BISMARCK - The Bismarck Lion scored six runs in the second inning and added five more in the bottom of the fourth inning to defeat the visiting Mena Bearcats 13-0 in five innings on Thursday afternoon at Rusty McLard Field.
Jayden Howell threw a one-hit shut out against the Bearcats and had six strikeouts in the win for Bismarck. The Lions are setting themselves up for the 5-3A district tournament that starts next week.
Against Mena, Howell struck out the Bearcat side in the first inning with one walk allowed. In the bottom of the first, Cade Beckwith reached on an error and moved to second on a wild pitch. Sawyer Hardage walked and Howell put down a sacrifice bunt to move up the runners. With two runners on, Bradey DePriest hit into a fielder’s choice that got Beckwith tagged out at home plate. The first inning ended with neither team scoring.
With one out in the bottom of the second inning, James Kegley reached first on a throwing error by the Mena shortstop. Jesse Parker reached on an error to put Bismarck runners at first and second. Zach Webb singled up the middle and a throwing error by the Mena centerfielder scored Kegley for the first run of the game.
Beckwith single to center to bring in Parker and Webb. Hardage walked and Howell was hit by a pitch. DePriest reached on an error that scored Beckwith and Braden Gill was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score Hardage. With two outs, Kegley reached on another error by the Mena shortstop the scored Howell to make it a 6-0 Bismarck lead.
After Howell sat Mena down in order, Webb singled and stole second. With one out, Hardage reached on an error by the Mena third baseman that brought in Webb and with two outs, DePriest singled in Hardage to make it an 8-0 Lions lead.
The Bearcats got a runner to third base, but left him stranded in the top of the fourth inning.
With one out in the bottom half of the fourth, Parker reached on an error by the shortstop and went to second on the play. A wild pitch moved Parker to third base and Beckwith drew a walk. Hardage was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Howell walked to score Parker. DePriest singled in Beckwith and Hardage. Gill was hit by a pitch and Collier Robertson walked. Kegley singled to center to score two runs for a 13-0 Bismarck lead.
The Lions turned a double-play in the top of the fifth inning against Mena to end the game.