El Dorado, Smackover pick up wins in season openers

Heading into the season, El Dorado coach Jeff Burson said he was counting on a number of freshmen to help shoulder the load on the pitching staff.

On Monday, the Wildcats got the first of what they hope will be a number of contributions from their ninth-grade class.

Brett Major tossed six shutout innings out of the bullpen, and Jake Webster-Moore drove in three runs to lead El Dorado past Magnolia 7-3 in the season opener for both schools.

The Wildcats trailed 3-0 early on, but overcame that deficit by scoring two runs in the third, four in the fourth and one in the fifth.

A freshman left-hander, Major took matters over from there, limiting the Panthers to just two hits while issuing one walk. He struck out seven.

Webster-Moore, who went 2-for-4 and scored two runs, had a two-run double as part of the Wildcats’ uprising in the fourth. He also had a triple for his second hit in the game.

Sam York also went 2-for-4 and drove in two runs, including an RBI double in the fourth.

Harrison Laird drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth while adding a base hit.

Xorian Robinson and Paxton Strong had singles for the Wildcats.

Daniel Roblee allowed all three of Magnolia’s runs with two being earned in one inning. He allowed three hits, walked two and struck out one.

El Dorado opens play in the 5A South at White Hall on Tuesday.

SMACKOVER 8,

CROSSETT 0

SMACKOVER - Britton Warren and Wyatt Parker combined on a three-hit shutout for the Bucks, who won their season opener.

Warren allowed one hit, walked one and struck out five over five innings to pick up the win.

Parker gave up two hits, didn’t issue any walks and struck out two in two innings in relief for the Bucks.

The game was scoreless until the Bucks erupted for seven runs in the fifth inning, and they were also the beneficiary of 11 walks and three hit batsmen in the win.

Trace Davis went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, while Cole McNeely went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in the win for Smackover.

Ike Eisler joined Davis with two RBIs, while Tanner Mitchell drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Parker had an RBI while drawing three walks.

Smackover faces Riverfield (La.) at 4:30 p.m. Friday to start a slate of three games in Louisiana this weekend.

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