Cody Harrel did what is believed to be a first for the Bearcat baseball player last Thursday when he went deep twice in a blowout win over County Line.
Multiple home run games are hardly breaking news but Harrel hit home runs from both sides of the plate in the 16-1 win that snapped a two game losing streak that came on the heels of a 13 game winning streak.
The jacks in back-to-back at bats came during the week Harrel’s grandfather passed away. Harrel’s father, Casey, said the belief around their home is that because his grandfather was so ill and never got to see Harrel play, that Thursday was the first time he saw a game.
Harrel’s hitting aside in the games that matter in terms of the post season the Bearcats lost an ugly 18-14 game at Mena on Tuesday but bounced back to knock off Dardanelle, scoring in double digits for the third straight game.
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The Indians put together three hits to score a run against Tyler Mathews (3-0) in the first but they would not threaten again.
The Bearcats got that run back plus two more in their first. Cody Harrel singled to open the inning and James Ray hit a home run with two down to make it 2-1. Hayden Fennell singled and later scored as Michael Drawbaugh walked and Jacob Krepps doubled.
A 10-run second put the game away. After Mathews singled to open the inning Harrel was retired but after his teammates batted around – there were hits by Brandon Wolski, Fennell and Krepps – Harrel hit a home run from the left side that made it 13-3.
Brady Brasher, who threw the final two innings for the Bearcats, reached on an error to open the fourth inning and Harrel hit one out from the right side. Wolski later singled and scored for the second time in the game.
Bearcats 12 Dardanelle 0
Brandon Wolski allowed two hits over five innings and hit a two run home run in the first inning to get the Bearcats off and running on their way to a win Friday.
Wolski (6-0), allowed a one hout single in the first but sat down the next 13 Sand Lizards in order, before allowing a two-out double in the fifth. He struck out six.
Wolski’s first inning home run came with Cody Harrel aboard. Harrel scored in each of the first three innings as the Bearcats pushed the lead to 6-0 through two and 10-0 through three.
Mena 18 Bearcats 14
Cody Harrel walked leading off the game and later scored in an inning that didn’t feature a hit and in only got stranger from there.
A triple opened the game for Mena and after a hit batter, an error, a hit parade, more errors, another hit batter and the occasional walk later the home Bearcats had batted around twice and had a commanding 13-1 lead.
It was 15-2 after two innings before the visiting Bearcats made a move. Three runs in the fourth and eight in the fifth got Booneville to within 16-13 but Mena scored two more in their sixth to put it out of reach.