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BENTON -- Luke Upton was 2 for 3 with two runs, but his performance was not enough as Benton took an 8-7 win over Hot Springs Village Monday evening at Bernard Holland Park.

The Magnet Cove rising senior was the only player for the Garland County team to cross the plate twice. Ben Slate, a Hot Springs graduate who just finished his freshman season at Central Baptist, got things going for Graves Sports with a double before putting the team on the board following a fielding error to make it 1-0.

Benton responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning off a pair of walks before HSV converted a 6-4-3 double-play to end the inning behind, 2-1.

Graves Sports scored two more runs in the top of the second to take a 3-2 lead as Upton and Lake Hamilton rising sophomore Matt Carmack each crossed the plate. Carmack held Benton scoreless in the bottom of the inning to maintain the lead.

Fountain Lake grad Stephen Turner led off the third inning with a single before a single by Carmack and double by Lake Hamilton rising senior Cade Payton pushed him across the plate for a 4-2 lead. Benton then added two runs in the bottom of the inning to knot the score at 4-all.

Rising seniors Conner Cheek (Lake Hamilton) and JJ Harvell (Lakeside) led off the top of the fourth with a pair of walks before the pair, along with Upton, scored runs to take a 7-4 lead. Benton added one in the bottom of the fourth before scoring three in the bottom of the fifth to secure the win.

Turner collected the loss for Graves Sports with three runs off five hits in two innings of work. Carmack gave up two runs off one hit and two walks in two innings, and Payton allowed two runs off five walks and two hit batters.

Cheek was 2 for 2 at the plate with one run and two stolen bases, Carmack was 2 for 3 with a stolen base and Payton was 2 for 2 with two doubles.

Benton won the second game of the doubleheader, 7-6.

Hot Springs Village will face Benton again today at 5:30 p.m. at the Wood Bat Tournament at Sheridan.

Nighthawks to host

basketball camp

National Park will host a youth basketball skills camp June 17--20 for children entering first through sixth grades.

Nighthawks men's coach Jason Hudnell said that the camp gives opportunities for both area children and National Park basketball players. The camp will be run by Hudnell, head women's coach Marvin Moody and assistant coach Dillon Hargrove as well as Nighthawk men's and women's athletes.

"It is a good opportunity for them to give back to the community," he said, noting that athletes from both the men's and women's teams will be helping with the camp. "This will team our men and women leadership skills. The kids will be 1-on-1 with the Nighthawk players."

Hudnell said that the camp is focused on teaching key skills more than splitting the children into teams.

"We want to stress work on skills," he said. "There will be some 3-on-3 games, but there will be a lot of emphasis on fundamentals -- ball handling, shooting."

This is the second year that the college has hosted the camp. Hudnell said that there were about 20 athletes who participated, and there were already more than 20 registered for this year.

Registration for the camp is $75 and can be done on the first day of the camp. For more information or to register, email

Sports on 06/12/2019

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