EPC splits two, in baseball action
Nearing the home stretch of the season, the East Poinsett County baseball team recently split two games against tough competition. After wins against Osceola earlier in the week, EPC turned its attention to one of the toughest teams in Northeast Arkansas: the Trumann Wildcats.
A late charge gave Trumann an 11-1 victory over EPC. Trumann, under Coach Jim Montgomery scored four runs in the third inning and six runs in the fifth, to key the win.
Brent Maurizi provided a spark, both offensively and defensively in the game. Maurizi pitched five innings, giving up three hits on six strikeouts and two walks. Maurizi also went 3 for 3 at the plate, with three RBIs and a solo homer. Blake Wright went 2 for 3 for Trumann, while Revis Kemper hammered a three-run homer to spark Trumann. The only EPC run of the game occurred when Brandon Fortenberry advanced on a single. Zac Patterson, who was pinch running for Fortenberry scored as a result of a put out and fielder's choice. Fortenberry picked up the loss for EPC, who are 6-8 as of this writing.
On Friday, EPC returned home to face Cross County, of the 3AA-South district. The bats came alive for EPC, as the Warriors scored five runs in the second and one run each in the sixth and seventh to pick up a 7-6 victory. In the bottom of the second, Kevin Saddler started the inning off, reaching on an error. That was followed by a Carl Porter single, scoring Saddler. EPC then used fundamentals to pick up another run. Wayne Lewis laid down a suicide bunt, scoring Porter. Two batters later, Jared Wyatt capped the inning with a two-RBI single, scoring Lewis and Ty Tyler. In the sixth inning, EPC scored one run, on three hits, while Cross County scored two runs in the sixth inning to move the game within three, at 6-3. In the top of the seventh, Cross County send seven players to bat, scoring three runs and tying the game at six. However, EPC answered with a comeback in the bottom of the seventh. After two straight outs, EPC put the go-ahead run on second, when Christian Saliba hammered a two-out double. Saliba moved to third on a wild pitch. Two batters later, Jared Wyatt advanced on an infield single that scored Saliba. T.J. Smith picked up the win for EPC, going seven innings, striking out six and walking two on eight hits. Derek Wood picked up the loss for Cross County, who lost 13-9 Thursday against Marked Tree.
EPC was scheduled to play Trumann Monday, however, bad weather cancelled the game. According to school officials, the game will be made up on April 16 at 4:00 p.m.