Marmaduke used the long ball and a strong pitching performance by junior righthander Trent Smith to lead the Greyhounds to a 9-6 victory over Manila in 3A-3 conference action Monday afternoon at Manila.
Smith went the distance on the mound, scattering eight hits while giving up only four earned runs. Smith struck out three and issued four walks to help Marmaduke improve to 9-6 overall and 6-1 in league play.
The Greyhounds went deep twice with Caleb Bell and Jonathan Beck both clearing the bases with home runs. Bell finished the day 4-4 at the plate while Jacob Mason added three more hits in the 12 hit Marmaduke attack.
Jace Elkins and Chad Nunnally both went 2-4 to pace the Manila offense. Elkins also had a double and scored a run while Nunnally ripped an RBI double. Frankie Cowgill doubled, drove in a run, scored twice and stole three bases. Ross Malloy had a single, scored a run and swiped two bases while Kyle Evans and Michael Shedd had a single apiece.
Shedd pitched two innings in suffering the loss as he saw his record drop to 5-2 on the year. The righthander allowed six hits and six runs, all earned, while walking four batters. Nunnally pitched the last five innings, giving up six hits and three runs, all earned. Nunnally struck out three and did not walk a batter.
The Lions traveled to Batesville Tuesday and Thursday for the Pioneer Classic and came away with a pair of victories to advance to this week's semi-finals, where they will face Heber Springs.
The Lions out-slugged Marked Tree 15-8 Tuesday afternoon as Kyle Evans and Frankie Cowgill both went 3-5 at the plate to pace a 16 hit attack for Manila. Evans drilled a solo home run, scored twice and stole a pair of bases while Cowgill had a double, drove in a game high four runs, scored three times and swiped a pair of bases.
Jace Elkins had a pair of singles, an RBI, scored twice and stole a base. Michael Shedd went 2-3 with a double and scored a pair of runs. Trey McCormick had a pair of base hits, including an RBI single, and scored twice. acob Britt had a single and scored three runs while Ross Malloy and Luke McLaughlin both laced two-run singles. Chad Nunnally finished with a single and a run scored.
Nunnally went the distance to pick up the win, scattering eight hits while giving up eight runs, three of which were earned. The righthander struck out four and walked four.
Williams Ruthven took the loss for the Indians. Phillip Bickerstaff, Colby Packer and Matt Malone all had two hits apiece.
The Lions built an 8-2 lead, but watched Marked Tree (9-9) score six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the score 8-8. Manila came right back, scoring seven times in the top of the seventh to secure the win.
Manila ripped Walnut Ridge 15-5 in a game called after five innings in Thursday afternoon's quarter-final game.
Michael Shedd (6-2) pitched all five innings to pick up the win. Shedd gave up only two hits and only one earned run. Shedd struck out three and issued five bases on balls.
Jace Elkins led Manila at the plate, going 3-4, as the Lions pounded out 13 hits on the day. Elkins stole six bases, drove in a pair of runs and scored three times.
Kyle Evans had a single, a double and drove in three runs. Evans scored twice and stole two bases. Luke McLaughlin went 2-3 with an RBI and two runs scored. Jacob Britt also finished 2-3 at the plate with four stolen bases and three runs scored. Frankie Cowgill had a single and three RBIs. Cowgill also scored twice and stole a base. Trey McCormick had an RBI single, scored two runs and stole a base while Michael Shedd had a single, scored once and stole a base. Ross Malloy added an RBI single.
Manila evened their record at 11-11 on the season. The Lions will return to action Monday when they host Westside and will play a semi-final game in the Pioneer Classic Wednesday afternoon against Heber Springs.