Senior Babe Ruth team falls to Gentry but still in second place
By David McNeal
CCN Sports Editor
GREEN FOREST -- The Carroll County Senior Babe Ruth team swept Rogers Zero Mountain in a doubleheader on Friday, 7-2 and 6-5, but fell 6-3 and 6-1 to North division leader Gentry on Sunday afternoon.
That left the team with an 8-7 overall record, 5-3 in North division play, and in second place behind Gentry.
This is the final week of the regular season, with Carroll County traveling to Gravette on Wednesday.
The Senior Babe Ruth tournament runs from June 30-July 1 in Springdale at the Tyson Complex, which also runs into the Arkansas Activities Association two-week dead period.
High school coaches and athletes can't have contact during that two weeks, or use school facilities, so Carroll County coach Brandon Stone has had to hand the reins over to David Fredrick and Colby Singer to finish the season.
Vs. Zero Mountain
Friday, June 19
Game 1 -- "We hit real well, hit hard and got up on them," Coach Stone said. "Josiah Goodman shut them down (on the mound) and had a complete game in just 80 pitches in six innings.
"He mowed them down. It's the best I've seen him pitch, and on defense, we didn't have any errors that game. Any hit, we made a play on it. It's the best we've played all year.
Game 2 -- "It was close the whole way," Stone said. "We would get up a couple of runs, then Rogers would come back.
"In the bottom of the sixth we were up 6-4, then Rogers got a run home and runners on second and third with no outs. I went out to talk to Colby Arnold, who had pitched the whole game, and he said, 'I'll finish.'
"He was facing the heart of the order, so we brought our infield in. They hit a shot to Jarrid Fredrick, who froze the runner on third, then turned. The runner on second had gone too far and slipped trying to get back.
"Jarrid tagged him out, then threw home and got the runner from third out. Then Colby struck the last batter out. It was an exciting baseball game. The kids played well," Stone said.