Brandon Wolski and Dover’s Christian Ewing hooked up in a classic to close the regular season last year. They picked up where they left off in Booneville’s season opener in a tournament in Mena Friday.
Both Wolski and Ewing threw the maximum eight innings in that game last April, but neither figured into the decision. On Friday Wolski’s six innings of work trumped Ewing.
The Bearcats came back on Saturday to bounce a Greenwood JV team 5-4 but lost in the finals of the tournament, 7-3 to Morrilton.
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In addition to striking out 12 and allowing just one hit and two walks over six innings of work, Brandon Wolski drove in the two Bearcat runs on a third inning single.
Dover, who had beaten Clarksville in their season opener on Thursday, took a 1-0 first inning lead against James Ray. Keeton Shaw reached on a one out error and after Luke Price drew a walk, Taylor Moody singled and McKay plated a run with a sacrifice fly but Moody was thrown out trying to advance to second.
It stayed a 1-0 game until the third when eighth and ninth hitting Trevor Jones and Matt Berry drew walks against Ewing. After Cody Harrel was retired on a grounder to first, Dalton Herrera reached on an error that allowed the tying run to score and Wolski followed with a double to score Berry to make it 2-1.
With two out in the fifth Herrera singled and Wolski walked were stranded, Jacob Krepps singled leading off the sixth but was left at first and Herrera singled with two down in the seventh but never advanced.
Van Horn led off the second against Wolski (1-0) with a single but walks in the third and seventh were the only base runners the rest of the way for the Pirates.
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Michael Rhea singled home two runs against Jacob Krepps in the sixth inning to get the Bulldogs within a run at 5-4 but Rhea was out trying to move up on the throw and because the tournament was played with a time limit, the game ended at that point.
Greenwood used four hits in the first against Dalton Herrera to score twice but had the inning end when Van Kooten was thrown out at third after a single by Cox.
Herrera pitched around runners in scoring position in both the second and third innings before giving way to James Ray (1-0).
Ray became the beneficiary of five fourth inning runs. Herrera started it with a single and moved up on an outfield error. After Brandon Wolski singled James Ray doubled home a run.
An out later Cody Simpson singled home another and Michael Drawbaugh would reach despite striking out. Following what would have been the third out Matt Berry doubled home a run and it was 5-2.
Ray was chased in the sixth as Greenwood put together an error and two walks before a line drive double play and the final out on the basepaths.
The Devil Dogs got a triple and a sacrifice fly to start the game against Jacob Krepps (0-1) but a walk, a hit batter and a two-run single chased Krepps in the second.
Cody Harrel hit a batter to lead off the third and he came around to score to make it 4-0.
After leaving runners on the corners in the third the Bearcats got back in it in the fourth on successive singles by Krepps, Cody Simpson, Michael Drawbaugh and Hayden Fennell. Matt Berry was hit by a pitch to load the bases but the inning ended when Cody Harrel struck out.
The Devil Dogs used three hits and a walk to plate three runs in the sixth. Fennell provided the remaining Bearcat run came home when he singled and stole second in the sixth.