Town Crier Sports Staff
Jordan Phillips drilled a two-run homer and Chad Williams picked up the win on the mound as Buffalo Island Central downed Brookland 8-4 Saturday afternoon in the Craighead County Baseball Tournament at Monette.
BIC scored three runs in the first inning and two more in the second to build a 5-0 lead, before Brookland battled back to cut the margin to 5-3 when Levi Thornton socked a three run homer in the top of the third inning. Brookland added a run in the fourth to pull within 5-4, but the Mustangs answered with a run in the fourth and put the game away when Phillips drilled a two-run homer to left field in the bottom of the sixth. Phillips also scored three runs in the game.
Cody Smith had a single, scored three times and stole a base while senior Garrett Qualls had a single and scored two runs. Williams also picked up an RBI single.
Williams went six innings, striking out one to pick up the win. Qualls pitched the seventh to record the save.
"I thought we swung the bats a little better today," said BIC Coach Todd Rhoades. "Chad threw a good game. He gave up a three run homer that kind of put them back in the game, but he came back after that and only allowed one more run. Garrett came on in the seventh inning and threw really well. J. P. (Jordan Phillips) had a couple of hits yesterday and a couple today. He is starting to find that rhythm."
The Mustangs opened the tournament against Rivercrest and fell to the Colts (14-5) by a 10-2 score. Oury Beall crashed a home run and a double and drove in two runs to lead the Colts, who scored three times in both the fourth and fifth innings to put the game away.
BIC jumped to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI single by Chad Williams, but Beall's solo home run in the second tied the score. Jordan Phillips led BIC at the plate, going 2-3 while scoring a run.
Rivercrest' Josh Fleming gave up just three hits and one walk while striking out 15 Mustangs.
"We stayed with Rivercrest until the fourth inning," stated Rhoades. "But we made a couple of errors and it snowballed on us. They really swing the bats well. They are a good team."
BIC (9-6, 5-1) will resume play Monday afternoon when they travel to Lepanto to take on East Poinsett County in a non-conference game. The Mustangs play host to Marked Tree in a 2A-3 conference match-up Tuesday afternoon and travel to Paragould Thursday to take on Crowley's Ridge Academy in another conference game. BIC will conclude their week by hosting Westside in a non-conference contest Friday afternoon at 4:30, followed by a 1 p.m. game with Brookland on Saturday at Monette.