wynn and Star City in the seventh inning of Thursday’s game.

Wynn, who threw 6 2/3 innings, had loaded the bases before Hill came on and struck out Tucker Ward to preserve the 2-1 win.

The Bulldogs (15-4, 9-1 in 8-4A) overcame a 1-0 deficit with runs in the fifth and the sixth. Austin Powell doubled in Hunter Logan to give Star City the lead.

Errors spoiled a solid complete-game outing by Blake Holstead as he allowed just two unearned runs on four hits with five strikeouts.

Ward led Monticello (6-6, 4-4) with two hits and drove in the Billies’ only run in the first inning to score Chris Kelley.

White Hall 9, Camden Fairview 0

WHITE HALL — Antoine Luster threw a complete-game shutout in a 5A-South contest played Thursday at White Hall High School due to poor field conditions in Camden.

The junior, who had a no-hitter last week against Hot Springs, held the Cardinals to four hits while striking out seven.

Aaron Johnston led the White Hall offense, going 3 for 3. B.J. Pullman (2 for 4) was the only other player to get multiple hits for the Bulldogs (10-6, 6-2).

White Hall will travel to Bryant for a 5 p.m. game on Monday.

Sheridan 7, Lake Hamilton 0

SHERIDAN — Tyler Raney led the Yellowjackets at the dish and on the mound in Thursday’s 7A/6A-South win.

Raney hurled a complete-game shutout canceling out six hits with six strikeouts. He also had a two-RBI single and a run scored.

Nathan Wylie had a two-RBI double and Hunter Strong added two hits, an RBI and a run scored for Sheridan (16-4, 7-2).

Texarkana 2, Pine Bluff 1

TEXARKANA — The Zebras nearly gained revenge for an embarrasing early-season loss to the Razorbacks, but instead slumped to their fourth-straight narrow loss on Thursday.

Texarkana, which beat Pine Bluff 19-3 in both squads 7A/6A-South opener, spoiled a solid outing by J’Marlos Johnson. The senior went the distance giving up just one earned run despite allowing nine hits and three walks.

In the last two weeks, Pine Bluff (9-8, 2-6) has dropped close game with El Dorado (4-2), Sheridan (6-4), Benton (5-4) and now Texarkana.

The Razorbacks took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first before the Zebras tied the game in the third. Texarkana took the lead for good with a run in the fourth as Braden Warner shut down Pine Bluff the rest of the way to earn the complete-game victory.

Junction City 2, Woodlawn 1

WOODLAWN — The Bears managed just two hits against the Dragons and suffered a second-straight narrow 8-2A Conference loss on Thursday.

J.P. Aiken took the hard-luck loss allowing both runs on five hits with two walks to go with seven strikeouts. Jacob Richardson came on in the sixth and finished off the final two frames.

Junction City led off the game with a home run, but Woodlawn (17-3, 0-2) knotted the score in the fourth on its only two hits.

Richardson doubled and Aiken followed with an RBI single, but the Dragons regained the lead in the sixth inning en route to the win.

Woodlawn will go on the road to face Rison at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Lonoke 5, Stuttgart 1

STUTTGART — The Jackrabbits plated four runs in the top of the seventh to top the Ricebirds in a 2-4A Conference game on Thursday.

Stuttgart (6-8, 3-2) took an early lead with a run in the first on Blake Marks’ single to score Carter Ward but the Ricebirds wouldn’t cross the plate again.

Lonoke tied the game with a run in the fourth before the seventh-inning outburst.

Stuttgart’s Jack Morgan was given a no-decision after pitching the first 5 2/3 innings and allowing just one unearned run. Ward and Preston Earlywine finished with two hits apiece for the Ricebirds.