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Garland County Baseball Review

by Brandon Smith | April 8, 2021 at 4:05 a.m.
Lakeside pitcher Wyatt Gobson (22) throws a pitch during action against Texarkana on Tuesday at Lakeside. - Photo by Richard Rasmussen of The Sentinel-Record

Lakeside (11-2, 4-1 5A-South)

Last week's games: 5-3 home loss to Texarkana on Tuesday

This week's games: Friday at Pine Bluff at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday at Hot Springs at 5 p.m.

Outstanding Athlete of the Week: Senior pitcher/shortstop Peyton Ballard. Ballard picked up a 7-4 win over Sheridan on April 1, pitching 6 1/3 innings with four strikeouts and one walk while allowing two earned runs.

Key opponent this week: Texarkana: "Very solid team with a great lineup." -- Rams head coach Garrett Bock

Bock's plans for this week: "We need to finish games -- too many late-run innings."

Jessieville (2-4, 1-1 3A-5)

Last week's games: 12-2 home win over Two Rivers on Friday

This week's games: Friday at Dover at 4:30 p.m., Monday vs. Baptist Prep at 4:30, Wednesday vs. Mayflower at 4:30 p.m.

Outstanding Athlete of the Week: Sophomore catcher Violet Mendez. Against Two Rivers, Mendez, playing through injury, laid down two bunts to move runners into scoring position as well as made a huge out at home from behind the plate.

Key opponent this week: "Lamar is a big game this week with a heavy upper classmen team who have played a lot of ball, as well as Dover." -- Lions head coach Ryan O'Neal

O'Neal's plans for this week: "Working on fielding a lot of ground balls and and making solid contact with hitting."

Lake Hamilton (11-3, 4-1 5A-South)

Last week's games: 10-0 home win over Hot Springs on Friday, 2-1 home win over El Dorado on Tuesday

This week's games: Friday at Texarkana at 5 p.m., Tuesday at White Hall at 5 p.m.

Outstanding Athlete of the Week: Senior Carson Harris. Harris pitched 6 2/3 innings against Pine Bluff, recording 10 strikeouts and only two walks for the win.

Key opponent this week: Texarkana. "They are very talented and we are also in a three-way tie for first with them and Lakeside." -- Wolves head coach Matt Weigand

Weigand's plans for this week: "We've struggled to score runs as of late, but a couple of key guys are starting to heat up again."

Mountain Pine (3-8, 0-4 2A-7)

Last week's games: 9-4 loss at Foreman on Thursday, 16-1 home loss to Poyen on Monday, 19-3 home loss to Kirby on Tuesday

This week's games: Friday at Cutter Morning Star at 4:30 p.m., Monday at Caddo Hills at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday vs. Dierks at 4:30 p.m.

Outstanding Athlete of the Week: Senior Braydon Radley. Radley is batting .666 and recorded three runs and three stolen bases last week while striking out five in four innings and allowing only one earned run from the mound.

Key opponent this week: Cutter Morning Star (rivalry)

Plans for this week: "We need to limit our fielding errors and overcome ourselves." Red Devils head coach Joseph Alderman

Fountain Lake (7-5, 4-3 4A-7)

Last week's games: 6-5 win at De Queen on Friday, 12-3 home loss to Nashville on Tuesday

This week's games: Today vs. Centerpoint at 4:30 p.m., Friday at Bauxite at 5 p.m., Tuesday vs. Hope at 5 p.m.

Outstanding Athlete of the Week: Sophomore Wesley Campbell. "We called on Wes last week against DeQueen to come in early in the game (second inning) to help get us out of a jam. He pitched really well and finished the game for us" - Fountain Lake head coach Hayden Thornton

Key opponent this week: Bauxite. "They are currently first and undefeated in conference. They are a solid team with a tough guy on the bump in Dawson Goins" -- Cobras head coach Hayden Thornton

Thornton's plans for this week: "Our bats are coming along. However, we need to work on making sure of the routine plays in the field. We have some guys that make phenomenal plays in the field, but some key routine plays have hurt us this year just by losing focus."

Hot Springs (6-8, 0-5 5A-South)

Last week's games: 10-0 loss at Lake Hamilton on Friday, 10-2 loss at White Hall on Tuesday

This week's games: Today vs. eSTEM at 4:30 p.m., Friday vs. Sheridan at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday vs. Lakeside at 5 p.m.

Cutter Morning Star (0-3, 0-2 2A-7)

Last week's games: 14-2 loss at Kirby on Thursday, 15-14 loss at Caddo Hills on Monday

This week's games: Friday vs. Mountain Pine at 4:30 p.m., Monday at Horatio at 4 p.m., Tuesday at Mount Ida at 4:30 p.m.

-- Trojans head coach Trevor Durham and Eagles head coach Terry Daniell were unavailable for comment at presstime.

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