The Lions reached the semi-finals of the Pioneer Classic in Batesville, but Heber Springs spoiled Manila's march to the championship with a 6-1 victory Wednesday afternoon.
Jace Elkins and Kyle Evans both went 2-2 to pace the Lions offensively. Elkins scored Manila's only run and stole three bases while Evans had an RBI double and stole one base. Ross Malloy finished 1-2 at the plate. Chad Nunnally went the distance to take the loss, giving up 11 hits while striking out three and walking three. Nunnally gave up all six Heber Springs runs, four earned.
Manila traveled to Bay Thursday afternoon and dropped a 10-5 non-conference decision to the Yellowjackets. Michael Shedd pitched four and one third innings in suffering the loss. Shedd gave up 10 runs, seven earned, while surrendering 12 hits. The righthander struck out two and walked three. Freshman southpaw Blake Wheeler pitched one and two thirds innings of shut-out baseball, striking out two while finishing up on the mound for the Lions.
Ross Malloy went 3-4 with a double and two RBIs while Chad Nunnally was 3-3 with an RBI to pace the Manila offensively. Kyle Evans finished 2-4 with a double and a run scored. Jace Elkins was 1-3 with an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base. Luke McLaughlin was 1-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Frankie Cowgill was 1-4 with a run scored and two stolen bases while Trey McCormick had an RBI and scored a run.
The loss evens Manila's record on the year at 13-13. The Lions are scheduled to face Black Rock Monday afternoon at home in non-conference action. Manila will begin District Tournament play Friday at Hoxie against Piggott. If the Lions win, they will face Marmaduke Saturday.
Buffalo Island Central
Senior lefthander Garrett Qualls fired a two-hit shut-out to lead Buffalo Island Central to a 1-0 victory over Crowley's Ridge Academy in 2A-3 conference baseball action Thursday afternoon at Paragould.
BIC (10-7, 6-1) scored the only run of the game on Jordan Phillips' RBI single in the sixth inning that drove in Trevor Matheny with the winning run.
Qualls went the distance, striking out nine while walking two in out-pitching CRA's Alan Williams, who tossed a three-hitter of his own while striking out six Mustangs.
Chad Williams had BIC's other two hits while Jeremy Smith and Will Woodruff had one hit apiece for CRA.
BIC traveled to Lepanto Monday afternoon and came up on the short end of a 12-0 shutout at the hands of the East Poinsett County Warriors.
EPC (22-3, 10-1 3A-3) jumped on top early when Steven Emerich drilled a bases loaded double to give the Warriors a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Brett Hardin went five innings, giving up just two hits, to pick up the win. The junior righthander struck out 11 while issuing just one walk.
BIC will return to action Monday when they travel to Marked Tree to face the Indians in a 2A-3 conference game. The Mustangs will take on Riverside Tuesday afternoon at Lake City in another conference match-up before hosting Nettleton Thursday afternoon in a 4:00 non-conference game at Monette.
The Mustangs will host the 2A-3 District Tournament April 21-24.
Riverside dropped a pair of conference games last week, losing 7-5 at Rector and 7-2 at Marked Tree.
The Rebels traveled to Rector Monday and dropped a two-run decision despite collecting 10 hits. Five Rebels collected two hits each, including Cody Richardson, Jordan Adcock, Garrett Weaver, Taylor Pittman and Tyler Warhurst.
Weaver took the loss for the Rebels, who fell to 4-12 and 3-4 in conference play.
Tony Loveless went the distance for Rector, pitching seven innings, striking out eight while walking three. Dalton Shaw paced the Cougars offensively, going 3-4, as Rector improved to 7-8 overall and 6-3 in league play.
The Rebels journeyed to Marked Tree Friday and fell victim to the Indians, 7-2. Matt Malone pitched a complete game to pick up the win and also finished 2-3 from the plate with a triple and a double. Malone (6-3) struck out 12 and walked three while scattering four hits.
Riverside will return to action Tuesday when they host Buffalo Island Central at Lake City. The Rebels will begin District Tournament play Saturday at Monette.