Mohawks Fall to Potent Beavers in State Tournament Play
"We went down there and made a good showing, I was proud of the kids and the way they played--and it was such great experience for the younger guys, to get to play in the state tournament in that environment, and on a field like that," Piggott Mohawk Head Baseball Coach Shawn Hearn said of the Tribe's first round loss in the state tournament last Thursday. "Plus, these seniors leave here having made it to the regional and state tournament three of their four years, and that's something no one can ever take away from them."
The Mohawks advanced to the state tournament at Searcy with a 6-4 win over Yellville-Summit in the first round of the 3A-3 regional at Harrison, then fell to conference foe Harrisburg 9-8 in the semi-finals. The Tribe then went on to lose a slugfest with Manila, 19-17, in the third-fourth place game.
In fact, all four state tournament qualifiers from regional play were from the 3A-3 conference, including Piggott, Rivercrest, Harrisburg and Manila.
This set up the Mohawks with a first round state tournament game against the Beavers of Glen Rose Thursday afternoon on Jerry Moore Field on the campus of Harding University at Searcy.
"We came out and hung with them early, it was a 0-0 game for quite awhile," Hearn said of the contest. "But later they started to figure out (starting pitcher) Cole (Marlow) and got some base runners--and we had a couple of errors that hurt us. But, we hit the ball well, they're just a good team and their pitcher really gave them a good outing and their defense backed him up."
The first inning ended scoreless, but the Beavers put up their first run in the bottom of the second to take a 1-0 lead. They added three more runs in the third, and busted the game open with a six run home half of the fourth to take the win 10-0. Marlow took the loss, while Logan Murray came on in relief but did not figure in the decision.
"I was really proud of our seniors, and the leadership they gave us all year," Hearn added of the Mohawk class of 2013. "With a young team it is so important and Logan Murray, Jim Copelin, Enoch Richardson and Brody Williams were great leaders--and again, making it to the regional and state tournament three of your four years is something they can be proud of."
The remaining teams from 3A-3 also fell in the first round, Rivercrest was eliminated 17-0 by the host squad from Harding Academy, Harrisburg was beaten by Mayflower 12-0 and Manila fell 1-0 to Episcopal Collegiate. By the way, Glen Rose was eliminated in the second round, falling to Genoa Central 11-3.
Harding Academy then went on to eliminate Genoa Central, and Fordyce upset Mayflower, in the state semi-finals. That set up this Friday's state championship game between Harding Academy and Fordyce, at 7 p.m. at Baum Stadium on the campus of the University of Arkansas.
The good news for Hearn, and assistant coach Alan Rabjohn, is while the four talented seniors will be missed the squad will return a host of young--and now battled tested, veterans up and down the lineup card. "We're happy to make it a tradition for our baseball team to make a run into the postseason every spring," Hearn surmised.