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Baseball: Har-Ber holds off Rogers to complete 7A sweep

SPRINGDALE -- Caleb Grace delivered on the mound and at the plate to help Springdale Har-Ber complete a 7A-West Conference sweep.

Grace (2-0) scattered 5 hits in a complete-game effort, and added an RBI double in a three-run second inning to help the Wildcats to a 4-2 win against Rogers High in Arvest Ballpark on Thursday.

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The Har-Ber right-hander struck out eight in the win as the Wildcats (4-0, 2-0 7A-West) completed the series sweep heading into next week's spring break road trip to Florida.

"Caleb is always around the zone and he makes other teams beat him," Har-Ber coach Ron Bradley said. "That's the best thing about him. He did a great job of getting ahead of hitters today."

Har-Ber gave Grace all the run support he needed in the second inning with back-to-back-to-back doubles from Jacob Williams, Grace and Lincoln Rasmussen that put two runs on the scoreboard. The third run touched the dish on a fielder's choice and a 3-0 lead.

Grace allowed just three hits over the first five innings before Rogers (2-3, 0-2) was able to break through with a pair of runs in the sixth. Luke McFadden led off the top of the sixth with a walk and scored easily from first base when Grayson Lee crushed a ball to deep center field for an RBI triple. Lee scored on Andrew McGlynn's flair single into right, cutting Har-Ber's lead to 4-2.

Grace made quick work of the Mounties in the seventh by striking out the side to end the game just before darkness settled over the ballpark.

"He was good today. He threw strikes, didn't walk anybody and they made plays behind him," Rogers coach Matt Melson said of Grace. "The big inning got us there again, for the second day in-a-row. That crooked number kills you, but overall I thought it was a well-played game."

The Mounties will be off until next Friday when they compete in the Bartlesville (Okla.) Tournament. Har-Ber is scheduled to host Crossett at 5 p.m. today at Tyson Park before its spring break trip to Panama City, Fla.

Fayetteville 13, Bentonville High 1

Logan Carr was 4-for-5 with four RBIs, and Miller Pliemann held Bentonville to one hit over 5.1 innings as Fayetteville routed the Tigers and caused a split in their 7A-West series.

Hayes Cox was 3-for-5 and drove in three runs, and Barrett Banister was 2-for-4 with two RBIs for Fayetteville, which scored three runs in the third and three in the fifth before erupting for seven runs in the seventh.

Bentonville (2-3, 1-1) had its only hit in the sixth, and it accounted for the Tigers’ only run as Tyler Johnson’s double drove in Destyn Adkins, who earlier reached on an error.

Shiloh Christian 7, Rogers Heritage 2

Connor Clark threw five scoreless innings and drove in a run to lead the Saints to victory.

Clark picked up the pitching victory, allowing one hit over five innings. He struck out four and walked six. Jake Nelson went 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs for Shiloh Christian, which led 5-0 after five innings.

Landen Clines took the loss for Heritage (1-5), allowing three runs (two earned) over four innings. He struck out two and walked two. Ben Pollock and Kyle Judd each drove in runs for the War Eagles.

Farmington 13, Clarksville 0

Tyler Gregg threw a perfect game over 5 innings and the Cardinals banged 13 hits in a run-rule home win Thursday.

Gregg threw only 56 pitches and struck out 8. He also homered and drove in a pair of runs.

Drake Vineyard also homered and drove in a pair of runs, and Ryan Larkin and Blake Putnam each had multiple hits for the Cardinals (6-3).

Farmington will be on the road next week on a spring break trip to Gulf Shores, Ala.

Siloam Springs 3, Alma 1

Chance Junkermann scattered a host of Alma baserunners through 6 2/3 innings, and Eli Hawbaker got the final out with the bases loaded as Siloam Springs defeated the Airedales.

Junkermann (2-1) carried a shutout into the seventh inning before the Airedales scratched a run across and loaded the bases with two outs. Hawbaker coaxed a ground ball off the bat of Lane Caldwell for a force out to end the game to earn the save.

Dawson Armstrong doubled off the left-center field fence for a 1-0 lead, and Josh Hunt followed with a two-run single to make it 3-0.

Sports on 03/17/2017

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