The state tourney quest for the Vilonia baseball team ended Monday, the Eagles victims of self-inflicted wounds.
The Eagles committed 10 errors in six innings as Pulaski Academy went on to an 8-2 victory in the Class A semifinal, delayed a day because of rain, at Nettleton.
PA moves on to play Harrison, which defeated Hot Springs Lakeside, 4-3 in nine innings, in the state championship game Saturday.
Six runs in the fifth inning broke the game open for Pulaski Academy.
ST. JOSEPH BASEBALL
Nash Nichols and Andrew Beck combined for a seven-hitter Saturday to help St. Joseph to a 7-5 victory over host Parkers Chapel to reach the 2A state baseball finals.
It was the sixth victory in six days for the Bulldogs (24-4).
Nicholls (5-1) pitched six innings and struck out eight, allowing six hits. Beck pitched the final inning and gave up one hit and struck out two.
Britt Sroth was 2 for 3 with an RBI and a double. Drew Bates was 2 for 4 with two RBIs. Dylan and Taylor Schrekenhofer, Nichols and Sam Massery had one hit each.
"Six games in six days? I can’t say enough how proud I am of the boys. We had a great week," said St. Joseph coach Luke Davis.
The Bulldogs (24-4) will play Dierks Friday for the state title at Fayetteville’s Baum Stadium. Because of Rogers’ graduation Friday night, the Bulldogs’ game against the Outlaws has been moved to 4:30 p.m. Friday. The Rogers-Fayetteville 7A title game had been scheduled at that time. That game will now begin at 2 p.m.
"However we have one more," Davis said. "We need to stay hungry and want more."
St. Joseph reached the semifinals with a 6-1 victory over Hazen, scoring five runs in the bottom of the fifth to pull away.
Stroth (5-1), who struck out two and allowed one hit in two innings of relief, picked up the win.
Dylan Shrekenhofer was 2 for 3. Andrew Beck was 1 for 3 with a double and two RBIs. Drew Bates was 1 for 3 with two RBIs. Nichols was 1 for 2 with a double and two RBIs.
Time changes have been made to St. Joseph’s.