Cards Beat Maumelle, Qual­ify For State

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By Mark Humphrey

FARM­ING­TON — Farm­ing­ton snapped a two-game los­ing streak that ended the reg­u­lar sea­son on a dis­ap­point­ing note with a de­ci­sive 13-2 win over Maumelle Mon­day.

The Car­di­nals lost 9-5 on the road at Russellville April 24 and 13-3 at home to Har­ri­son on April 27 that dropped them out of a No. 1 seed in the 5A West as post­sea­son play be­gan. They still hosted a first-round 5A West Con­fer­ence base­ball tour­na­ment game on Mon­day against Maumelle and reme­died the short­com­ings of the pre­vi­ous week.

The Car­di­nals won big, by a 13-2 mar­gin to qual­ify for state and ad­vance to the 5A West semi­fi­nals Tues­day at Green­brier. Maumelle took an early 2-0 lead in its first at-bat with ju­nior Ty An­der­son (1-for-2, RBI) driv­ing in a run, but that was one of only two hits the Hor­nets man­aged on the day. Se­nior Tre­vian Tucker (1-for-2) had the other and he would score a run.

Car­di­nal pitch­ing was so ef­fec­tive that Maumelle wasn’t get­ting on base. Six Hor­nets struck out, none reached on an er­ror and Farm­ing­ton only al­lowed 2 baseon-balls.

Farm­ing­ton an­swered with a run in the bot­tom of the first, then erupted for 6 runs on 5 hits, a passed ball, and a Maumelle er­ror in the sec­ond in­ning. The Car­di­nals chased Maumelle starter Andrew Howard (1.1 in­nings, 6 runs, 7 hits, 1 base-on-balls, 1 strike out) with a 2 RBI sin­gle into cen­ter field that broke a 2-2 tie. The Car­di­nals led the rest of the way and more runs were charged to Howard with run­ners he al­lowed on scor­ing.

Farm­ing­ton fresh­man Tate Sut­ton stepped out of the way as an­other run crossed home plate on a passed ball. Re­liever Con­ner McCul­lough walked Sut­ton, but gave up an RBI sin­gle to Hay­den VanLan­ing­ham and an RBI dou­ble to Colton Kil­gore as Farm­ing­ton took a 7-2 lead.

In the fourth in­ning, Derek Perona drove in a run with a sin­gle and catcher Will Da­nen­hauer hit a sin­gle into right field to score Farm­ing­ton’s ninth run. The in­ning ended with the Car­di­nals ahead, 10-2, and they ended the con­test early with 3 runs in the fifth.

MARK HUMPHREY EN­TER­PRISE-LEADER

Farm­ing­ton fresh­man Tate Sut­ton steps out of the way as a base run­ner crosses home plate af­ter passed ball against Maumelle Mon­day. The Car­di­nals won 13-2 to qual­ify for state and ad­vance to the 5A West semi­fi­nals Tues­day against Green­brier with the fi­nals set for Fri­day.

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