Tuesday, May 03, 2016

SPORTS STORY >> Lonoke falls in stay-busy contest with CAC ’Stangs

Leader sports editor

Torrential downpours ruined plans for the first three days of the 4A-2 District baseball and softball tournaments. Play was scheduled to begin Friday afternoon at Stuttgart, but heavy rain meant no games Friday, Saturday or Monday.

With regional tournaments set to begin tomorrow, much of the district events were called off.

In baseball, the tournament was canceled and the top four teams from the regular season were awarded regional bids.

The softball tournament got started last night with Lonoke facing CAC and needing to win two games to qualify for regional.

The two top baseball seeds went to CAC and Lonoke, an provided the two teams with an opportunity to play a stay—busy game at Lonoke Ballpark on Monday that the Mustangs won 4-0. CAC beat Lonoke 7-6 in the regular-season.

The Lady Jackrabbits played their first district game Tuesday evening after Leader deadlines.

In Monday’s baseball game, the Mustangs got all four of the game’s runs in the first inning before the contest settled into a pitchers’ duel. Lots of players took the mound for both teams, only CAC’s Joey Bond threw more than one inning as the Mustangs used six pitchers while Lonoke (12-8) utilized seven for one inning each.

Both teams finished with just three hits. The difference in the game was that one of CAC’s hits was a home run that followed a walk and two Lonoke errors.

Cade Huckeby hit the home run while Braden Quesinberry got the win for his one-inning of work on the mound.

Ethan Holland, Casey Martin and Kade Stuart got Lonoke’s three base hits. The two first inning errors were the only ones in the game.

Lonoke hosts the regionals. The baseball team plays at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.