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Right-hander Brent Ray fired a three hit shut-out to lead Buffalo Island Central to a 6-0 victory over Manila Friday afternoon in the Xtra Innings Classic at Valley View.
Mark Stone hammered his second three-run homer of the tournament to lead the Mustang offense while Isaac Ibanez and Nathan Whitlow each went 2-4 at the plate. Ray scored three runs on the day.
Blake Carr took the loss on the mound for Manila, striking out five.
Taylor Morgan had a triple for Manila while Brian Borden and Michael Carmichael each had a hit.
BIC began the tournament with a 16-4 victory over Rivercrest Thursday morning at Brookland. Southpaw Isaac Ibanez earned the win, striking out eight Colts in six innings of work. Ibanez also helped himself at the plate, stroking a bases loaded double, and finished with four RBIs on the day. Ray also had a big day at the plate, going 3-5 while driving in a pair of runs. Ben Cole had a pair of hits in three at bats while scoring three runs. Dilynn Strickland contributed a two-run double.
Blake Coffman led Rivercrest at the plate with two hits.
Harding Academy put BIC in the loser's bracket, rolling to a 16-6 win later in the day. Harding Academy jumped to a 14-0 lead and coasted to the win.
The Mustangs scored all their runs in the fifth inning, which included Mark Stone's three run blast. Ben Cole and Isaac Ibanez had two hits apiece for BIC. Logan Dewitt pitched two and two thirds innings to take the loss.
BIC rallied from a 4-0 deficit, scoring four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and added the winning run in the bottom of the seventh to pull out a 5-4 victory over Walnut Ridge in 2A-3 Conference action Monday afternoon at Monette.
Nathan Whitlow and Dilynn Strickland both drilled two-run doubles to tie the score 4-4 heading into the seven inning.
The Mustangs picked up the winning run in the seventh without the benefit of a hit. Ben Cole began the inning with a walk and moved from first to third on Isaac Ibanez' sacrifice bunt. Cole came home with the winning run when Jeremy Smith reached on a Bobcat error.
Ibanez picked up the win in relief. Mark Stone and Brent Ray pitched three innings each before Ibanez came on in the seventh to gain the win.
Strickland and Whitlow each finished with a pair of hits for the Mustangs, who finished the week 8-2 overall and 4-1 in league play.
Manila swept a doubleheader Monday afternoon over Harrisburg, winning the opener 14-2 before taking the nightcap 11-1.
Taylor Morgan fired a two-hitter to pick up the win in the opener while Zach Reinhart threw a no-hitter to gain the victory in game two.
Morgan fanned 12 while walking three in five innings of work in game one. Reinhart struck out eight while issuing just one walk in the second game.
In the opener, Blake Carr went a perfect 3-3 at the plate, scoring twice. Reinhart went 2-2, drove in three runs and scored twice. Morgan and Dillon Burrow each went 2-4 with a pair of RBIs. Tracey Reinhart was 2-2 with two runs scored while Jordan Goff went 2-3 with two RBIs and three runs scored.
Tracey Reinhart led the Lions in the nightcap, blasting a two-run homer while finishing 2-3 at the plate. Dillon Burrow went 2-2 with two runs scored and an RBI. Jeremy Goff was 2-3 with two runs scored while Jordan Goff went 2-2 with an RBI.