Miners lose early lead, fall to Ark. Baptist
BAUXITE - The Bauxite Miners jumped ahead early, but ultimately fell 11-3 to the Arkansas Baptist Eagles in 7-4A action on Monday. The Miners drop to 6-8 (1-4) with the loss.
“We started out good but just didn’t put them away when we needed to,” Bauxite Coach Michael Mattox said. “We left seven runners on base through the first three innings. With one hit, we could have blown it open, but we couldn’t get it.”
The Miners opened up the scoring to start the game in the opening inning. Senior utility player Patrick Dangle drew a walk and then stole second to put a runner in scoring position. Dangle advanced to third on a wild pitch and would later score on a wild pitch to give Bauxite the early 1-0 lead.
The Miners added two more runs in the top half of the second inning. Junior first basemen Ethan Hendrix and starting pitcher Shawn Beesley both were hit by pitches. After a walk loaded the bases, Hendrix scored on another wild pitch from the Eagles’ starter. Senior catcher Tyler Willis then brought in Beesley with an RBI single to give the Miners a 3-0 lead.
The three-run lead was short lived however as the Eagles took the lead with four runs in the third inning. They went on to add three more runs in the fourth and four runs in the sixth as Bauxite couldn’t answer back. Mattox credited Arkansas Baptist for their approach to the plate after the third inning.
“Our pitching wasn’t too bad, Mattox said. “Once they got back into the game, they were a different team. They became a lot more aggressive. ”
Beesley took the loss for Bauxite after going two and two-third innings giving up six hits, four runs, (three earned) and a walk while collecting a strikeout.
Bauxite was led at the plate by sophomore right fielder Tyler Kemp who finished 2 for 4. Willis added the only RBI for Bauxite finishing 1 for 2.
Bauxite returns to action today when they travel to Sherwood to take on Abundant Life.