The River Valley Tropics moved to 6-1 with a stretch of 5 games in 5 days.
On Friday, May 24 the Tropics opened the Ryan White Memorial Day Wood Bat Tournament at Hot Springs Lakeside against the host team from Lakeside.
Jace Hudson was on the mound and did the rare feat of striking out 10 batters in three innings. Tropics got on the board first when Kamron Hurst walked and stole second and came home on a Brandon Wolski double which made the score 1-0. The one run proved to be enough for the Tropics who went on to win the game 8-0.
Hurst scored two runs for the Tropics, and Wolski had three hits to lead Tropics at the plate. Jace Hudson got the win and Dalton Nehus pitched two scoreless innings.
“Jace was dynamite tonight pitching, and Wolski just continues to hit every time out,” said team manager Brandt Tencleve.
The Tropics then took on a very good Ashdown team and came away with a 4-0 win.
Brett Wilkins pitched for the Tropics and did a good job as the starter before getting in trouble in the fourth inning with a base loaded jam and one out. Brandon Wolski entered to get the final two outs without letting a run to score.
The Tropics got on board in the top of fourth inning when David Johnson ripped a single and later crossed the plate to make the score 1-0. Tropics added another run in the fourth to make it 2-0. The Tropics added two more runs in fifth when Kamron Hurst singled and scored on a Wolski single who later scored on a Nehus single to make the final score 4-0.
“Brett did a nice job giving us three innings, but the game was a little dicey there in the fourth when Brandon came in and bailed us out of that bases loaded jam with one out,” Tencleve said. “Then we were able to string few hits together to add on a couple runs.”
The Tropics exploded against Malvern in final game of pool play and raced out to a 14-0 lead, and cruised to 14-4 final.
Wolski was winning pitcher. Taylor Moudy led the Tropics at the plate with three doubles and three RBI’s. Hurst had three hits and scored two runs for the Tropics. Every Tropic scored at least one run.
“It was a nice balanced team win and was by far the best we have swung the bats this year, especially Taylor who was really driving the ball tonight” Tencleve said.
The River Valley Tropics returned to regular season play an took on Gravette in Clarksville on Tuesday night, May 28 and came away with a hard fought 7-3 win.
Brett Wilkins was the starting pitcher for the Tropics. Gravette struck for two runs in the first but could have been worse for the Tropics. With two outs and runners at second and third, Gravette got a base hit to center field to score the lead runner but Kamron Hurst made a great throw to the plate to cut down the trailing runner at home to end the inning, and keep the deficit at 2-0.
Tropics cut the lead to 2-1 when Dalton Nehus singled and scored on a Wilkins RBI fielder’s choice. Gravette added a run in the third inning to make the score 3-1. Nehus scored for the Tropics in the fourth to cut Gravette’s lead to 3-2.
The Tropics escaped big trouble in the top of the fifth when Gravette loaded the bases with one out. Gravette’s next batter promptly smashed a one hopper to Enrique Magdaleno at third who fired home to Moudy who then fired to first for the 5-2-3 double play to end the inning.
Jacob Boles led off the bottom of the fifth with a double. Hurst walked and Chance Stines’ infield bunt single set the stage for Jace Hudson, who ripped a double down the line and chased Boles and Hurst home. Moudy then doubled home Stines to make the score 6-3. The score stayed 6-3 until bottom of sixth. Ater Boles had another hit, Hurst then hit a double to deep right field and drove in the final run of the game to make the score 7-3.
Magdalano came in to pitch the seventh and struck out three batters to end the game with the bases loaded.
Boles,Hudson, and Stines all had two hits each.
“What a good game to be apart of,” Tencleve said. “We were shorthanded tonight but we played great defense and got just enough hits. The play Kamron made in the first inning with the throw to the plate to get the runner to end the inning was huge. The double play in the fifth was big play. Jace came up with a big time at bat to drive in two. This team has a chance to be really good when we get everyone here and clicking on all cylinders.”