St. Joseph’s baseball team spotted Conway Christian six early runs, then rallied for a 13-6 victory Saturday in the district championship game at Bigelow.
The Bulldogs (14-4) trailed 6-0 going into the bottom of the second.
Nash Nichols (7-1), who allowed three earned runs in five innings and struck out seven got the win. Britt Stroth threw two hitless innings in relief.
Dylan and Dawson Schrekenhofer were each 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Each had a double. Stroth was 3-for-4 with three RBIs.
"We finished better than we started," said St. Joseph coach Luke Davis. "The brothers, Dylan and Dawson, had a good day at the plate. Nash settled down as the game went on and Brent did a good job of closing. This gave us the best chance to make it to state. Proud of the boys’ efforts."
St. Joseph will play in the Class 2A regional at 10 a.m. Friday at Bigelow.
In the 3A-5 baseball semifinals at Benton Harmony Grove on Saturday night, Mayflower (22-2) advanced to the finals with a 3-0 victory over Benton Harmony Grove.
The Eagles scored two runs in the second on hits by Jordan Burns and Drew Duncan and on a two-run single from Trey Bradley. Mayflower added another run in the sixth on an RBI single from Tyler Godwin.
"We knew this was going to be a tough game," said Michael Post, senior catcher. "We beat them pretty bad at our place and they wanted some revenge. They are a pretty good team and gave us all we wanted tonight."
Mayflower pitcher Drew Duncan (6-0), who pitched a one-hitter and struck out eight added, "I felt good on the mound tonight. It’s pretty easy when you just have to throw strikes and know you have a great defense behind you."
Tyler Herrin went 2-for-3. Post, Burns, Duncan, Bradley, Godwin and Garrett Taylor also had hits for the Eagles.
At Farris Field on Sunday, the University of Central Arkansas softball team secured a spot in the Southland Conference tournament with an 8-0 victory over Nicholls State on Senior Day.
The Bears (24-32, 13-13), the sixth seed in the six-team tournament at Hammond, La., will play third-seeded Sam Houston State at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. The winner will play second-seeded Northwestern State on Friday night, with the loser taking on fourth-seeded Stephen F. Austin on Friday morning.
In Sunday’s game, Jessie Taylor set the UCA single-season RBI record, and senior Taylor Dear ended the game with a bases-loaded walk.
Oral Roberts topped the University of Central Arkansas baseball team on the bubble Sunday with a 4-2 victory over the Bears to take the three-game series, 2-1.
The Golden Eagles (25-22, 12-12) took over eighth place in the SLC standings and gained the tiebreaker over UCA. The Bears (23-21, 11-13) fell into a ninth-place tie with Houston Baptist with two series remaining.
UCA will host the top eight teams in the SLC tourney, May 21-24.
The remaining series for the Bears are against Incarnate Word and New Orleans, No. 12 and 14 respectively, in the league standings.
University of Central Arkansas golfer Pep Angles has made the NCAA Regional for the second consecutive season.
Angles, a junior from Barcelona, Spain, will compete May 15-17 at the Columbia (Mo.) Regional at The Club at Old Hawthorne course. Angles was runner-up at the 2014 Southland Conference Championship and was named the SLC Men’s Golfer of the Year for the second consecutive season.
A three-time All-SLC selection, Angles competed in the NCAA Fayetteville Regional last year after being named both the SLC Men’s Golfer and Men’s Golf Student-Athlete of the Year. Angles averaged a league-best 71.14 shots in 28 rounds of play this season and captured two individual medalist honors. In 10 tournaments, Angles finished in the top 10 eight times including wins at the Louisiana Tech Argent Financial Classic in March and the Ole Miss Reunion Intercollegiate in April.