BIC opens 2A-3 District Tournament with win over Cross County

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Buffalo Island Central opened the 2A-3 District Tournament with a 5-2 victory over Cross County Thursday afternoon at Rector.

Austin Pike's two-run homer in the first inning spotted the Mustangs an early 2-0 lead and BIC held on behind a strong pitching performance from senior right hander Alex Ballin to hang on for the win.

Ballin went the distance, striking out eight Thunderbirds while giving up two runs, one earned. Alan Carmichael added a pair of hits for BIC and also scored twice.

The win improved BIC's record to 8-10 on the year.

The Mustangs began the week with a 5-4 victory over Armorel Monday afternoon at Monette. The visiting Tigers grabbed an early 2-0 lead before BIC rallied to tie the game 2-2 after three innings.

BIC used a three-run fifth inning to take a 5-2 lead and held that advantage until the top of the seventh inning. The Tigers rallied in the seventh, scoring twice, but the comeback fell short as the Mustangs held on for the one-run win.

Jacob Sanders, Alan Carmichael and Alex Ballin combined on a seven-hitter with Ballin pitching the final three innings to earn the victory.

Sanders led the Mustangs at the plate, going 3-4, while Austin Pike also had a pair of singles. Devon Ballin added a two-run single in the Mustang's pivotal three-run fifth inning.

BIC closed out the regular season, dropping a 5-4 extra inning affair Tuesday afternoon at Harrisburg.

Connor Haag's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning scored the winning run to give the Hornets the victory. Haag finished the day with a single and three RBI. Haag also pitched six innings, giving up four hits and one earned run while fanning four Mustangs.

Arizona Sharp picked up the win in relief, throwing three shutout innings, allowing just one hit while striking out four.

Sharp had a pair of hits while Matt Walton added a two-run single for the Hornets. Ayson Lamb and Drew Price both had a pair of hits for Harrisburg.

Austin Pike singled, doubled, stole a base and scored a run to lead the Mustangs. Dilynn Strickland worked 6 2/3 innings for BIC, scattering nine hits while limiting Harrisburg to two runs. Strickland struck out four Hornets while issuing two base on balls. Alex Ballin took the loss in relief.

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