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Five Combine On No Hitter

<p><strong>Ball gets away</strong>. James Ray runs down a ball that got away from him against Maumelle Friday.</p>

Ball gets away. James Ray runs down a ball that got away from him against Maumelle Friday.

<p><strong>Smashed</strong>. Brandon Wolski connects on this pitch against Maumelle.</p>

Smashed. Brandon Wolski connects on this pitch against Maumelle.

The Booneville Bearcats opened conference play with an unusual win in Waldron.

Out of the ordinary because five pitchers combined on a no-hitter against the Bulldogs. Each threw one inning as the Bearcats shortened the game to five innings of a 16-1 win.

Including a nonconference game in which freshman Brady Brasher dominated the Bulldogs, Booneville allowed just one hit over 12 innings.

On Friday Brandon Wolski (5-0) picked up his second win of the week as the Bearcats escaped Maumelle.

Bearcats 16

Waldron 1

Dalton Herrera started it for the Bearcats and, after two were down, delivered what looked like a ground ball for a third out but an error allowed Brady Wadkins. A second throwing error allowed Wadkins to come all the way around to score but a strike out — Herrera’s third — ended the inning.

The Bulldogs had only one more baserunner.

Brandon Wolski (4-0) followed by fanning the side in order in the second, Cody Harrel fanned two of the three he faced in the third, James Ray pitched around a one-out walk in the fourth and Tyler Mathews struck out the side in the fifth.

By the time Wolski finished his work the outcome was decided. The Bearcats had staked Herrera to a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth when Ray singled home Harrel, who had reached on an error and Wolski, who had singled.

The Bearcats scored nine in the second to make it 11-1 with Michael Drawbaugh providing the big blast with a three run home run. Herrera also drove in a run, Wolski drew a walk to score one, and Ray doubled home two.

A Cody Simpson sacrifice fly made it 12-1 in the third and Wolski plated two in a three run fourth — Simpson added his second RBI — to make it 15-1. A ground ball by Harrel made it 16-1 in the fifth.

Bearcats 7

Maumelle 5

The Hornets put the tying runs in scoring position before Brandon Wolski finally closed out a complete game.

It was anything but a pretty game. The Hornets broke on top when Wolski walked two and an error produced a run. The Bearcats got that back when Cody Harrel beat the pitcher to the bag after grounding to first. James Ray singled home the run.

An inning later Cody Simpson was hit by a pitch and stole a base then scored on a soft double by Trevor Jones and after a walk to Hayden Fennell a single by Harrel drove in two to make it 4-1.

Maumelle cut it to 4-2 when Summers reached on a strike out and later scored.

Wolski doubled to open the home third and scored on a single by Michael Drawbaugh. An error allowed Simpson to reach and Drawbaugh to make it 6-2.

A pair of two-out walks and an error got Maumelle to within 6-3 but a solo home run by Jones gave the Bearcats a 7-3 advantage.

Maumelle got a double and took advantage of errors to cut the lead to 7-5 before Wolski induced a fly ball to Matt Berry in center and got a strike out to end it.

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