Mohawks Advance to State Tournament

Thursday, May 9, 2013
Following a meeting at the mound, Cole Marlow gets set to work in action at Harrison. (photo courtesy Frank Staples Photography)

The Piggott Mohawks met a season-long goal Monday afternoon, winning their first round regional contest and qualifying for this weekend's state tournament at Searcy. After traveling to Harrison last week for their first round game with Yellville-Summit, only to have it postponed due to snow and rain, the Tribe was, in the words of Coach Shawn Hearn, "a little bus weary." But Monday, the resilient squad rose to the occasion and knocked off the Panthers by a score of 6-4.

In fact, all four 3A-3 regional qualifiers, Piggott, Rivercrest, Manila and Harrisburg, won their first round games at Harrison Monday--and eliminated all four teams from 3A-1 East. Along with the Mohawks win over Yellville-Summit, Rivercrest beat Bergman 10-0, Harrisburg downed Melbourne 7-3 and Manila beat Flippin 6-1.

The wins set up all 3A-3 semi and final rounds at the regional Tuesday afternoon and evening at the Harrison Parks and Recreation Fields. In the early game the Mohawks took on Harrisburg for the fourth time this season, and dropped a nailbiter by a final score of 9-8. In the second game it was Rivercrest and Manila squaring off with the Colts squeezing out a 5-4 win.

The Rivercrest squad then got by Harrisburg 6-3 in the regional final, while the Mohawks and Lions battled for third and fourth place seedings--with Manila coming out on top of a slugfest 19-17.

"We came out a little sloppy and made a few easy errors," Hearn said of the Yellville-Summit win. "But, we got a big inning and put up 5 runs, and when we needed a little more we got that too."

The Tribe also got a strong performance from off-season transfer Cole Marlow, "he went out there and finished it up for us," Hearn surmised.

Following the loss to Manila in the slugfest, the Mohawks have a 5 p.m. start Thursday, May 9 on field #1, located on the campus of Harding University. As the four seed they'll face the winner of 3A-2, Glen Rose.

Second round games will be played beginning at noon and 2:30 p.m. Friday on the two fields, with the semi-finals set for noon and 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The state championship game will be played at 7 p.m. Friday, May 17 in Baum Stadium on the campus of the University of Arkansas.

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