Sweep keeps Hurricane tied atop 5A-East | Sports



JONESBORO – Jonesboro won Game 1 of a rout and Game 2 in a close final to sweep Greene County Tech in a 5A-East conference baseball doubleheader on Tuesday.

The Hurricane (19-5-1, 9-1 conference) and Marion (20-5, 9-1) are tied atop the 5A East standings with four league games to play. Greene County Tech (conference 15-5, 7-3) and Batesville are tied for third.

Jonesboro scored six runs in the second inning and seven in the fourth en route to a 14-0 victory in Tuesday’s opener. Hudson Hosman and Jack Gueno homered as the Hurricane had 12 team hits, including four for extra bases.

Hosman was 2 for 3 with four RBIs and two runs scored. Rykar Acebo was 2-for-2 with three RBIs and two runs scored; Maddox Morrison was 2-2 and scored twice; Gueno led in three points; Josh Hyneman tripled and drove in a single race; Meyer Maddox and Will Thyer had one hit and one RBI each; Zac Day drove in a race; and Charlie Dominguez hit a double.

Lance Davis limited the GCT to three hits, including two from Camden Farmer. Davis struck out eight batters while walking just one in five innings.

Jonesboro took a 4-3 victory in the nightcap, extending their winning streak to nine games as Acebo and Ty Rhoades combined to knock out 11 GCT batters. Aceo pitched four innings for the win, giving up two runs on two hits with seven strikeouts. Rhoades got a three-inning stoppage, allowing a run on two hits while striking out four.

Acebo was 2 for 4 with an RBI, while Dominguez had two runs. Maddox tripled and scored a run, while Thyer added a brace for the Hurricane.

Christian Walls doubled and drove in two runs for the Eagles. Hutson Guinn doubled up and kicked off a run, while Farmer also hit a brace for GCT.

Valley View 19-15, Pocahontas 0-1

JONESBORO — Valley View maintained its perfect 4A-3 conference record on Tuesday with another doubles sweep, routing Pocahontas 19-0 in Game 1 and 15-1 in Game 2.

The Blazers, who will host second-place Brookland next Tuesday to wrap up the championship game, have won eight conference games by shutout. Valley View (21-4, 12-0 conference) is averaging 14.8 points per game in 4A-3.

Eli Crecelius and Keats Grantham combined on a five inning no-hitter in Game 1. Crecelius (6-0) struck out seven batters while walking two in four innings. Grantham struck out two while working the fifth.

Valley View had 15 hits in Game 1. Lawson Ward was 3 for 3 with two doubles and three RBIs, while Carter Saulsbury was 3 for 3 with a double, two runs scored and three RBIs.

Kannon Jones went 2-for-2 with a triple, two RBIs and two runs scored; Grayson Becker was 2 for 3 with two runs scored and one RBI; Slade Caldwell doubled, drove in two runs and scored twice; Carson Turley doubled and drove in two runs; Drew Gartman had a hit, an RBI and scored three runs; Tyler Hoskins and Ryan Collins each had an RBI; and Jackson Stotts scored twice.

Caldwell and Barrett Brooks combined on two hits in Game 2. Caldwell (5-0) struck out nine while allowing one hit over four innings. Brooks struck out three in one inning.

Caldwell went 2-for-3 with two doubles, three runs scored and two RBIs in Game 2. Grayson Becker was 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs.

Turley hit a triple, drove in two runs and scored three; Ward overtook and drove into a run; Cooper Lutz and Gartman had one hit and one RBI each; and Gavin Tice drove in a race.

Brookland 9-12, Southside 0-0

BROOKLAND – Jack Henry Pettit and Weston Speir threw complete shutouts on Tuesday as Brookland swept Southside in a 4A-3 conference baseball doubleheader.

Pettit (5-2) struck out 10 as the Bearcats won Game 1 9-0. He scatter three hits and only walk one batter.

Gavin Jordan was 2-3 in Game 1, while Dax Webb, Mason Brodell, Weston Speir and Griffin Duvall had two runs apiece. Kolin Parker also added an RBI.

Speir (4-0) struck out 10 batters while allowing one hit as the Bearcats won Game 2 12-0. He was also 2-for-4 with three RBIs for the Bearcats (18-5, 11-1 in conference).

Pettit was 3 for 4; Mason Pankey was 2 for 4 with an RBI; Cade Collins was 2 for 2 with two RBIs; Jake Reece drove in three-pointers; and Duvall added an RBI.

Riverside 4, Bay 3

BAY — Down three runs after four innings, the Riverside Rebels scored four unanswered runs to defeat the Bay Yellowjackets 4-3 on Tuesday.

Landon Therrell kicked a run in the first inning and Easton Fletcher lined up a shot into center field with two outs late in the third to put Bay up 3-0.

Back-to-back hits by Easton Hatch, Trae Barnes and Cash Gillis helped the Rebels (7-4 conference) score twice in the fifth. Hatch’s two-out hit drove in two runs in the sixth to give Riverside a 4-3 lead.

Hatch was 3 for 4 with three RBIs. He also pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing three hits and three runs on five walks and 11 strikeouts.

Fletcher was 1 for 2 at the plate with a pair of RBIs and a stolen base for Bay (6-4 conference). He also pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing four hits and four runs on four walks and 11 strikeouts. Therell was 2 for 2 with an RBI.

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