- Alma School District
How Sweep It Is!
By Kevin Taylor
Alma baseball coach Brian Fry likes the direction his baseball team is heading.
"We're in a different place than we were three weeks ago," he said following Tuesday's doubleheader sweep of Vilonia.
Junior Kevin Mills slapped a one-out run-scoring single to right and the Airedales beat Vilonia, 10-9, in the second game of a 5A-West twin bill.
Junior Logan Taylor struck out six and tossed a five-hit complete game in the opener as Alma coasted to a 3-1 victory. It's the first Alma conference sweep since April 25, 2017 (Harrison).
"I love the way the kids are battling," Fry said. "We have some things to clean up, and we'll get there."
Alma sophomore Noah Likens went the distance in the second game, allowing just three earned runs over seven innings.
"Noah was really good out there," Fry said. "I told him we just have to clean up a few things. Logan going seven (in Game 1) really helped us."
Alma, which finished 0-27 in 2019, will take a 3-6 record into Thursday's 5 p.m. non-conference game with Springdale.
"We feel like we let two of those (losses) get away from us," Fry said. "But I like the way the kids are competing. We're learning to win."
Josiah Weaver's RBI triple to right tied the game at 1 in the first and Caden Gifford's RBI single scored Branson Brogan with the go-ahead run in the second inning.
Taylor, who lowered his earned run average to 0.38 and has scattered nine hits over 18 innings, did the rest while getting great defense behind him. He struck out six and walked one while tossing his first career complete game.
Alma jumped on Vilonia for nine early runs in the second game, which included a double and single by Mills and Taylor's bases-clearing double.
Alma freshman Branson Brogan streaks to first during Tuesday’s doubleheader sweep of Vilonia. The Airedales host Springdale on Thursday.
The Lady Airedales took the opener from Vilonia on Tuesday, 6-1, thanks to some sparkling play from sophomore shortstop Abigail Smith and junior Makenzie Martin's complete-game effort.
The Lady Eagles took the nightcap, 10-5, by scoring eight times in the final two innings.
Taelynn Perry's RBI single tied the game and a throwing error gave Alma a 2-1 lead after one.
Smith and Kelsey Shepherd opened the second with singles, and Martin plated Smith with an RBI single for a 3-1 lead. An error made it 4-1 and Jocelyn Harless singled home two more runs for a 6-1 lead.
Martin took it from there, striking out nine and scattering four hits over seven innings.
Perry's RBI single gave Alma a 1-0 lead in the nightcap, and losing pitcher Jacklyn Petree's RB single put the Lady Airedales ahead, 3-2, after five.
But Vilonia came to life in the final innings with two runs in the sixth and six more in the seventh.
Makinzie Erwin added a two-run double to account for Alma's final runs.
The Lady Airedales travel to Clarksville on Thursday and resume 5A-West play on March 30 at Siloam Springs.
Sophomore Abigail Smith prepares round first base after smashing the first of her two hits Tuesday against Vilonia. The Lady Airedales travel to Clarksville on Thursday.