Cards win pitch­ers’ duel to stay alive

The Saline Courier Weekend - - SPORTS - By Josh Briggs

BOONEVILLE — The Har­mony Grove Car­di­nals lived on the edge Fri­day, keep­ing their 2019 cam­paign go­ing fol­low­ing a 1-0 win over Atkins to open the Re­gion 2 Re­gional Tour­na­ment at Booneville.

Atkins hurler Ben Jack­son ended his year with a com­plete-game masterpiec­e, log­ging seven in­ning while giv­ing up a run on seven hits. He also struck out six while not al­low­ing a walk.

For the Car­di­nals, south­paw James McCormick matched Jack­son for 5.1, al­low­ing four runs while strik­ing out eight. McCormick, though, would

walk a pair.

Fel­low lefty Chris­tian Young closed the game with 1.2 in­nings of per­fect work, strik­ing out one while not al­low­ing a hit.

Play­ing to a score­less tie through three, the score would not changed un­til Har­mony Grove scratched a run across in the fourth via RBI sin­gle from Shane Small.

Atkins would only have three run­ners reach base from the fourth in­ning on, go­ing score­less the en­tire way.

For Har­mony Grove, it too would only have three run­ners reach dur­ing that time.

Small led the Car­di­nals, go­ing 2 for 3 with an RBI. Five oth­ers would col­lect a hit as Har­mony Grove out­hit Atkins 7-4.

The vic­tory moves the Car­di­nals into the quar­ter­fi­nals where they will face a fa­mil­iar foe — Cen­tral Ar­kan­sas Chris­tian.

The Car­di­nals have fallen twice to CAC this sea­son, in­clud­ing a heart­break­ing 8-7 walk-off in the semi­fi­nals of last week’s 5-3A Dis­trict Tour­na­ment.

First pitch is un­de­ter­mined at this time as the threat of in­clement weather could post­pone to­day’s matchups.

GREG DAVIS/Spe­cial to The Sa­line Courier

Har­mony Grove slug­ger Shane Small smacks a pitch dur­ing a re­cent home game. On Fri­day, Small led the Car­di­nals to a 1-0 win, driv­ing home the lone run in the fourth in­ning. Har­mony Grove now will face Cen­tral Ar­kan­sas Chris­tian in the quar­ter­fi­nals of the Re­gion 2 Re­gional Tour­na­ment at Booneville.

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