Wednesday’s make up game with Glen Rose was the most disappointing of the 17 losses by the Arkadelphia Badgers this season.
After Arkadelphia took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, Glen Rose scored a run on an error in the second inning and added two more runs in the third inning on two more errors. The visiting Beavers scored four times in the top of the fifth inning on two more Badgers errors and three hit batters. Glen Rose won the game 8-2.
“It isn’t even baseball at this point,” Arkadelphia head baseball coach Brant Matros said. “I am not sure they want to be playing, honestly. There was a definite lack of effort. We had a good batting practice session before the game and had a lot of energy, but I guess they used it up. I don’t know if they didn’t have enough in their tanks, but now I don’t have two guys who want to play to win. There is nobody competing. The seniors are making mistakes and right there at the end, a senior in what could be his last at-bat of the season just wanted to get out and wanted it over. And it’s going to be over if they want it to be over. I will come pretty quick. At some point, players have to make plays. They are coached to know what to do and there was no situation that we didn’t know what to do. We don’t make plays and it comes with two outs. When we have two outs, we have guys who are afraid to make plays. Right now, we can’t get out of an inning with two, because we have guys afraid to let loose and make somethings happen. That’s the biggest thing defensively and offensively, we were just awful.
“That was a below-average high school pitcher who is throwing in the low 70s with a below-average high school off-speed pitch and we get the guys on in the first inning by bunting and making things happen and they aren’t playing very good defense, then we decide we want to hit the ball over the fence, which we can’t do,” Matros added. “They are not doing their job at the plate. Everything was popped up and that shows me that they can’t hit it, so they are not doing what they are coached to do and if they are not going to do what they are coached to do then they are going to lose. It is as simple as that.”
Alec Ruble and Eric Groom scored for the Badgers in the bottom of the first inning. Ruble reached on an infield hit and scored when Groom was safe on a throwing error by the Glen Rose pitcher. Groom went all the way to third base and scored when Braydon Todd grounded out to third base. A ground out to shortstop and a fly ball to right field ended the inning with Arkadelphia holding on to a 2-0 lead.
Glen Rose scored its first run in the top of the second inning on a lead-off double and a throwing error to third base with two outs by the Badgers.
Arkadelphia went down in order in the bottom of the second inning, but still led 2-1. The Beavers took the lead in the top of the third inning when a strike out with two outs ended up being a free base on a passed ball. An error on an infield catch allowed another Glen Rose runner to reach base and a single to left field scored both runners for a 3-2 lead.
River Melugin led off the bottom of the third inning with an infield hit. His courtesy runner Ky Harrison stole second base. A grounder back to the pitcher was followed by a bunt single by Groom. With runners at first and second, a fly ball to center field and a ground out to first base ended the potential scoring threat by Arkadelphia.
A throwing error by the Badgers allowed a runner to get to second base. He was caught stealing third after a fly ball to left field. Another infield single resulted in Beavers runner to get out at second to end the scoring threat.
Maddox Breashears reached on an infield hit in the bottom of the fourth inning with two outs, but was left stranded. Glen Rose put up four runs on the board in the top of the fifth inning on three hit batsmen, a bunt single, a Badger error and a two-run single. Glen Rose led 7-2.
Groom doubled for Arkadelphia with two outs in the bottom of the fifth, but he didn’t move off base when a pop fly to short ended the inning.
Glen Rose added another run in the top of the sixth inning. A lead-off walk and a triple scored the run. The Beaver runner on third base tried to score on a squeeze play, but Melugin tagged him at the plate, however three walks followed to load the bases before the a strike out got Arkadelphia out the jam.
Turner Pentecost singled with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, but a pop fly to second base ended the Badgers half of the inning.
After Glen Rose failed to score in the top of the seventh, a ground out to short for the first out was followed by a single to right-center field by Josh Wallace. A strike out looking followed and a pop fly to third base ended the game.