BIC falls to Conway Christian in state quarterfinals
Conway Christian put together three big innings and went on to crush Buffalo Island Central 11-1 in the quarterfinals of the Class 2A State Tournament Friday afternoon at Pangburn.
The Eagles got three runs in the first and fourth innings and put the game away with a five-run sixth.
The Mustangs scored their lone run in the fourth inning when Bryce Towery doubled and scored on an RBI off the bat of Andrew McFarlin. Canon Walling had the only other BIC hit with a single.
Gavin Gathright took the loss, pitching four innings, allowing six runs, five earned on seven hits. Chayse Carmichael worked the last two innings, allowing five runs, three earned on six hits.
The Mustangs advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-2 victory over Rison in the first round of the tournament on Thursday.
After the Wildcats took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, BIC squared things on Logan Harrison’s RBI single in the bottom of the inning.
Rison regained the lead, 2-1, in the third on a bases-loaded walk. The Mustangs rallied for three runs in the fourth inning to take a 4-2 lead. Caleb Suiter began the rally with a base hit up the middle. Kaleb Dublin ripped a single to left field, followed by Canon Walling’s base knock to right, loading the bases. Towery then put the Mustangs on top by drilling a two-run single, giving the Mustangs a 3-2 edge. Logan Harrison capped off the inning with a bloop single just over the shortstop’s glove, putting BIC on top 4-2.
BIC scored two insurance runs in the fifth inning. Dublin delivered a sacrifice fly, scoring one run, before Towery’s infield RBI single made the score 6-2.
McFarlin went the distance to pick up the win, pitching seven innings, allowing two runs on eight hits. The senior righthander fanned six and walked four.
Harrison led the way at the plate for the Mustangs, going 3-4 with two RBI. Towery had a 2-3 day with three RBI while Dublin went 2-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Walling singled and scored twice, Suiter singled and scored a run while McFarlin doubled. Kyle Thrasher and Chanse Rose both scored runs.
BIC finishes the season with an 18-6 mark.