What a difference a year makes for CC Strikers

Friday, June 23, 2017
Jace Hatfield gets ready to hit the ball in a game at the district tournament in Berryville on Saturday, June 10.
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The Carroll County Strikers had a busy weekend at the district tournament in Siloam Springs this weekend, playing four games in three days. The Strikers came away with a 2-2 record with wins over Pea Ridge and Gravette. They suffered losses to Siloam Springs and Madison County.

"We played real well," Strikers coach Darin Dignan said. "Last year when we went, we got blown out every game, but this year we competed and played real well."

The Strikers beat Pea Ridge 5-4 and knocked off Gravette 6-3. Dignan said the Striker defense played well and that's why the team was able to get the victory.

"We played real good defense all weekend," Dignan said. "We fell apart a little bit on Saturday against Siloam giving up 12 runs, but the guys showed great effort."

On Sunday, the Strikers lost 10-5 to Madison County, but Dignan said the team played well for a majority of the game.

"We went over and sat out a rain delay for about six hours," Dignan said. "We led that game 5-4 in the fifth inning and then we just fell apart."

The Strikers are in the process of figuring out if they will play in the state tournament or not. Dignan said regardless of what happens, he is proud of how well the Strikers have played this year.

"Last year, we struggled just to keep people in the game and keep them excited," Dignan said. "This year, I think our record is 19-4. I'm proud of them. They have worked hard. They have practiced at least twice a week. Sometimes, we would sneak a third practice in there. Everybody always showed up ready to play. It was a lot of fun coaching them this year."

Dignan adds that he was even more happy to see the expression on the kids' faces when they won.

"They were all really excited, especially after that first tournament win," Dignan said. "They were really fired up."

Jackson Hatfield pitched four and two-thirds of an inning on Friday. He struck out 11 batters. Luke Dignan and Titus Gregory also pitched well. Layton Glisson had a double in Sunday's game against Madison County. Catcher Cooper Summers also played well.

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