Fayetteville took advantage of a late breakdown from Springdale Har-Ber.
The Bulldogs scored four runs without a hit in the top of the seventh inning and defeated Har-Ber 6-1 on Tuesday in 7A/6A-West Conference play at the Tyson Sports Complex. The loss wasted a fine pitching performance by Brady Patrick, a sophomore left-hander who pitched into the seventh inning.
Andy Pagnozzi struck out 13 to improve to 7-0 on the season for Fayetteville.
“Andy struggled early a little bit with his control,” Fayetteville coach Van Arnold said. “He started throwing his curve ball and even when he missed, he came back with it. That was key because they couldn’t just sit on his fastball.”
Patrick was lifted after an error and a walk to open the seventh. Duck Dunn reached to load the bases after a ball in short right field dropped between three players for an error. Reliever Paul Williamson walked in consecutive runs and another scored on a passed ball.
Pagnozzi then added an RBI groundout to put the Bulldogs ahead 6-1.