Farm­ing­ton Ju­nior Strong In Re­turn


Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By Mike Cap­shaw

LIN­COLN — Farm­ing­ton’s Tyler Gregg and Ben Sil­vis com­bined for a no-hit­ter to lift the Car­di­nals to an 11-2 vic­tory against Lin­coln on Thurs­day.

Gregg, a ju­nior, struck out the side in the first two in­nings be­fore run­ning into con­trol prob­lems in the third. He threw eight con­sec­u­tive balls at one point and walked three in the in­ning as Lin­coln (0-1) was able to even the score at 2-2 on a fielder’s choice and a throw­ing er­ror. But Gregg fin­ished out the in­ning with two more strike­outs to fin­ish with eight to­tal out of nine pos­si­ble outs.

It was Gregg’s first pitch­ing ap­pear­ance since un­der­go­ing Tommy John surgery in Novem­ber, 2014. The pre­vi­ous spring, he was named the All-NWA Me­dia New­comer of the Year for Class 5A and below.

“We’re work­ing him back into a groove and we’re do­ing it slowly,” said Farm­ing­ton coach Jay Harper. “He wasn’t as sharp as what he wants to be and he knows that. I know that. But he got some good work in. Threw a lot of good pitches.”

Gregg ap­peared to have his ve­loc­ity back while con­sis­tently throw­ing 86-87 mph fast­balls for Farm­ing­ton ( 2- 0). He mixed in a break­ing ball to keep Wolves’ bat­ters off bal­ance in their first time fac­ing live pitch­ing this sea­son.

“We can’t sim­u­late that (in prac­tice),” said Lin­coln coach Justin Bounds. “We can move the ‘ L’ screen up and throw as fast as we can, but you can’t sim­u­late a pitcher who throws that hard and has a curve­ball like that.”

At the plate, Gregg had three

dou­bles and three RBIs. Car­di­nals ju­nior Ryan Larkin, who was 2- for- 3, pushed the go- ahead run across in the fourth in­ning. Sil­vis, Blake Madewell, Blake Put­nam, Caleb Rea­gan and Drew Vin­son each had two hits to pace a 15-hit Farm­ing­ton at­tack.

“Our theme is to win the in­ning. We won five, we lost one and we tied one,” said Harper, who’s team opened the sea­son with a 10-1 win against Gravette on Feb. 29.

“And when you do that, you’re go­ing to win games. We started slow, and we need to cor­rect strike­outs, we had five strike­outs and we left nine run­ners on, so we do have some things to work on and cor­rect.”

Sil­vis (1-0), who had two RBIs, re­tired all 12 bat­ters he faced and fin­ished with five strike­outs to com­plete the no-hit­ter.

Bounds said his team was “just ex­cited to stop prac­tic­ing and start play­ing” and to “get the Game 1 jit­ters out of the way.”

De­spite be­ing no- hit against Farm­ing­ton and los­ing 11-1 in five in­nings the fol­low­ing day at Spring­dale, the se­cond-year head coach be­lieves this team has po­ten­tial.

“This year com­pared to last year, I’ve got twice as many guys and guys who didn’t play last year who are play­ing again,” Bounds said. “So it’s kinda like Year 1 all over again for some of them. Oth­ers who played last year, they’re ahead.

“But I was proud of the way we com­peted to tie it up against some very good pitch­ing.”


Farm­ing­ton ju­nior Tyler Gregg was strong in his first pitch­ing ap­pear­ance since un­der­go­ing Tommy John surgery on his el­bow in Novem­ber 2014.


Lin­coln sopho­more Chris­tian Crit­ten­den tries to ex­e­cute a squeeze play in an at­tempt to score Ja­cob Anderson from third base, but the bunt rolled foul down the third base line.

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