PEARCY – The Benton Panthers defeated the Lake Hamilton Wolves 6-1 in 7A/6A South conference action on Monday in Pearcy in a game which was originally scheduled for this past Friday at Panther Field.
With the win, Benton clinched the No. 1 seed in the 6A State Tournament from the 6A South conference.
Due to inclement weather in the two teams’ first scheduled game of the year at Lake Hamilton, the game was moved to Panther Field because of better field conditions and the Panthers and Wolves just swapped venues this past game.
Though the Panthers committed three errors to the Wolves’ zero on Monday, it didn’t matter much as senior Panther left-hander Carson Holloway started and was practically unhittable. Holloway gave up an unearned run in the bottom of the third and finished with the win giving up two hits and two walks in seven innings, and struck out six.
The game was scoreless in the first two innings as the Panthers (17-4, 11-1 South) struck first in the top of the third. Holloway helped himself at the plate when he singled in senior Jack James for the game’s first run.
Sophomore Colby Johnson would make it 2-0 Panthers when he scored on a wild pitch, and junior Bailey Mitchell would score on freshman Colton Nix’s single to center for a 3-0 lead.
The Wolves would pick up their unearned run in the bottom of the inning and the score would remain at 3-1 until Benton would score one in the top of the sixth and would get two more insurance runs in the top of the seventh from a Johnson RBI single scoring Brant Stout, and Drew Dyer would score on the throw to give the game it’s final of 6-1.
Nix led the Panthers at the plate going 3 for 4 with 2 RBI, Holloway and James would each go 2 for 3, and Johnson went 1 for 3 with 2 RBI and a run.
Benton travels to El Dorado today to take on the Wildcats in South conference action. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.