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Hot Springs gave up just one run to J.A. Fair on Tuesday as the Trojans baseball team cruised to an 11-1 victory over the War Eagles to remain undefeated early in the season.

The Trojans (3-0, 1-0 5A South) took control of the game early, taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning as senior Shawn Lingo hit a double to right field with two outs, allowing freshman Isaac Shelor to score from second base. Fair (0-1, 0-1) got just one on base in the top of the second inning after its three batters in the first were retired in order, but the War Eagles could not get the runner past first.

Hot Springs added three runs in the bottom of the second and five in the bottom of the third to take a 9-0 lead. The War Eagles finally managed to get a hit in the top of the fifth after getting two runners on base with a walk and an error, picking up their only run of the afternoon.

The Trojans picked up their final two runs in the bottom of the inning as senior Drew Pike scored on a passed ball. Senior David Bartlett scored the walk-off run on a single by Lingo.

Junior Sebastian Love picked up the win, giving up one unearned run on one hit and two walks while striking out 11 in 4 2/3 innings on the mound. Shelor earned the save, striking out the single batter he faced in five pitches.

Freshman pitcher Connor Sevier collected the loss for Fair, allowing eight earned and three unearned runs off six hits and 12 walks while striking out five in a full-game performance.

Lingo paced the Trojans at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two RBI. Shelor scored three runs with one RBI, and Love knocked in three runs. Senior Hayden Wisener also had two of the team's 8 RBI.

The Trojans will travel to Cutter Morning Star today, and they will take on Texarkana Friday on the road.

Rams keep rolling,

down Wildcats

Lakeside scored six runs on six hits as the Rams stretched their win streak out to four with a 6-1 victory over the visiting El Dorado Wildcats Tuesday.

The Rams (7-3, 1-0) retired the first three Wildcats (3-3, 0-1) in order before jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the inning. A single by senior Ryan Robinson with the bases loaded plated junior Brady Prince, and junior Jordan Villas hit a sacrifice fly to center field to send classmate Ethan Bates home.

Both teams got just one runner on base over the next three innings before the Rams got their offense rolling again. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Prince reached on a walk and picked up a run on a double by Bates.

Senior Justin Scott then reached on a first baseman's error, and Bates managed to score in the confusion. Scott moved to second on a ground-out by Robinson before stealing third and scoring on a catcher's error for a 5-0 lead.

El Dorado got a pair on base with two outs in the top of the sixth, but Bates struck out the final batter to maintain the 5-0 lead. The Rams scored one more in the bottom of the inning as senior Jesus Minjarez was plated on a single by junior Ben Muldoon.

Bates collected the win for the Rams, giving up one earned run off four hits and a walk while striking out 10 over a full seven-inning performance.

Senior Derek Jobe picked up the loss for El Dorado, allowing six runs on five hits and three walks with five strikeouts in five innings, and freshman Austin Jobe finished the game with one hit and one strikeout over one inning.

Prince and Bates both scored two runs for the Rams with Minjarez and Scott scoring one each. Bates, Scott, Robinson, Villas, Minjarez and Muldoon each had hits, and five of the six -- excluding Minjarez -- collected an RBI each.

The Rams will host Lake Hamilton today.

Lady Rams fall behind

early, lose to El Dorado

El Dorado used a five-run lead and strong defense to hold the Lakeside Lady Rams at bay as the Lady Wildcats took a 5-3 win on the road.

Lakeside (2-2, 0-1) struggled throughout the game, committing eight errors as El Dorado (6-0, 1-0) scored two runs each in the second and third innings with one hit in the first inning. The Lady Wildcats earned their second hit in the top of the fifth, scoring another run for a 5-0 lead.

The Lady Rams finally managed to get their offense going in the bottom of the seventh inning, picking up three runs, but it was not enough to overcome the visitors. Freshman Maggie Dickerson led off the inning with a single, stole second and, with one out, advanced to third on an error that put senior Lindsey Davis on base.

Dickerson scored on another El Dorado error that allowed Davis to take second, and Davis moved to third on a wild pitch. Senior Mikayla Curtis was beaned by the pitcher to put runners on first and third, and sophomore Erika Bittinger stretched a single into a double on a fielder's choice that ousted Davis.

Senior Lyca Steelman hit a single to plate Curtis, and Bittinger scored on a wild pitch before senior Miller Dickerson was struck out to end the game.

Bittinger collected the loss, giving up five unearned runs off five hits and one walk while striking out three in seven full innings.

El Dorado senior Grace Hargett earned the win with three runs off three hits and two walks while striking out 13 in a full game.

Steelman led the Lady Rams at the plate, going 2-for-4 with one RBI with Maggie Dickerson collecting the team's other hit with one run scored.

The Lady Rams host Lake Hamilton today.

Sports on 03/14/2019

Print Headline: Trojans start conference off strong, defeat War Eagles

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