The War Eagles (6-16, 2-8 7A-West) lost back-to-back games to Bentonville West this week to slip into a tie for last place in the 7A-West Conference.
Heritage lost the games in diferent fashion. West scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to snatch the 5-4 win, while the Wolverines turned the second game into a rout, scoring 11 runs over the final two innings in the 17-3 win.
The War Eagles led 4-0 in the opener after three innings, but West scored two in the fifth, one in the sixth and two in the seventh to rally for the win. Ethan Gates went 3-for-3, drove in a run and scored one to lead Heritage. Noah Guill also doubled and drove in two runs. He also pitched well, allowing three runs (two earned) over 5 2/3 innings. The left-hander struck out three and walked two.
Dylan Qualls went 2-for-4, including a two-run home run in the second game. His home run pulled Heritage within 6-3, but the Wolverines pulled away late.
Heritage is scheduled to travel to McDonald County, Mo. for a nonconference game on Friday. The War Eagles take on Bentonville in conference play on Monday and Tuesday.
— Paul Boyd • @NWAPaulB
With four games remaining in conference play, the Purple’Dogs control their own destiny in the 7A-West.
They entered this week atop the overall standings and remain there. They’re a game ahead of Springdale Har-Ber and Van Buren after splitting two games against the Wildcats. They’re 8-2 in league play while Har-Ber and Van Buren are both 7-3.
Fayetteville hopes to keep getting quality starts from No. 1 and No. 2 pitchers Miller Pleimann and Hayes Cox, a pair of college-bound right-handed pitchers.
Pleimann, a junior, was roughed up for four runs in the fourth inning of a 7-2 loss against Har-Ber on Tuesday while Cox, a senior, was the winning pitcher in a 2-1 victory over the ‘Cats on Wednesday.
Fayetteville hosts North Little Rock on Saturday at noon before returning to conference play with a home-and-home, two-game series against Springdale High next week. After a nonconference game against Stillwater, Okla., the Purple’Dogs then wrap up the regular season with two games against Van Buren.
— Mike Capshaw • @NWACappy
Caleb Grace’s solo home run and Blake Thompson’s four hits was all the offense Har-Ber could muster in the second game of its weekly series against Fayetteville Wednesday.
Behind a huge outing on the mound and at the plate from sophomore Blake Adams on Tuesday, the Wildcats did take a game from the Purple’Dogs. But Wednesday’s win put Fayetteville in sole possession of first place in the 7A-West at 8-2. Har-Ber is a game behind at 7-3.
In Har-Ber’s game one win, Adams struck out 14 batters in five innings on the mound and went 3-for-3 at the plate with an RBI. Lincoln Rasmussen led Har-Ber offensively with a pair of RBI in a 1-for-3 day.
The Wildcats (16-8, 7-3 7A-West) travel down I-49 Saturday to face Fort Smith Northside before returning to the River Valley for the first game of a big weekly series with Van Buren on Tuesday.
– Scottie Bordelon • @NWAScottie
Coach Scott Johnson’s Red’Dogs grabbed arguably its biggest win of the conference season Tuesday against Van Buren.
Ben Roberts, Springdale’s RBI leader, collected two hits and drove in three runs against the Pointers as Springdale jumped out to a 6-0 lead. Van Buren battled back to within a run with five in the top of the sixth, but Ryne Whitaker’s second RBI of the day gave the Red’Dogs insurance and set the final score.
On Wednesday, Van Buren pitching stole the show. Ethan Holmes struck out nine Red’Dogs as the Pointers blanked Springdale, 4-0. Andrew Roach went 1-for-3 for Springdale, collecting the teams lone base hit.
Springdale fell to 12-11 overall and 4-6 in the 7A-West. The Red’Dogs are still comfortably in the state tournament field as of now, leading Bentonville West and Rogers Heritage by two full games.
– Scottie Bordelon • @NWAScottie