MT hosts 3AA-South District Tourney
With the regular season ending, most baseball teams in the state of Arkansas now turn their attention to post-season play.
That is the case for the six teams that make up the 3AA-South District. This week, Marked Tree played host to those teams in the 2003 3AA-South District Tournament. In the first round, played Thursday, both Riverside and Cross County advanced into the second round, with easy wins over Turrell and Hughes, respectively.
The second round began Monday, with Riverside and Cross County, joining Marked Tree and Bay in the semifinals. In one semifinal matchup, Marked Tree scored four runs in the fifth inning to go on to defeat Riverside 8-7. Marked Tree led Riverside 8-3 after six innings, but the Rebels battled back in the seventh inning (scoring four runs) making the game close. However, Andy Lung, in relief for starter Jeffrey Thompson, picked up the save for Marked Tree, leaving the tying run for Riverside at third base on a groundout. Marked Tree was led by Brayden Malone, who went 4 for 4, with two runs scored, two stolen bases and two RBIs. Will Drace and Jeffrey Thompson each went 2 for 4 for Marked Tree, who advanced to the finals with the win. Michael DeWitt and Alex Smith each led Riverside, going 3 for 4. DeWitt scored three runs and drove in one run, lacking a home run in going for the cycle. Smith drove in three runs and had one stolen base for Riverside, who in spite of the loss go next week to Monette to participate in the Class AA Region 2 tournament. Jeffrey Thompson picked up the win for Marked Tree, going 6 2/3 innings, striking out 12 batters on eight hits and seven runs. Matt Owens picked up the loss for Riverside, going six innings and striking out six Marked Tree batters.
In the other semifinal game Monday, Bart Hogan drove in three runs and struck out seven batters as the Bay Yellowjackets defeated Cross County 10-3. Hogan picked up the win for the Yellowjackets, who advance to the finals to face Marked Tree. Davey Webb led the Yellowjackets offensively, driving in three runs on the day.
Coverage of the final Tuesday between Marked Tree and Bay will be in next week's Tri-City Tribune.