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Lakeside picked up a pair of big wins against Batesville Saturday, defeating the Pioneers 11-1 before downing them 22-5 in the second game of the doubleheader.

The Rams (6-3) took advantage of a pair of errors early in the game as they put up three runs in the bottom of the first inning after keeping the Pioneers (0-4) scoreless in the top of the inning.

Batesville managed to get on base in the top of the third on a shortstop's error before scoring the team's only run to pull within 3-1. The Rams responded with one run in the bottom of the inning to make it 4-1 before adding four in the bottom of the fourth and three more in the bottom of the fifth for the 11-1 win.

Junior Jordan Villas picked up the win for the Rams, giving up one run off one hit and two walks while striking out three in three innings. Classmate Andrew Cox got the save, allowing no runs with three hits and a walk while striking out three.

Senior Justin Scott led the Rams at the plate, going 2-for-2 with one run and one RBI. Junior Ethan Bates scored three runs with two RBI, senior Jesus Minjarez scored two runs with two RBI, junior Brady Prince and senior Chase Gentry both scored two runs. Sophomore Peyton Ballard scored one run, and junior Ben Muldoon had one RBI.

The Rams did not let up in the second game, putting up three runs in the bottom of the first inning before adding 10 in the second for a 13-0 lead. The Pioneers managed to score four in the top of the third to cut the Rams' lead to nine, but four more runs in the bottom of the inning made it 18-4.

Batesville put up one in the top of the fourth to cut the deficit to 18-4, but the Rams added six in the bottom of the inning to secure the win.

Scott picked up the win for the Rams with one hit, two walks and four strikouts with no runs in two innings. Prince, Minjarez and junior Gage Golden all pitched one inning in relief. Prince allowed four runs on two hits and two walks with one strikout, Minjarez gave up one run on one hit and one walk and Golden walked one and had one strikeout.

Gentry led the Rams at the plate, going 2-for-2 with three runs scored and two RBI, and Minjarez was 1-for-1 with a run and an RBI. Bates scored four runs, Scott and senior Ryan Robinson also scored three runs with Prince and Villas scoring two. Prince and Robinson knocked in a pair of runs while Bates, Golden, Minjarez and Cox had one RBI apiece.

The Rams will hosted El Dorado Tuesday, and they will host Lake Hamilton on Thursday.

Trojans down LR Catholic

LITTLE ROCK -- Hot Springs picked up another win Monday night to even its record with a late goal to defeat Little Rock Catholic, 2-1.

Senior forward Josue Hernandez made the first goal for the Trojans (4-4-2, 1-0 5A South) as the two teams went into the break tied, 1-1. Junior midfielder Cristian Jovel sank the go-ahead goal late in the second half as the Trojans defense held off the Rockets.

Hot Springs hosted J.A. Fair Tuesday, and they will travel to Texarkana Friday.

Gafford named co-SEC

Player of the Week

FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas sophomore forward Daniel Gafford and South Carolina's Chris Silva were named the Southeastern Conference Players of the Week, the league announced Monday.

Gafford led the Razorbacks to wins at Vanderbilt and against Alabama while averaging a double-double (24.5 points and 10 rebounds) to move the team to the ninth seed for this week's SEC tournament.

Gafford put up a game-high 20 points at Vanderbilt and 29 against the Red Tide, his second-best career output, while recording his 10th double-double with a career-high 16 rebounds. The El Dorado native shot 8 of 11 from the field along with four blocked shots in the Vanderbilt game.

Against Alabama, he picked up a double-double in the first half (11 points and 12 rebounds), and he became the third player in the NCAA this season with as much as 29 points, 15 rebounds, two steals and two assists in a game. He played a part in the team's first 11 points, scoring six and assisting on five, and scored 10-straight in the second half.

The 16-rebound performance gave the SEC lead in rebounds back to Gafford, who now averages 8.7 on the season. He als leads the SEC in field goal percentage (.669), and he is the only SEC player to rank in the league's top five in rebounding, field goal percentage, shooting (fourth, 17.0), blocked shots (third, 2.1), offensive rebounds (first, 2.9) and defensive rebounds (third, 5.9)

This was Gafford's second Player of the Week honor, his first coming on Nov. 15 when he put up a then career-high 27 points and 12 rebounds against Indiana.

The Razorbacks will face off against No. 8 seed Florida on Thursday at noon in the SEC tournament at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

GAC announces weekly

baseball, softball awards

RUSSELLVILLE -- Arkansas-Monticello sophomore pitcher Hayley McGhee and Henderson State freshman Ashlyn Taylor were among the softball honorees named by the Great American Conferece Tuesday.

McGhee was named the Pitcher of the Week for her performance in the Cotton Blossoms' four-game sweep of Northwestern Oklahoma State. The right-hander from Olathe, Kan., improved to 4-1 with a 1.40 ERA with a pair of shutouts in the series, tossing a two-hit shutout in her first start of the series, striking out a season-high 11. She then limited the Rangers to just four hits on Saturday.

Taylor, from Arkadelphia, picked up her second-straight award with a .636 batting average against Southern Nazarene, hitting her second home run of the season along with a pair of doubles and three RBI. She is currently riding a 10-game hitting streak, recording a .577 average over the stretch.

Others nominated for the freshman award were Harding right-hander Jenna Hipp and UAM first baseman/designated player Haley Cornell.

The overall Player of the Week honors are shared by Southern Nazarene junior first baseman Mahina Sauer and Southwestern Oklahoma State infielder Hannah Morris.

Sauer, of Mililani, Hawai'i, hit .692 against Henderson State, going 4-for-4 in the series opener with a home run and four RBI and drove in three more in the second game. She scored multiple runs in both games of Saturday's doubleheader, and no Division II player with as many at-bats as Sauer's 78 boasts a batting average better than her .500.

Morris, a Tuttle, Okla., native, picked up eight hits in the Bulldogs' series with Southern Arkansas while stealing four bases. She tripled and had two RBI in the second game, and she went 4-for-6 in the doubleheader with three runs scored.

Others nominated for the player honor were Harding outfielder Mason McCord, SAU outfielder Hallie Saintignan, UAM outfielder Jordan Herbner and East Central infielder Sable Hankins.

* UAM third baseman Jordan Johnson and Arkansas Tech left-handed pitcher Drake Norton picked up this week's baseball awards.

Johnson, a sophomore from Beaumont, Texas, had a pair of four-hit games in the week. Against Christian Brothers last Tuesday, he went 4-for-4 with three RBI, and he also went 4-for-4 in the Weevils' series opener against Northwestern Oklahoma State, hitting a pair of home runs. He picked up four RBI and scored twice.

Others nominated for the player accolade were HSU outfielder Danny Mitchell, SAU infielder Josh Walker, Harding third baseman Luke Van Dover, Arkansas Tech third baseman Tristan Thomas and Oklahoma Baptist catcher Ramone Enriquez.

Norton pitched three scoreless innings in the Wonder Boys' 10-0 win over Ouachita Baptist Tuesday, limiting the Tigers to just four base runners on two hits and two walks. He struck out a season-high six while dropping his ERA to 3.00.

HSU pitcher Drake Salsman, SAU right-hander Nathan Stubber and Harding right-hander Ryder Yakel were among those nominated for the pitching award.

Sports on 03/13/2019

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