In between winning their district tourney and preparing to compete in regional tournament games, the Mammoth Spring Bears' baseball team had a regularly-scheduled game vs. their across-the-border rivals, the Thayer Bobcats, last week.
Seth Brown scored from second base on a Mammoth Spring base hit for a 1-0 first inning lead.
Thayer's lead-off batter, Brandon Childers, smacked a long ball in the gap for a Cat double and a Cat score after Jeremy Cabrales' follow-up base hit.
Mammoth Spring catcher Jody Bush caught Cabrales straying too far from first base with his lead and his bullet to Bear first baseman Mason Brown stranded Cabrales in no man's land, between first and second. After a short Mammoth Spring defensive rundown chase back and forth, he was tagged out.
Mammoth Spring loaded bases and notched a couple of runs after a hit batter and walk. After giving up a couple of runs, Thayer starter Austin Henry pitched out of the inning, stranding three Bears on the bases.
With the score tied at four in the top of the sixth inning, Thayer pounded out base hits to send two more Bobcats across home plate for a 6-4 lead.
Mammoth Spring picked up one more run before the Bobcats came back to bat again in the top of the sixth.
The Bobcat batters had a difficult time all game long, with the unusual pitching motion of Mammoth Spring starter Seth Brown.
Not quite over the top and not quite side arm motion, his style left a few Thayer batters swinging at thin air or flat footed and struck out at the plate.
A Cabrales triple for Thayer opened up the game as the Bobcats went on to mark up a total of 15 runs verses the Bears total of 5 runs, for the final.