In the semi-final round of the 1A Region 2 Baseball Tournament May 8 at the Cougar Sports Complex in Brockwell, Izard County rallied late, but still fell to Hillcrest by the score of 9-7.
The Screamin' Eagles held a 9-0 lead after five innings of play, only to see Izard County strike for six runs in the top of the seventh.
However, that was two runs short of catching Hillcrest and the Hillcrest Screamin' Eagles moved on to the championship game.
Derek Wooten struck out 12 Cougars en route to the victory for Hillcrest.
In opening-round action May 7, Miguel Hinojosa gave up just one hit, while fanning 16, to help Izard County to a 6-0 shutout of Norfork.
Hinojosa retired the final 12 Panthers he faced in order.
At the plate, Hinojosa drove in a run for the Cougars.
Preston Harmon paced Izard County at the dish with two hits and two RBIs.
The Cougars swiped 11 bases against Norfork on the day.