Episcopal Collegiate edges Lions 1-0 in 3A State tournament
Manila suffered a quick exit from the Class 3A State Baseball Tournament Thursday night at Harding Academy in Searcy, losing a tough 1-0 decision to Episcopal Collegiate despite a strong pitching performance from senior right hander Brady Jones.
Jones was dominant throughout most of the game, surrendering only one hit while striking out 11 Wildcats. Jones (8-2) was touched for the game's only run in the bottom of the second inning. A pair of walks by Jones to start the inning put runners at first and second with no outs. A sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third and the Wildcats pushed across what proved to be the game winning run on a fielder's choice groundout.
Manila threatened in the top of the sixth when Alex Richard reached on a single to begin the inning, but was left stranded at third when Colbey Williams was called out on strikes on what appeared to be ball four. Manila Coach Bill Taylor argued with the home plate umpire, but to no avail.
The Lions went down in order in the seventh as their season came to an end. Manila finished with three hits, one each by Richard, Caleb Reinhart and Zac Riley.
The Lions advanced to the state tournament behind Jones' no-hitter in a 6-1 victory over Flippin Monday afternoon at Harrison. The senior flamethrower fanned 20 Bobcats and walked six. Jones helped his own cause with a single, a stolen base and a run scored.
Zac Riley had a two-run single and stole a base, Caleb Reinhart singled, scored twice and swiped a pair of bases, Nick Carmichael had an RBI single and stole a base while Zach Reinhart and Trey Walker both singled and scored runs. Alex Richard added a single while Jordan Goff knocked in a run for the Lions.
Manila fell in the regional semifinals, dropping a 5-4 decision to Rivercrest. The Colts' Dylan McLemore drilled a walk-off game winning double in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift Rivercrest to the victory.
Zach Reinhart and Caleb Reinhart both went 2-4 with an RBI each. Zac Riley also had a pair of hits with an RBI and a run scored while Nick Carmichael crossed the plate twice.
Manila claimed the third place game with a wild 19-17 victory over Piggott. Caleb Reinhart, Zac Riley and Trey Walker all drove in three runs apiece to lead the Lions at the plate. Riley finished the day with three hits and three runs scored. Walker had a pair of hits while Reinhart lashed a bases loaded triple.
Jordan Goff also had a big day, going 4-5 with two RBI and a pair of runs scored. Zach Reinhart had three hits, scored twice and drove in a pair of runs, Brady Jones had three singles, scored three times and drove in two runs, Nick Carmichael had two hits, scored twice and had a pair of RBI while Alex Richard had an RBI single and scored twice.
Landon Woody picked up the win while Shaun Scoggins earned the save.