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El Dorado's season ends with loss to Batesville

by News-Times Staff | May 12, 2022 at 11:35 p.m.

HOT SPRINGS – Batesville ace Gage Wood showed exactly why he will be performing in Fayetteville starting this fall.

The Arkansas recruit fired a two-hitter and struck out 15 to lead Batesville past El Dorado 8-1 in the opening round of the 5A State Tournament Thursday night at Majestic Park.

Batesville (20-7), the No. 3 seed from the East, advances to face Sylvan Hills, a 3-2 winner over Russellville, in the quarterfinals.

The Wildcats (21-7), the No. 2 seed from the South, end their season with a four-game losing streak having scored only five runs with a total of 13 hits during that stretch.

Wood, who walked one, threw 69 of his 106 pitches for strikes.

Austin Jobe took the loss, allowing 11 hits and six runs over 6 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out four with 72 of his 98 pitches being strikes.

The Pioneers scored one run in the second and two in the fourth before breaking the game open with five runs in the seventh.

Jack Lanier, who went 3-for-4, singled and scored on Mark Brissey’s double in the second for the game’s first run.

In the fourth, Lanier singled and stole second before scoring on Brissey’s second run-scoring double of the game. Brissey then scored on a base hit by Beau Baxter to make it 3-0.

Jobe brought the Wildcats closer with one swing of the bat by belting a solo home run in the fifth to make it 3-1.

However, the Pioneers broke the game open in the seventh.

After Caleb Teague and J.T. Morgan had RBI singles with two outs, Lanier drilled a three-run homer to cap the scoring in the contest.

Lanier had three RBIs and scored three runs, while Brissey had two RBIs.

Teague and Solomon Nast each had two hits for the Pioneers, who won their fifth straight.

Aaron Ezell had a single to account for El Dorado’s other hit in the game.


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