Sweatman no-hits West Memphis on Senior Day

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Manila senior Brett Sweatman follows through on a pitch during Monday afternoon's game against Bay.
By Trent Fletcher

Brett Sweatman celebrated Senior Day by hitting and pitching Manila to a 10-0 victory over West Memphis Friday afternoon at Lion Field. Sweatman was the star at both the plate and on the mound, firing a no-hitter while slamming a homerun. Manila’s lone senior struck out 12 Blue Devils in going the distance to earn the victory. Sweatman led the Lions offensively with a double, a homer, three RBI and two runs scored, all on his birthday.

The Lions held a slim 2-0 lead after four innings, but scored four times in the fifth and tacked on four more in the sixth to put the game away. Brock Birmingham went 2-4 and drove in a pair of runs. Michael Jorgensen ripped an RBI single and scored twice. Ethan Navarro and Brady Clark both delivered RBI singles and scored a run apiece. Layne Sims cracked a single and scored twice while Abraham Lopez contributed a base hit.

Manila edged Rivercrest 2-1 Thursday at Wilson. The Lions scored two runs in the top of the first inning as Birmingham led off with a base hit and eventually scored on a passed ball. Abraham Lopez drove in the second run of the inning with a base hit. The Colts got their only run in the bottom of the sixth.

Manila's Abraham Lopez takes a healthy cut in the Lions' Monday afternoon battle at Bay.

Jorgensen threw a complete game five-hitter, allowing just one run while striking out eight Colts. Sims had a pair of base hits while Jorgensen and Anthony Lopez also singled for the Lions.

Manila completed a double-header sweep Tuesday at Lion Field, pounding Trumann 15-4 in the opener before disposing of Cooter, Mo., 6-3, in the nightcap. Tied 3-3 after the first inning with Trumann, the Lions scored nine runs in the second frame to take a 12-3 advantage. Manila out-hit the Wildcats 15-3.

Abraham Lopez worked three innings and got the win. Lopez gave up two earned runs on four hits while striking out three and walking four. Franklin Patterson finished the game, allowing one unearned run on one hit. Patterson fanned five and walked one. Birmingham and Clark both went 3-4 to lead the Lion offense. Birmingham had two singles and a double, drove in a run and scored three runs while Clark doubled twice, singled and had three RBI. Anthony Lopez singled, doubled, had two RBI and scored a run. Abraham Lopez singled, doubled and scored twice. Jorgensen delivered a two-run single and crossed the plate twice while Sweatman doubled and scored a run. Sims drilled a two-run single and scored a pair of runs. Patterson belted an RBI single and scored a run while Navarro singled and scored once.

Lion catcher Brady Clark catches Yellowjacket Taylor Layne in a rundown in high school baseball action Monday at Bay.
by Trent Fletcher

Navarro pitched a complete game to pick up the win over Cooter. The sophomore pitched seven innings, allowing three runs, one earned, on just two hits. The righthander struck out five and walked five.

Sims was a perfect 3-3 with two doubles and two runs scored to pace the Lion offense. Sweatman singled twice, doubled, had an RBI and scored a run while Clark also had three hits, including two doubles. Birmingham went 2-3 with an RBI and two runs scored. Abraham Lopez went 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Jorgensen had a pair of singles, Anthony Lopez slashed a two-run single while Navarro had a base hit.

Manila’s only loss of the week came Monday at Bay, where the Yellowjackets squeezed past the Lions 3-2. Freshman Nathan Higgins drilled the game winning hit in the bottom of the sixth inning to give Bay the win. Higgins also picked up the victory on the mound, working six innings of five-hit ball. Higgins allowed just two runs. Nolan Smith pitched the seven to get the save.

Sweatman was the tough luck loser, pitching six innings, allowing just three hits and one earned run. Sweatman struck out eight and walked three.

Clark had a pair of base hits and scored a run for Manila. Sweatman was 2-3 with a run scored while Navarro went 1-3. Patterson cracked a run scoring single.

Manila begins district tournament play Wednesday at 4:00 at Lake City. The Lions will face Walnut Ridge.

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