AFORT SMITH — Conway’s Wampus Cats, with an amazing late-season run, are headed home for the Class 7A baseball game.
Matt Lefler struck out three, walked one and allowed highly rated Rogers Heritage only two hits in seven innings. He got plenty of offensive support as the Wampus Cats romped past highly regarded Rogers Heritage for a 9-0 victory in the Class 7A semifinals.
The Cats will now advance to University of Central Arkansas’ Bear Field, where they will take on 7A-Central regular-season and defending state champion Bryant for the state title at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, the last of seven state championship games over the weekend.
The Cats dominated from the beginning, pounded out 13 his and took advantage of three errors by Heritage, the West Conference champion that entered with a 24-4 record.
Cole Anderson was 3-for-3 with a run scored and five RBI to lead the Cats. Tyler Langley was 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI. Ryan Lazo was 2-for-4 with a run and two RBI. J.T. Blackwell was 2-for-3 with two runs.
Conway scored twice in the second when Blackwell singled and advanced to second on an error. Cody Rhoades then single putting Blackwell at third. Anderson singled in Blackwell, then Lazo drove in Rhoades with a single.
In the third, Conway scored on Langley’s double, a single by Blackwell and an RBI single by Anderson.
The Cats broke things open with five runs in the fifth on a single by Langley, a walk to Blackwell, a hit batsman, a three-run double by Anderson, an RBI single by Lazo and Langley’s second hit of the inning, an RBI infield single.