|Harding Academy’s Josh Spears makes a throw to first base for the third out of the fifth inning Friday in the first-round game of the Class AAA state baseball tournament at Wiggins’ Field.|
By Quinton Bagley – The Daily Citizen
Harding Academy opened the Class AAA state baseball tournament Friday with a 13-3 win over Lamar in six innings at Wiggins’ Field in Searcy.
“We did what we needed to do to move on,” Wildcat head coach Dennis Rine said. “The guys came out focused and ready to play.”
Harding Academy’s Matt Lincoln (10-1) went the distance on the mound for the Wildcats as he struck out eight and allowed no walks in the contest.
From the plate, Braxton Bennett was 3-for-3 with a home run and three RBI. Matt Calhoun was 1-for-2 with a double and three runs scored. Ty Finley was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI. Lance Carr was 2-for-4 with a double and four RBI.
With the win, the Wildcats (26-3) move on to face Gurdon at noon in today’s quarterfinals at Jerry Moore Field. The Go-Devils defeated Manila 1-0 on Friday to advance.