One day removed from a weather delay, the Conway Christian Eagles baseball team defeated Hackett 9-2 Friday in the opening round of the Region 2A West/Central Tournament in Magazine.
Entering the tournament, CCS (22-0) was fresh off from winning its fourth consecutive 2A 4 District Tournament after beating Hector 5-0 April 28.
Trailing 2-0 through five innings, the Eagles’ bats came alive, scoring nine unanswered runs in the win.
Eagles junior Jacob Bowman held the Hackett offense to just two runs.
With the win, CCS advances to round 2 and will face the winner of Pangburn and Magazine on Saturday.
They also secured a spot in the 2A State Tournament, which begins May 10 in Smackover.
The Lady Mustangs (35-19) saw their 16-game winning streak fall Friday with a pair of losses to Columbia College (30-14) in a doubleheader for the AMC Tournament.
In game one, a 2-1 run lead for CBC was lost in the bottom of the sixth when Columbia struck with a four-run inning.
Columbia’s Kaitlyn Nottelmann (9-8) picked up the win in relief for starter Molly Carter, throwing one and one-third innings, giving up one hit and one walk, while striking out two.
Colubmia’s Juliana Waldner knocked in a team-leading two RBI, while going one-for-one at the plate with a walk.
CBC’s Kymberlie House took the loss, giving up five runs, one earned, on five hits, three walks and striking out four.
In game two, an eight-run second inning propelled Columbia to a 10-0 victory in five innings.
Columbia’s Natalie Dummitt went three-for-three at the plate, finishing a single shy of the cycle, scoring two runs and knocking in four.
The Lady Mustangs offense was stymied by Nottelmann’s second win of the day, holding the CBC batters to three hits and one walk, while striking out eight.
The Lady Mustangs sent three pitchers to the circle, with none really figuring out how to stop the Columbia offense.
The loss, however, was charged to CBC’s Rachel Gregory (4-3), who gave up four runs on four hits and three walks through one and one-third inning.
The Lady Mustangs will either receive an at-large bid or the top-seed in the NCCAA Central Regional.
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The Lady Panthers knocked off the Lady Eagles with a 1-0 shutout, determining seeding for the two teams for the state tournament and the 5A West Conference Tournament.
With the loss, Vilonia will face De Queen at 10 a.m. May 10 in Harrison.
In one of the more lopsided games of the Region 3A-2 (2 & 5) Tournament, Mayflower fell 18-1 to Bald Knob through four innings.
A 12-run third inning was troublesome for the Lady Eagles as they dropped the game, falling behind by 15 at one point.
Bald Knob’s Rylee Curd won, giving up one hit across four innings.
Bald Knob will face the winner of Harmony Grove and Tuckerman on Saturday.