BIC boys and girls move on to 2A Regional Tournament
East Poinsett County broke a 3-3 tie, scoring four times in the top of the seventh inning, and went on to defeat Buffalo Island Central 7-6 in the semifinals of the 2A-3 district baseball tournament Thursday at Marked Tree.
Clay Malone delivered the go-ahead run with a ringing double to left center field. Peyton Phillips followed with an RBI hit, driving in Malone. Hayden Tucker belted a two-bagger before Austin Smith laced an RBI single, putting the Warriors up 7-3. The Mustangs battled back, scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh with two outs. Andrew McFarlin drove in a run with a sacrifice fly before Brice and Brandon Towery both picked up RBI hits to pull BIC within a run. But Malone, who picked up the win on the mound, struck out Logan Harrison to end the game, sending EPC into the finals.
BIC got on the board first, scoring three runs in the opening inning. Evan Sanders drilled an RBI double, scoring Canon Walling, who had singled. Sanders later scored on a Warrior error, and the Mustangs picked up their third run on Brandon Towery's sacrifice fly.
EPC scored two earned runs in the second and another unearned run in the third to tie the game at three runs apiece.
Despite the loss, the Mustangs advance to this week's 2A regional tournament, also at Marked Tree.
BIC closed out its regular season with a 2-1 loss to Tuckerman Monday afternoon at Monette. The Mustangs got a run in the top of the first to take a 1-0 lead, but the Bulldogs answered in the second inning when Bomani Roberson cracked a two-run single, giving Tuckerman a one-run lead. Bulldog pitchers Nathan Gates and Hunter Tubbs teamed to pitch a one-hitter, holding BIC scoreless the rest of the game.
The Lady Mustangs advanced to the regional tourney with a 4-1 win Wednesday afternoon over Rector. BIC got on the board with a pair of runs in the first inning, thanks to an RBI single by Lexie Ray, before scoring another run on a fielder's choice. BIC upped its lead to 3-0 in the second inning, scoring an unearned run. Colbi Lynch lashed an RBI single in the bottom of the third to pull the Lady Cougars to within 3-1, but Ray held Rector scoreless the rest of the way, helping the Lady Mustangs in to the semifinals.
BIC fell in the tournament semifinals to top seeded Marmaduke, 11-1. Sammi Henry picked up the win for the Lady Greyhounds and added a pair of hits and two RBI. April Kennedy, Bailey Bridges and Natalie Lentz also had two hits each for Marmaduke. Jealynn Cates had an RBI single for the Lady Mustangs while Heather Sipes cranked out a double.
The Lady Mustangs closed out their regular season with an 8-4 loss to Marked Tree Monday afternoon at Monette. Harley Daniels had a big day at the plate for the Lady Indians, going 3-4 with four RBI. Tianna Morris and Madison Carroll had two hits apiece for Marked Tree.