The River Valley Tropics American Legion baseball team opened the season Saturday May 18 at Ross field in Clarksville against Morrilton.The Tropic opened with an 11-1 win.
Jace Hudson started on the mound for the Tropics and retired Morrilton in order to start the game. Tropics wasted no time getting on the board. The scoring play began with a lead off hit from Kamron Hurst. Brandon Wolski chased Hurst home with a line drive double to the fence.
With the game tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the third, Hurst again led the inning off with a hit, which was followed by a double by David Johnson. Wolski again chased Hurst home with a single to put the Tropics up 2-1.
Hudson was replaced on the mound by Wolski who promptly struck out the side. Tropics blew the game open in the fourth scoring six runs and everyone batting in the inning and making the score 8-1.
The Tropics added on three more in the fifth to enforce the 10 runs after five rule, making the final score 11-1. Hudson picked up the win and Wolski got the save.
The Tropics were led at the plate by Hurst, Wolski, Johnson all who had at least two hits. Hurst scored four runs in the game.
In the second game of the double header, the Tropics were looking for the sweep, which they got with an 11-3 win.
Brett Wilkins started on the mound and went three solid innings.
Tropics again got off to a fast start when Hurst doubled and Wolski reached on a hit, and that brought Hudson up who ripped a base hit to put the Tropics on top. Dalton Nehus followed with line drive base hit that scored Hudson to make the score 3-0 after one.
Jacob Bokes joined the hit party in the second inning with a base hit followed by another Hurst hit. Stines then walked and Wolski and Hudson each followed with RBI base hits to make it 6-0.
Magdaleno relieved Wilkins and pitched very well before tiring in the sixth.With the score 6-2, bases loaded and only one out, the Tropics again went to Wolski who put out the fire with only allowing one run to cross the plate which made the score 6-3.
Tropics erupted in the bottom of the sixth, scoring five more times. Moudy, Bokes, Stines, Wolski, Magdaleno and Nehus all had hits in the inning to bring the final to 11-3.
Wilkins got the win, and Wolski the save.
Tropics had a balance attack at the plate with five guys getting at least two hits.