North Little Rock came to Ross Field on Friday night, June 7 to take on the River Valley Tropics in a conference game. NLR always has a solid American Legion program, so the Tropics needed to be on top of their game.
Brandon Wolski started on the mound for the Tropics. NLR struck first with two runs in the second inning to take the early lead. The Tropics answered in the fourth when Taylor Moudy singled and later scored on a wild pitch to make the score 2-1.
The score stayed the same until the fifth inning when David Johnson walked and Wolski singled. This brought up Matthew Ward, who hammered the first pitch he saw over the left center field fence for a three run homer and a 4-2 Tropics lead which proved to be the game winner.
Wolski struck out 11 in the game and picked up the win going the distance.
“What a well-played game,” said head coach Brandt Tencleve. “Matthew is a threat anytime he steps in the box. He just has such a good approach at the plate. Brandon was on top of his game on the bump as well. That was kind of the story of the game timely hit and good pitching and defense.”
On Saturday, June 8, the Tropics hosted Heber Springs in another conference game at Ross Field.
The Tropics got off to a fast start with a lead off walk from Kamron Hurst who stole second and scored on a hit by a Johnson. Wolski walked and Ward was hit by a pitch bringing up Jace Hudson who sharply singled to right. Hudson and Jacob Boles both had RBI hits in the inning and at the end of first inning the Tropics had an early 6-0 lead.
The Tropics added four more in the fourth. After several walks, Ward singled to left and after two innings the Tropics were up 10-0. In the bottom of the third the game ended on the 15 after three inning run rule when Hurst doubled to deep right and chased home Boles who had singled and Brock Mathis who had previously walked.
Jace Hudson was the winning pitcher for the Tropics.
“Everyone swung the bats well for us today, and it was just one of those days for Heber where nothing went right for them, Tencleve said. “