From Williams Baptist College
The Williams Baptist College baseball team played nine games this past week and the team was able to win four of the contests. The Eagles played a three game set in St. Louis, Mo., at Missouri Baptist University followed by a doubleheader against Crowley's Ridge College and a four game set against Harris-Stowe State University in Walnut Ridge.
The week started with three make up games from an early season rainout against the MBU Spartans. WBC lost all three games: 2-3, 3-14, and 5-14. Cogan Ford hit a home run and had a double in the series. Jim Manney was the only other Eagle to have an extra base hit in the series with a double in game three. The Eagles as a team had 17 hits in the three games.
Following the series with Missouri Baptist, the Eagles returned home and stepped out of American Midwest Conference play for a doubleheader against Crowley's Ridge College. The games were played at Shell Field and the home side came away with two convincing victories: 10-0 and 9-5.
In game one, Drew Tullos, Dylan Disotell, Joshua Consemiu and Ethan Quarles combined for a five-hit shutout, striking out 12 Pioneer batters in the contest. The offense scorched CRC for 12 hits, led by leadoff hitter Mitchell Dennis, who went 3-for-3 with two runs. The Eagles had four extra base hits, all doubles by Dylan Clark, Ford, Aaron Jones and Manney.
Game two against CRC would give the Eagles their second straight victory and the sweep. WBC scored two early runs before Crowley's Ridge responded with three runs of its own. But the Eagles' bats fought back from the deficit, scoring five unanswered runs to give WBC a 7-3 lead. Both teams would add two runs in the sixth to give the final score line of 9-5.
Cogan Ford added another double in this contest to extend his season high hit streak to 11 games. He has a .327 batting average on the season. Tyler Williams also had a double in the game, while driving in three runs.
Williams would host a four game set against AMC foe Harris-Stowe State University over the weekend. WBC won the first two games 6-2 and 4-1 before dropping the final two 2-8 and 1-8.
After winning the first two games of the series WBC extended its season high win streak to four games.
Chris Smith earned the win in game one, going six innings, allowing five hits and two earned runs. Williams' four runs in the first inning would prove plenty of runs to enable Smith to get his third win of the season. Jim Manney hit a home run in game one of the series and drove in three runs to give him a season total of 21 RBI's.
Dylan Disotell pitched a gem in game two. He threw six innings of three hit ball, while allowing no Hornet batter to cross the plate. Once again, the Eagles scored early and had a 3-0 lead after three innings. Tyler Williams hit his fifth home run of the season. He now has 29 runs batted in on the season.
WBC dropped the final two games of the series losing 8-2 in game three. The contest was tied at two after seven innings, but the Hornets exploded in the eighth with six runs, giving them the victory.
HSSU scored eight runs before the Eagles made a mark on the scoreboard in the season finale. WBC added a late run but it was too late as Harris-Stowe won 8-1.
Williams record stands at 13-29 overall and 6-14 in the AMC. They sit in sixth place in the conference. WBC will travel to Paragould, Ark., and play CRC on Tuesday, April 9. The games will start at 1 p.m.
The Eagles will wrap up their home schedule on Friday and Saturday with a four game set against William Woods University. The doubleheader on Friday, April 12, will begin at noon. The final two games will be played on Saturday, April 13, beginning at noon.