Watson Chapel had made a game of it with eight runs in the sixth inning and, after a two-run home run for Star City, evened the score with three in the seventh.
But it took five more innings to determine a winner on Watson Chapel’s home field. Star City solved the issue with four runs in the 12th and took a 16-12 win Saturday.
The host Wildcats (2-3) have lost three straight, including one-run defeats to Sheridan and Pine Bluff. But they seemed determined to end the short skid with their big sixth inning in which the Bulldogs (5-1) hit three batters.
Garry Hall smashed a two-run shot in the seventh to make it a 12-9 Star City lead. Then in the bottom of the inning, Landen Colson got Watson Chapel’s rally going with a one-run double. Another run scored as Jacob Owen reached on a dropped third strike, and Jaylen Jackson pushed across the tying run on a sacrifice grounder.
Neither team scored until the 12th, when the Bulldogs tagged Josh Dardenne for four runs. With bases loaded, Max Ross drove in the go-ahead run on a single. Tye Brown then knocked in two runs on a double and Ross scored on a squeeze bunt.
Ross also made a key defensive play in the 11th to keep the Bulldogs alive. He turned a double play with bases loaded.
Star City went ahead 3-0 in the first inning on Austin Capps’ three-run blast and had a 10-1 lead before Watson Chapel posted eight in the sixth. Star City finished with 20 hits to Watson Chapel’s 13, while the Wildcats were plagued with six errors.
Hill went 4 for 7 with four RBIs, Capps was 3 for 6 with three RBIs, Blake Wynn went 3 for 7 and Tye Brown was 3 for 4 with three walks. Brown reached on an error, giving him a 1.000 on-base percentage on the day.
Colson and Jackson each lined two hits and drove in three runs. Dardenne also had two hits.
Capps, who pitched all five extra innings, took the win. He gave up a hit, walked four and struck out two.
Columbia Christian 25, Ridgway Christian 1
Southwest Christian 23, Ridgway Christian 0
MAGNOLIA — The Eagles finished in fourth place in the Arkansas Association of Christian Schools Preseason Tournament following a couple of blowout losses on Saturday.
Lucas Blake had a triple and Ridgway’s only RBI of the day.
The Eagles (1-3) are scheduled to host Hot Springs-based Christian Ministries on Tuesday.
Bentonville 7, White Hall 1
White Hall 1, Sylvan Hills 0
BENTON — The White Hall softball team finished up the Drew Melton Memorial Tournament with a Saturday split.
After losing to Bentonville, the Lady Dogs rebounded to edge Sylvan Hills in a game shortened by rain.
White Hall (4-1) will travel to Bald Knob on Monday.