If taking bases was a punishable offense the entire Jonesboro-Hodge High School baseball team would have been arrested. Instead, the Tigers will simply rest after taking 23 bases via steals, passed balls and wild pitches in the 18-8 victory over Summerfield on Monday.
The victory broke a seven-game losing streak and improved the Tigers record to 3-12 on the year. After losing their fifth out of the last six games, Summerfield dropped to 2-5 on the season.
Fifteen hits and 12 walks led to the 18 runs, which equaled the total of the last five games combined and marked the second highest total of the season for a single game. Allen Tew (3 RS, RBI) and Dominick Strickland (4 RS, 2 RBI) paced the offensive onslaught with three hits each with Logan Smith (3 RBI, RS) and Jayden Qualles (2RBI, RS) rapping out two apiece.
The Tigers also put together the most extra base hits in one game this season Smith and Tew stroking a pair of triples each and Thompson, Strickland, Turnage and Price all hitting doubles.
Smith picked up the victory for his two innings of work in relief of Pierce Ulloa. Thompson and Qualles also toed the hill as the four combined to allow only 2 hits and three earned runs.
WP – Smith
LP – Meadors
2B – Thompson, Strickland, Turnage, Price
3B – Smith 2, Tew 2
RBI – Smith 3, Strickland 2, Qualles 2, Tew, Thompson, Paggett
RS – Strickland 4, Tew 3, Thompson 3, Evans 2, Smith, Qualles, Price, Paggett, Turnage
SB – Thompson 4, Strickland 4, Evans 4, Qualles 2, Price 2, A. Tew 2, Smith, Calahan, Paggett, D. Tew, Turnage
Saline girls lash Lakeview
Saline softballers did battle against Lakeview for five innings. Normally that would be just one inning short of a complete ball game but since the Lady Bobcats posted 40 runs it made for two, three inning victories of 23-6 and 17-0. The “sweep” of the double header lifted Saline’s record to 9-12 overall, while Class AA Lakeview still searches for their first victory of the year after 12 games.
The carnage was a complete team effort as Saline batted around in each of their five at bats. Ava Toms and Kassie Hood scored six times each with Alaya Gray and Sydney Thomas crossing the plate five times. Twins, Jordan and Jaydan Williams added four runs apiece with Alazja Amos, Finley Oliver, Hanna Cannon, Terrilynn Cloud, Valeria Rodriquez, Ella Dison, Kailyn Norred, Addison Davis and Ally Fine all contributing.
Bobcats stretch winning streak to five straight
Saline beat Castor 4-2 and Dodson 12-2 on back-to-back nights to stretch their season best winning streak to five straight and move into sole possession of second place in district 1B.
Shaun Staggs struck out 10 over six innings before giving way to Jacob Jones in the seventh, who K’d two to earn the save. Jones also scored twice and Staggs once to help the cause. Will Dyson got the other run for Saline.
Against Dodson, the Bobcats broke open a 2-2 game with six runs in the second inning and then added four more in the third to end the game per the “ten run rule” after 5 1/2 innings. Will Dyson led the offense with three runs scored followed by Jones and Staggs with two runs each. Every batter but one scored a run for the Bobcats who has now scored in double digits in four of their last five games and improved to 2-1 in district play and 9-4 overall.