Twice last week, Bearcat opponents scored runs in their final at bats, and in the process doomed the Bearcat season to an end short of the Class 4A tournament.
In the district tournament finals Monday in Mena Dover scored twice in the bottom of the sixth to take a 7-6 win. In the Class 4A North regional it was Farmington scoring twice in the top of the seventh to add the insurance in a 5-2 win.
A game scheduled at Lincoln was moved to Farmington – giving the Cardinals a home game – due to heavy rains Thursday night and the early morning hours of Friday.
Cody Harrel was hit by a pitch to open the game and scored on a double by Brandon Wolski . James Ray reached on an error, Hayden Fennel on catcher’s interference and Cody Simpson on another walk, but Wolski was cut down at the plate and Michael Drawbaugh’s fly ball left the bases loaded.
The Bearcats made it 2-0 in the second when Harrel singled with two down, and eventually scored after a Dalton Herrera single and a wild pitch.
Farmington used the long ball to get the win.
A two run home run against Wolski (7-1) tied it and the Cardinals took a 3-2 lead on a solo shot in the fifth. Another two run shot made it 5-2 in the sixth.
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In the Bearcat fifth James Ray drew a walk and Hayden Fennell tripled him home, but was out at the plate to give Booneville a 6-5 lead.
Dover did not answer against Cody Harrel in the bottom of the inning but in the sixth the Pirates got a leadoff triple and a run on a sacrifice by Luke Price – his fifth RBI of the day – then took the lead when a strike out victim reached and later scored the eventual winning run.
The Bearcats had gotten two aboard in the top of the sixth on an error and a walk but couldn’t push a run home and in the seventh Dalton Herrera and Brandon Wolski opened the inning with singles.
Herrera was erased on a fielder’s choice by Fennell, Ray popped out on the infield and Jacob Krepps tapped into a fielder’s choice that again erased a potential tying run at third.
Fennell drove in the first Bearcat run with a ground ball – Ray had doubled – and Herrera doubled home a run in the third to make it 2-1.
Dover got a run in the bottom of the second and Price’s first home run, a solo shot in the third tied it at 2-2.
Both teams scored three in the fourth. Cody Simpson singled home one and Harrel singled home two for the Bearcats and Price hit a three run home run for the Pirates.