Baseball Mohawks Advance to State Tournament

Thursday, May 10, 2018
Dylan Bellers is greeted by his team after delivering the walk-off game winning single over Melbourne, which propelled the Tribe into this week's state tourney.
TD photo/Tim Blair

The Piggott Mohawk baseball team is set for state tournament play this week, as they'll take part in the 3A tournament being played at Smackover and Norphlet. The Tribe earned the spot in the bracket Friday with an 11-1 win over the Melbourne Bearkatz at the 3A Region 3 tournament at Harrison.

On Saturday the Mohawks moved into the third-fourth place seeding game with a loss to eventual champion Clinton, then fell to cross-county rival Corning as the Bobcats posted a late rally.

Josh Lyman got the start for the Mohawks in the contest with Melbourne, and the senior delivered a strong performance on the mound. The Tribe's bats were also active, as they pushed to an early lead in an effort to run-rule the Bearkatz.

Leading 10-1 going into the fifth inning, Holden Tarno reached for the Mohawks and was driven-in for the game winner as fellow junior Dylan Bellers slapped a single for the walk-off win.

The following morning the Tribe had an early start against top-seeded Clinton, with senior lefthander Hayden Lemmons getting the nod. Despite allowing some early baserunners, Lemmons battled through the first two innings while holding the Yellowjackets scoreless. But, the Clinton pitching staff, which includes two division one signees, was up to the task as they quieted the Mohawk bats en route to the 8-0 win.

The loss moved the road-weary Mohawks, who had been at Harrison since Wednesday, into the seeding game with Corning. Earlier in the day the Bobcats had fallen to Manila, as the Lions moved into the title game with Clinton.

In the seeding contest the Mohawks battled the Bobcats into the late innings, only to see the game get away from them. Leading 6-3 in the sixth, Corning answered with an eight run rally to push to a final score of 11-6. In the championship game Clinton rolled over the Lions by a score of 6-0 to take the regional title.

With the losses Coach Alan Rabjohn's Mohawk squad moves to 17-8 on the season as they're set for state tournament play. They'll be in action at 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, as they take on Greenland at Norphlet. The Pirates sport a record of 25-4 and beat Jessieville to take the 3A Region 1 crown 11-4 on Saturday. With a win the Tribe will advance to take on the winner of the Mayflower-Fouke game at 3:30 p.m. on Friday at Smackover High School. The state semifinals will be played at noon and 2:30 on Saturday with both games played at Smackover.

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