Manila Lions stumble at state

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Manila baseball squad ended their season in the first round of the 3A state baseball tournament Thursday afternoon at Smackover, dropping a 7-2 decision to the Greenland Pirates. With the loss the Lions end their campaign at 17-14 overall.

The Lions drew first blood in their contest with the Pirates, plating a run in the top of the first to take the early lead. But, the Greenland squad responded with two runs in the home half of the inning, as they took a 2-1 lead after the first inning.

The score remained the same throughout the second, third and fourth innings, as neither team was able to score. The Lions were also blanked in the top of the fifth, but the Pirates answered with a run in the home half of the frame to extend their lead to 3-1.

The Lions once again went quietly in the top of the sixth, but the Pirates scored four more runs in the bottom of the inning to stretch the lead to 7-1. Manila answered with one run in the top of the seventh, then held the Pirates in the home half of the frame, to set the final score.

Abraham Lopez worked four innings, giving up four hits, five walks and three runs, two earned; while Brett Sweatman worked one and two-thirds, giving up five hits and walking two while surrendering the other four runs.

Ethan Navaro was 2 for 2 on the day for the Lions, while Brady Clark and Lopez were both 1 for 3 and Brock Birmingham, Levi Stroud and Sweatman were all 1 for 4.

Greenland advanced with the win to take on 32-3 Harding Academy on Friday, falling by a final score of 12-3. In the semi-finals Saturday Harding Academy fell to Horatio while Booneville downed Harmony Grove to set up this week's finals in Fayetteville.

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