Hurst walkoff hit sends Mustangs to regional finals

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

BIC pounds Hazel 15-5, earns state tournament berth

Dax Hurst belted a game winning walk-off single to cap a four run seventh inning rally, lifting Buffalo Island Central to a 7-6 come from behind victory over McCrory in the semifinals of the 2A North Regional Baseball Tournament Saturday at Palestine.

Hurst’ hit scored Kaleb Dublin, who was the winning pitcher on the mound for the Mustangs. The victory sends BIC into Monday afternoon’s championship game against Sloan Hendrix, a rematch of last week’s district finals at Marked Tree in which the Mustangs won 5-4.

Dublin entered the game in the second inning in relief of starting pitcher Bryce Towery, who went an inning plus, allowing two runs and three hits. Dublin worked the final six frames, giving up four runs, three earned, on five hits. Dublin fanned three and issued four base on balls.

The Jaguars took an early 2-0 lead after two innings before the Mustangs got on the board with a single run in the third. McCrory tacked on two more in the fifth to move ahead 4-1, and increased their advantage to 5-1 with a tally in the top of the sixth. BIC scored two runs in the bottom of the inning to slice the McCrory lead to 5-3. McCrory picked up a run in the top of the seventh to go ahead 6-3 before BIC put together their game winning four-run frame in the bottom of the inning.

Hurst finished with a single, a double and an RBI. Chanse Rose delivered a two-run single while Towery doubled. Chayse Carmichael and Cory Turner both had singles and scored a pair of runs apiece. Dublin, Logan Harrison and Canon Walling all singled and scored one run each while Andrew McFarlin added an RBI.

The Mustangs pounded out a 15-5 victory over Hazen Friday afternoon in the first round of the tournament, punching BIC’s ticket to this week’s state tournament at East Poinsett County.

BIC trailed 3-1 entering the bottom of the second, but scored five times to take a 6-3 lead and never trailed again. The Mustangs finished off Hazen, scoring three runs in the fifth before adding four more in the sixth.

McFarlin went the distance to pick up the win, striking out eight Hornets on the day. The Mustang right hander gave up five runs, three earned, while allowing five hits and three walks.

McFarlin also had a big day at the plate with a single, a double, five RBI and a run scored. Hurst slammed a double, had three RBI and scored twice. Walling laced a pair of singles and scored three runs while Carmichael singled twice. Rose singled and crossed the plate four times. Towery belted an RBI single and scored a run. Dublin scored three runs while Harrison scored once.

The championship game between BIC and Sloan Hendrix will be played at 2:30 Monday. Both teams will receive first round byes in the state tournament. The winner will play at 10 a.m. in Friday’s quarterfinals while the loser will play at 5:30.

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