Mammoth Spring plays way back to state tourney
With two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Mammoth Spring Bears slipped past Calico Rock 3-2 in the opening round of the 1A Region 2 Tournament April 25 at Viola City Park.
The victory gives the Bears a spot in the state baseball tournament for the first time in 13 years.
Colton Goetting picked up the win for Mammoth Spring, striking out 11 Pirate hitters in the game.
Calico Rock's Alex Skidmore fanned eight.
Down 2-1 in the sixth inning, the Bears responded with a game-winning rally.
Caleb Brown tied the contest with a triple that plated Grant Lemonds.
Then, Goetting racked up a fielder's choice groundout that allowed Brown to cross home, pushing Mammoth Spring on top 3-2.
The Hillcrest Screamin' Eagles, 1A-2 East champions, knocked off Mammoth Spring 4-0 in the finals of the district Tournament April 21 at Black Rock.
Hillcrest's ace, Derek Wooten, held the Bears to just two hits in the championship contest.
Wooten racked up 13 strikeouts while allowing three free passes.
The Bears exploded for eight runs in the fifth inning to overpower the Izard County Cougars 12-3 April 20 in the semi-final round.
The game was locked at 3-all after the first inning, but Mammoth Spring broke things open with its big fifth inning.
The Cougars managed just two hits on the day, an RBI-double from Ethan Porter and a two-run dinger by Jed Yarnell.
Goetting earned the win for the Bears, coming on in the fifth inning and retiring six of the 10 batters he faced with strikeouts.
Aaron Burke started the game for Mammoth Spring and gave up two hits while walking four and fanning two.
Preston Harmon pitched 4 1/3 innings for Izard County, giving up seven hits while striking out four Bear batters.
Cheston Ponder had a pair of hits and two ribbies for Mammoth Spring, while Brandon Roberson added two hits.
Seth Godwin hit safely, with Adam Watson, Grant Lemonds, Burke and Derrick Henry logging a hit and run-batted-in apiece.