Mohawks Beat Hoxie, Qualify for Regional Play

Thursday, May 2, 2013
Mohawk senior Brody Williams kicks the bag for an out at first in recent action against Westside. (photo courtesy Frank Staples Photography)

The Piggott Mohawks easily beat the Hoxie Mustangs in the first round of the 3A-3 district tournament at Manila last Thursday. The Tribe eliminated the squad from Lawrence County by a final of 11-4, as the Mohawks spotted the Mustangs an early lead and then erupted for an 8 run inning to put the contest away.

The victory earned the Tribe a match-up with the top seeded Rivercrest Colts, but more importantly a berth in this week's regional tournament at Bergman.

Due to bad weather late last week, the semi-finals were re-scheduled for Monday, April 29 as the Mohawks took on the Colts. And, despite a two-hit day from senior Brody Williams, the Tribe fell by a final of 9-2 to the talented Rivercrest squad.

The two Piggott RBI came on singles by Enoch Richardson and Mason Rahn, who both went 1 for 3 on the day against the potent Colt pitching staff. As a team the Tribe had four hits, two walks and struck out nine times.

In the nightcap, Harrisburg squeaked by the host Manila Lions by a final of 3-0 to earn their way into Tuesday afternoon's district championship game.

The Tribe then fell to Manila Tuesday afternoon to determine the seeding for this week's regional at Harrison. Afterward the Colts no-hit the Hornets to take the title. With the loss to the Lions they're the fourth seed, and will take on the winner of 3A-1 East at noon Friday. A win in the first round will earn the Tribe a Saturday contest, with start times of 12:30 and 2 p.m. based on their seeding. More importantly, a first round win will also insure the Mohawks a trip to the state baseball tournament the following week. This year's tournament is being played at Searcy and hosted by Harding Academy. First round games are set for Thursday, May 9. The state 3A final will be played at 7 p.m. Friday, May 17 in Baum Stadium on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

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