SHERWOOD — Conway Christian, trailing 5-3, scored six runs in the sixth and seven in the seventh Tuesday to defeat Abundant Life, 16-7, to finish in a three-way tie with Mountain Pine and St. Joseph for second place in the conference.
Andrew Dather picked up the win in pitching 2.1 innings and allowing two runs. He was also 2 for 3 with three runs.
Jake Fitts was 3 for 5 with two runs and three RBI.Tyler Ratliff was 2 for 5 with two runs and three RBI. Brandon Helms was 2 for 4 with two doubles. Josiah Smith was 2 for 3 for three RBI. Tanner Stevenson was 1 for 3 with three RBI. Brandon Davis had a two-run home run, the first homer of his high school career.
"This was a huge win for us as far as conference tournament seeding goes, and the kids did a good job of rallying for 6 runs in the sixth and seven in the seven after being down 5-3 heading into the 6th. But we still have a lot of work to do if we want to make a deep run into May," said CCS coach Shane Davis.
The Eagles (22-6, 4-2), who earned the No. 3 seed, will play in the 2A-5 North district tournament at Poyen on Friday night. They’ll play the Mountain Pine and England winner at 6 p.m.
MCKINNEY, Texas — The Lamar Cardinals knocked off the University of Central Arkansas Bears in a one-hole team playoff Wednesday to win the 2012 Southland Conference Championship at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club.
UCA and Lamar tied at 890 after three rounds as the Cardinals rallied from 7 strokes down after two rounds. Two-time medalist M.J. Daffue shot a final-round 70 to help Lamar close the gap. Freshman David Morago turned in UCA’s top score on Wednesday with an even-par 72 and tied for 13th overall with rounds of 79-75-72-226.
Daffue two-putted on the 18th hole in the playoff to seal the victory for the Cardinals.
UCA’s Antonio Costa, a senior from Valdivia, Chile, was the leader after two rounds and shot a final-round 76 and finished at 219 for sole possession of second place, three shots behind Daffue. Senior Josh Sims tied for 11th after shooting a 73 in the final rounds to go with scores of 74 and 78 the first two days.Freshman Pep Angles (75-76-78) and junior Austen Moix of Conway (70-78-81) tied for 16th at 229.
Lamar had rounds of 288-310-292 while UCA countered with rounds of 291-300-299 over 54 holes. UT Arlington finished third at 903, followed by Stephen F. Austin (914), Texas State (917), Southeastern Louisiana (918), Sam Houston State (923), UTSA (932), Nicholls State (940) and McNeese State (965).
Lamar earned the league’s automatic berth into one of six NCAA regionals May 17-19.