Hitting and pitching led the way as Crossett High School won key late season baseball and softball games last week.
The Eagles used the wins to advance to the Class 4A South Region Tournament in Star City. The Lady Eagles used the wins to stay alive in the race for the softball regionals in Nashville.
The 18-9 Eagles topped Dumas 13-0, Warren 14-6 and Camden Harmony Grove 12-2.
The team’s only loss last week came at the hands of Star City, 4-3.
Against Dumas, Garrett Harrington pitched a five-inning, no-hitter with 11 strikeouts. Eagle hitters took advantage of six Bobcat errors.
Crossett hammered out 14 hits with nine different players collecting at least one hit. Logan Harrington was 3-for-4 with two runs, Drew Ray had three RBIs and Austin Keith, Hunter Welch and Zack Goodwin each had two hits.
Crossett’s eight-run third inning turned a close game into a rout.
Crossett bats continued to pound opposing pitchers in the Eagles’ 14-6 win over Warren.
Logan Fife (2-for-3, four runs) and Goodwin (three hits) led the attack. As a team, Crossett had 14 hits.
Garrett Harrington was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs and Logan Harrington and Ron Burchell each had two hits.
Josh Outlaw and Ray pitched for Crossett.
Crossett led 8-0 before Warren scored six runs in the fourth inning. The Eagles responded with three runs in the fifth to lead 11-6.
In the win over Camden Harmony Grove, Crossett started all of its eight seniors and Austin Keith made his first starting pitching appearance of the season.
A five-run first inning opened the gates for Crossett.
Crossett squads dominate 4A track competition
Individual excellence combined with strong team efforts vaulted Crossett and Hamburg to the top at the Conference 8-4A high school track championships hosted by Crossett.
The Eagles and Lady Eagles took top team honors, while the Lions used superb relay efforts to place second. Additionally, several individuals made serious runs at establishing themselves as the best in the state.
Kyelah Hodges of Crossett and Hamburg’s Lorenzo Watkins took home top individual performance honors in the girls’ and boys’ divisions, respectively.
Kelsey Herman won all three of her events and cleared 6-1 in the high jump.
The duo of Hodges and Herman scored a combined 71 points, better than the team scores for five of the eight schools in the meet.
Add the 29 points from Iesha Couser, and the Crossett trio would have placed third as a team.
Crossett finished the girls’ meet with 236.5 points, with Monticello econd with 134 and Lakeside of Lake Village third with 82.5 points.
In the boys’ division, Crossett used a strong showing in the field events to top Hamburg 166-149. Monticello (106 points) finished third.
Crossett, Monticello teams pace junior high 4A track meet
Monticello and Crossett teams dominated the Conference 8-4A junior high track and field championships hosted by Crossett, with Hamburg also posting a strong showing.
Athletes in grades 6-9 competed April 29 after twice being rained out. In the boys’ division, Monticello topped Crossett 165-149 with Hamburg scoring 68 points.
Monticello edged out the Jr. Lady Eagles in the girls’ division 160-151.5 with the Jr. Lady Lions (99.5 points) placing third.
The meet’s MVPs were Marcus Bornslater of Crossett and Monticello’s Amari Huitt.
Athletes capturing first place ribbons in the boys’ division included Hamburg’s Zack Heard (100-meters, 200-meters, long jump), Bornslater (300-meter hurdles, pole vault) and Crossett’s George Mondragon (800-meter race).
Crossett’s 400-meter relay squad also won first place.
HHS soccer Lions heading for state tourney
The Hamburg High soccer Lions ended the regular season at 10-1 and will now prepare for the first round of the state’s Class 4A tournament, which opens May 15 in North Little Rock.
The Lady Lions finished 4-4, a significant improvement over the team’s opening and winless season. The Lady Lions ended their season with a 3-0 loss to Stuttgart and 6-2 defeat at the hands of E-Stem. Pauline Amezcua and Carena Mondragon scored for the Lady Lions in the E-Stem match.
The Lions wrapped the season with a shootout win over Stuttgart after a 1-1 regulation tie.
Stuttgart led 1-0 at halftime and then Hamburg scored about 20 minutes into the second half when Alan Lemus got free after receiving a pass form Alissandro Mondragon. Lemus converted the opportunity into a goal.
In the shootout, Hamburg outscored Stuttgart 4-3 with goals from Drew Perry, Lemus, Victor Rodriguez and Carlos Ramos.