The Mammoth Spring Bears faced a daunting task in the opening round of the Class AA Region 3 Tournament in Brockwell on April 28.
How to defeat the 19-1 Midland Mustangs, owners of the number one ranking in Class AA and winners of four straight regional championships.
The Bears found no weaknesses in Mustang starter Michael Harris who went the distance in the 13-2 run- called game.
Mammoth Spring looked to get on the board early in the first as Derek Todd led off with a base hit, and Matt Newman moved Todd to second with a sacrifice bunt.
Tim Simers reached first on a Midland error, giving the Bears two on with one out.
Mammoth Spring did not capitalize as Harris settled down and retired the next two Bears.
Midland jumped in front 3-0 in the bottom of the first.
The Mustangs scored in the inning on a balk, a steal of home, and an RBI base hit.
Harris set down the Bears in order in the top of the second to set up a big inning from the Midland offense.
The Mustangs exploded for eight runs as they batted around in the inning.
Midland tacked on two more runs in the home half of the third to lead 13-0 after three.
The Bears got going in the top of the fourth on a 2 RBI double for Derrick Baldridge.
This was the only score of the five-inning contest for Mammoth Spring as they lost 13-2.
Baldridge paced the Bears at the plate with his double that scored two.