BAUXITE — With timely defense and good base running, the Bauxite Miners beat De Queen 7-4 Friday.
The Lady Miners, however, lost 15-0 in four innings after giving up 11 in the first, three in the second and one in the fourth, never scoring once themselves and dropping down to a 6-7 overall record and 1-2 in 4A-7 Conference play.
Bauxite baseball head coach Michael Mattox said his team’s win, which took them to 10-8 overall and 2-2 in 4A-7 play, was “huge.”
“We really needed that,” he said.
Sophomore Chris Revas pitched all seven innings for the Miners, giving up four runs on 14 hits while recording five strikeouts.
Offensively, freshman Blake Yates went one of three with two runs-batted-in. Senior Tanner Bates was 1-4 with a walk and two RBIs, and senior Briar Sample was 0-4 with a walk and fielder’s choice bunt, which gave him an RBI.
Sample, Revas, senior Kyler Hickey, sophomore Patrick Dangle and senior Austin Harris each scored a run. Sophomore Cody Allred scored twice.
Both Bauxite and DeQueen were held scoreless in the first inning. Catcher Matt Freelin, a senior, threw out a runner trying to steal second base in the top of the inning for the first out. De Queen got two more runners on base, but they would be stranded after a Revas strikeout and ground out to Sample.
In fact, De Queen would go on to strand eight runners throughout the game.
The Miners scored three runs in the second inning. Yates brought in Revas and Hickey on a single, and Dangle scored from third while De Queen attempted to throw out Yates as he stole second base.
In the third inning, De Queen scored two runs while Bauxite was held scoreless. With the bases loaded and one out, De Queen brought in two off a hit. Then, the Miners turned a 6-4-3 double play to end the ending.
Up 3-2 after the top of the fourth inning, Bauxite scored three runs, including one from Allred, who stole third from second as the De Queen catcher wasn’t paying attention after a Harris walk, and then advanced home as a result of a wild throw to third.
Sample then walked to give Bauxite runners on first and second. With a single, Bates drove in Harris and Sample, who dove head first in a play at the plate, giving the Miners a 6-2 lead.
With no outs in the top of the fifth inning, De Queen had a runner on second base and got a hit to center field. As the runner from second was advancing home, Bates threw the ball in to home. However, seeing the runner from first advancing to second, Allred cut it off and threw it to second for the out, leaving the Miners ahead 6-4.
With the bases once again loaded with De Queen runners, the Miners dug their way out of a jam with Revas striking out a batter and Dangle catching a fly ball to right field.
The Miners were held scoreless in the bottom of the fifth inning, and De Queen scored one more run in the top of the sixth to cut the Miners’ lead to 6-4.
In Bauxite’s next at bat, Allred reached base on a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Harris advanced him to third with a bunt, and then Sample brought him home with a sacrifice bunt, leaving the Miners on top 7-4.
The Lady Miners play at Nashville Monday. Both the Miners and Lady Miners will host Pulaski Robinson at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.View more articles in: