The Buffalo Island Bashers, a 15-16 year old boys baseball team made up of players from Monette, Leachville, Lake City, Manila and Valley View, started off their season with two victories last week.
On Monday the Bashers had 11 hits while defeating Marmaduke 12-1. They were led offensively by Cody Richardson, who had 3 hits and 2 runs batted in. Chad Williams had 2 hits, Mike Arant 2 hits, Chad Nunnaly 2 RBI's, Trevor Matheny 1 hit, 2 walks and 3 runs scored. Shawn Matthews had 1 hit and 2 runs scored. Jansen Newcom had 1 hit and 1 run scored. Williams and Richardson also scored 2 runs each.
The Bashers came out aggressive in the first inning, scoring 5 runs and adding 3 more in the second inning, one in the fourth and 3 in the fifth.
The Bashers held Marmaduke to only one hit and one run behind the pitching of Trevor Matheny. Matheny only faced 18 batters, striking out 8 and giving up 1 hit, with no walks in the complete 5 inning game.
On Tuesday the Basher's had their hands full with Piggott. After jumping out to an early 2 run lead, in the top of the first, they found themselves down 6-2, after 3 innings. In the top of the fourth the Bashers rallied back to score 6 runs, to take the lead for the rest of the game. The Bashers picked up two more runs in the 5th and one in the 6th, to win the game 11-8.
Matheny, Williams and Matthews lead the team offensively, each with 2 hits. Nunnaly, Newcom and Dillon Osment had one hit each. Matthews also had 2 RBI's, while Matheny, Williams, Nunnaly, Osment and Josh Jones had one RBI for the Bashers.
After a shaky outing by starter Chad Williams, Shawn Matthews came in to get the 3rd out in the first inning, and went on to pitch 4 more innings, striking out 8 Piggott batters. Nunnaly came in and pitched the 6th and 7th for the save, striking out 5 batters in the two innings of work.
The Bashers next games are scheduled for Tuesday, May 24, at Bay at 6 p.m., Thursday and Friday, May 26 and 27, at home in Monette, at 8 p.m.
Mike Matheny and Don Nunnaly serve as Bashers coaches. Home games will be played at Mustang Field, in Monette.
Sponsors of the Bashers team include Dr. Bruce Wilson, Kenny Qualls Farm, Shelby Phillips, Peewee and Patty Gathright, and Southworth Inc.
"The BI on our caps, sure bring out a lot of questions," said Mike Matheny. "We are asked if we forgot to put the "C" on our hats, and what exactly does BI stand for. The truth is when boys reach these ages there are so many different avenues for them to go. This year we had to combine our surrounding towns to have enough to play. Since we are from different towns in the Buffalo Island area, and didn't want to pick a school mascot, we came up with the Buffalo Island Bashers.
"They are a really good team," said Matheny. "All but one of the players, Garrett Qualls, are 15 years old. So that makes Garrett the old man on the team, and he will be a good leader for us."
The rest of the team includes: Trevor Matheny, Chad Williams, Mike Arant, are from Monette; Jansen Newcom, Shane Harvill, of Leachville; Chad Nunnaly and Josh Jones, of Manila; Cody Richardson, Shawn Matthews, Garrett Qualls, of Lake City; Dillion Osment and Chase Cooper from Valley View.