The Thayer Bobcats made short work of the Mammoth Spring Bears on a cold, blustery afternoon April 8, winning 14-4 as Bobcat starter Josh Garrison held the Bears to one run during his four innings on the mound.
Thayer jumped on the board in the home half of the first as a couple of Bear errors led to two Bobcat runs.
Kyle Goetting led off with a walk and then moved to third on an overthrow of second.
Goetting wasn't on third long as he came home when the Bobcats' number-two hitter, Aaron Henry, reached first on the Bears' second overthrow of the inning.
Thayer went on top 2-0 as Anthony Martin drove Henry in on a sacrifice fly.
Mammoth Spring advanced the scoreboard in the top of the second as Keith Chappelear posted the Bears' first hit of the game with a single to left.
Chappelear stole second and then rounded home two batters later as Stephen White hit into a fielder's choice to draw Mammoth Spring within a run at 2-1.
The gap didn't remain narrow for very long as the Bobcats got to Mammoth Spring starter Kaleb Smith for seven runs in the bottom of the second.
After a pair of base hits to Andrew Eckman and Carl Hunter got the Bobcats in scoring position, Eckman came in as Smith was called for a balk.
Hunter was next to score as Goetting picked up an RBI by dropping a bloop single to left.
The Bobcats plated their third run of the frame as Henry reached first on an infield hit, bringing John Tollenaar home.
Jared Gaines continued the damage for the Bobcats as he picked up two RBIs by ripping a triple to right that brought Anthony Martin and Matt Martin in.
Not finished, Gaines then stole home on a wild pitch to move Thayer in front 9-1 after two innings of play.
Thayer added two more runs in the bottom of the third on an RBI single from Tollenaar and sacrifice fly by Bradley Harper.
Up 11-1, the Bobcats tacked three extra runs onto their lead in the fourth as Eckman brought Gaines home with a single before coming around himself on a sacrifice fly from Hunter.
Tollenaar rounded out the Bobcat scoring as he swiped home on a passed ball to pad Thayer's lead at 14-1 going into the fifth inning.
Mammoth Spring got three runs back in the top of the fifth against Bobcat reliever Lindan Caldwell.
Stephen White led off with a walk, and Allen Russell followed by being plunked by a pitch.
Seth Risner picked up an RBI as his groundout to first brought White in to score.
A base hit to left from Logan Lawrence was enough to bring Russell home, and Kaleb Smith logged the Bears' last RBI of the game with a double before Aaron Henry came in to relieve Caldwell.
Henry got Andrew Burke to pop out, ending the game with Thayer in front 14-4.
Eckman and Hunter paced Thayer with two hits and one RBI each, while Gaines added a triple and two RBIs, and Tollenaar finished with a double and RBI.
Chappelear led the Bears with two hits, while Smith added a double and one RBI.