|Lonoke's Anderson Fletcher awaits a pitch during the Jackrabbits' sweep of EStem on Tuesday. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)|
By Mark Buffalo
LONOKE — After a getting off to a slow start, the Lonoke Jackrabbits have won five in a row, including four conference games, to improve to 6-7 on the season.
Lonoke is now 5-3 in the 4A-5 conference. The Jackrabbits are tied for third with Mills but hold the tiebreaker over the Comets by virtue of their sweep. Joe T. Robinson is 6-0. Wynne is second at 5-1.
“We’re sitting at 5-3 in the conference, which is a good spot for us right now,” Lonoke coach Nick Smith said. “We have a huge doubleheader at Wynne on Tuesday. That could really put us in a great position going forward.”
Before spring break, Lonoke beat Mills 9-1 and 11-4 on March 15.
In the first game, Lonooke led 8-0 after four innings.
Dalton Smith led Lonoke with four runs. Spencer Pepper had two. Also scoring were Julian Medina, Christian Cooper, and Anderson Fletcher.
Noah Mulligan had three RBIs. Cooper, Smith, and Pepper had two hits each.
Will Roark got the win. He struck out four in six innings of work.
In the second game, Lonoke jumped out to a 8-0 lead after two innings.
Cooper, Smith and Pepper each scored two runs. Also scoring were Logan Sharp, Ryan Cleveland, Grant Lingo, Mulligan and Riley Miller.
Lonoke swept a doubleheader from EStem on Tuesday. The Jackrabbits won the first game 25-0 and the nightcap 12-0.
Media, Smith and Roark each scored three runs. Scoring two runs were Cleveland, Miller and Pepper. Also scoring were Cooper, Will McNeil, Sharp, Fletcher, Mulligan and Daniel DeViney.
Mulligan hit a home run.
In the second game, Lonoke scored five runs in the second and seven in the fourth.
McNeil and Chase Rogers each scored two runs. Also scoring were Isaiah Thomas, Cooper, Smith, Roark, Sharp, Fletcher, Brayden Knox and DeViney.
Smith, Shapr and Mulligan competed on a no-hitter, striking out 11 EStem batters.
“Our pitching is really starting to settle in and pound the strike zone,” Coach Smith said. “At the plate, our guys are really seeing the ball well and squaring a lot of balls up. I’ve been please with the depth of this team. We’ve got a lot of good ball players on this team so we have a lot of options on doubleheaders on conference nights.
“Lastly, this team is starting to put all phases of the game together and it’s showing.”