The Arkadelphia Badgers pulled no punches in Thursday's 16-2 win over the Benton Harmony Grove Cardinals.
The Arkadelphia Badgers dominated the Benton Harmony Grove Cardinals Thursday afternoon on the road, taking a 16-2 victory.
Kris Oliver reached on an error to start the game, and a pair of singles by Cutter Jester and Jakahari Howell allowed him to score.
A fielder’s choice that ousted Howell allowed Ty Kosters to reach, putting runners in the corners before Austin White reached on a fielder’s choice that sent Jester across the plate for the 2-0 lead.
The Cardinals were able to score one in the bottom of the inning to cut the Badger lead in half, 2-1, and they were able to tie it up in the bottom of the second, 2-2.
Howell led off in the top of the third inning with a single, and Kosters reached on an error that allowed him to take second, putting Howell in scoring position.
A single by White sent Howell home, and Kosters scored on a double by J. Brooks Burnham.
Clay Wilson hit a single, and with one out, Brandon Matros reached on an error that sent White home for the 5-2 lead.
In the top of the third, Jester was hit by a pitch, and he scored on a pop fly by Kosters for the second out of the inning.
White was beaned, and Burnham hit a double before an error allowed White to score and Wilson to reach first.
Another error put Matros on base, sending Burnham home.
Jahlon Mitchell hit a hard single to score Wilson, and a single by Oliver put Matros across the plate.
Jester then hit a single to give the Badgers an 11-2 lead as Mitchell scored.
The score remained unchanged until the top of the sixth.
With one out, Mitchell and Oliver each reached on errors, and Mitchell scored on Oliver’s mis-handled bunt, allowing Oliver to take second.
Howell then reached on a fielder’s choice before Kosters hit a home run to clear the bases.
Jake Knight was then hit by a pitch, and Brayden Bebee and Wilson singled to load the bases.
Khalil Hart was then beaned to send in Knight for the final run of the game, 16-2.
Jacob Coon picked up the win for the Badgers, pitching three innings. He gave up one earned and one unearned run off four hits and three walks. He struck out two.
Dylan Weems earned the save, pitching three innings. He gave up one walk while striking out four.
The Badgers moved to 7-2 with the win.