By John R. Schirmer
Trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the second, the Nashville Scrappers scored eight unanswered runs the remainder of the game to defeat Ashdown 9-3 Monday afternoon at Wilson Park.
The Panthers were a pre-season favorite in District 7-4A and were among the teams mentioned as top picks in Class 4A.
With the win, the Scrappers are 17-7 on the season.
The Panthers took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first when Kaden Stuart hit a homerun for himself and drove in teammate Alex Day.
The Scrappers scored in the bottom of the first when Trace Beene scored and cut the Panther lead to 2-1.
Ashdown responded with another home run, this time by Logan Henry, to take a 3-1 lead.
From there, it was all Nashville as Tyler Hanson, Chris Willard and Hunter White scored to put the Scrappers on top 4-3.
Hanson added another run in the bottom of the third to give Nashville a 5-3 lead.
The biggest inning for the Scrappers came in the bottom of the sixth on scores by Ty Brown, JR Middleton, Willard and Austin Chambers.
For the game, the Scrappers recorded nine runs off six hits with no errors.
Hanson and Willard scored runs each, with one a piece by Beene, Brown, Middleton, Chambers and White.
Bowman, Hanson and White put up two hits each.
Nashville’s scores came on RBIs, including three from White, two from Bowman and one each from Zach Jamison, Dalton Smead, Hanson and Colin Parnell.
Hanson pitched the entire game, giving up eight hits and three runs while striking out five Panthers. The runs came in the first two innings.
The Scrappers will be on the road today (April 19), to play Arkadelphia at 6 p.m. at Henderson State University. Nashville will host Joe T. Robinson Friday at 5 p.m. and Dierks April 24 at 5 p.m.
The Scrappers run-ruled Genoa Central 14-4 Friday, April 14, at Genoa.
After a scoreless first inning, the Scrappers scored five runs in the second, five in the third and four in the fourth. Genoa scored twice in the third and twice in the fifth. The game was called after the fifth inning with the Scrappers holding a 10-run lead.
The Scrappers posted 12 hits, including two each by Jamison, Willard, White and Jayden Hostetler, and one each by Beene, Brown, Bowman and Smead.
White and Aaron Lott were the leading scorers for the Scrappers with three runs each, followed by Jamison and Hostetler with two each and Beene, Brown, Hanson and Parnell with one a piece.
Nashville recorded 10 RBIs, including three each by Beene and Willard, and one a piece by Jamison, Bowman, Parnell and White.
Willard pitched three innings for the Scrappers, giving up two runs off four hits and striking out one Genoa Dragon.
Beene finished the game, giving up two runs off four hits and striking out two.
Nashville was behind 4-1 at Fouke April 13 but put up six runs in the second and two in the seventh to defeat the Panthers 9-7.
Parnell and White scored two runs each for the Scrappers, with one a piece from Jamison, Hostetler, WIllard, Lott and Brown.
Jamison and Willard were the leading hitters with two each, followed by one each from Hostetler, Bowman, White, Parnell and Chambers.
Nashville recorded five RBIs, including two from WIllard and one each from Jamison, Hanson and Colton Patterson.
Jamison, Chambers and Pope shared pitching duties.
Jamison went five innings, giving up five runs off four hits and striking out eight. Chambers had one inning with two hits and two runs. Pope finished the game, striking out one Panther while allowing no hits or runs.
With the game tied at 2-2, Zach Izzo hit a home run for Horatio to give the Lions a 3-2 victory over Nashville April 12.
Scrapper scores came from Bowman and WIllard.
The Scrappers had seven hits, including three by Bowman, two by Willard and one each from Jamison and Parnell, who also recorded an RBI.
Hanson, Pope and Jamison pitched for the Scrappers. Hanson give up four hits and two runs in 4.1 innings. He struck out six Lions. Pope gave up two hits one run with two strikeouts in 1.1 innings. Jamison struck out one in .1 innings.