Badgers Sweep Paragould in Double Header

Apr 18th, 2012 | By admin | Category: Sports

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By C. Michael Long

Staff Sports Writer

The Badger baseball team continued their winning ways Tuesday,  April 10th at Badger Field against a tough Paragould team. Game one started quick, with Paragould unable to produce much offense in the top of the 1st inning. Beebe’s Tran Kersey started what was to be an enjoyable afternoon of baseball with a single to the outfield and was able to steal both 2nd and 3rd bases, when Jared Aschbrenner singled, Tran scored the Badgers first run of the inning. Brandon Stane doubled and the next batter, Zack May, calmly stepped up to the plate and hit a 2 run shot over the left field fence putting the Badgers up 3-0 to end the 1st inning.

Both teams went scoreless in the 2nd inning and Paragould went down 1-2-3 in the top of the 3rd inning. Jared Aschbrenner walked in the bottom of the 3rd and moved to 2nd base after a wild pitch which allowed Brandon Stane to hit a sacrifice fly and score Brandon, making it a 4-0 Badger lead.

Paragould mustered up one run in the top of the 4th inning with a couple of singles and a stolen base, but the Badgers answered the call in the bottom half of the inning when Matt Stillman hit a double and wound up on 3rd base due to a wild pitch. Tyler Burge then hit a sacrifice fly to score Matt, making it a 5-1 Badger lead.

Both teams were unable to score any runs in the 5th inning and the Badgers held Paragould scoreless in the top of the 6th inning. Pete Drennan started out the Badgers half of the 6th inning with a single and a stolen base which opened up another stellar inning, which saw the Badgers get a walk and four more hits by Matt Stillman, Than Kersey, Dakota Lovston and Jared Aschbrenner during the inning, scoring three runs and making the score 8-1.

Paragould showed some life in the top of the 7th inning with a double to start the inning, but quickly fizzled out to the Badgers pitching and went down in order giving the Badgers an 8-1 victory in the 1st game.

Both teams were sluggish starting out game two, with a pop up double play turned by Jared Aschbrenner being the highlight of the 1st two innings. Paragould was once again held scoreless in the top of the 3rd inning by the Badgers, but after Paragould walked Tyler Burge and he stole 2nd and 3rd base, the Badgers were back in business. Dakota Lovston then singled scoring Tyler from 3rd base and Brandon Stane then singled to bring in Dakota, making it 2-0 after three innings.

Paragould was able to get on the board in the top of the 4th inning with four singles, but another Badger double play stopped any kind of run they might have been thinking about and were able to score only one run. Paragould gave up four walks and four hits to Byars Halford, Than Kersey, Jared Aschbrenner and Brandon Stane in the bottom of the 4th inning, allowing the Badgers to score four more runs and make the score 6-1.

Paragould went down in order to start the 5th inning but after hits by Justin Browning, Matt Stillman and Tyler Burge and three walks given up by Paragould,  Tyler Burge was able to drive in Justin Browning to make the score 7-1 after five innings.

Paragould made some noise in the top of the 6th inning with four straight singles to score a run, but that’s all the Badgers would allow and after two more walks given up by the Paragould pitching in the bottom of the 6th, Matt Stillman singled to score Brandon Stane and put the Badgers up 8-2.

Paragould wouldn’t go quietly in the top of the 7th inning though by hitting three singles, a double and scoring two more runs. Closer Jacob Jones shut Paragould down after that with a couple of strike outs and this one was in the books, with the Badgers winning 8-4.

With the wins, the Badgers run their overall record to 10-8 and 7-1 in conference play. The last home conference double header is May 1st against Blytheville and then back to back games with Marion and Jacksonville on May 4th and 5th leading into the state tournament May 10th -12th.