MOUNTAIN HOME – The Benton McClendon’s dropped a 14-3 decision to DeSoto, Mo., in the Twin Lakes Classic in Mountain Home on Wednesday to fall to 2-6 on the season. The McClendon’s will play Batesville today at 3:30 and will play host Mountain Home at noon on Friday.
DeSoto would take a 1-0 lead early on, but the McClendon’s would lead 2-1 after the first inning when Tyler Lewis reached on a leadoff single and Jack James followed with a single of his own. After a strikeout, Trey Bishop would hit both runners in with a single, but would get doubled off when he didn’t make it back to first after Clay Holicer’s fly out to centerfield.
After a scoreless second inning, DeSoto would take a commanding 6-2 lead after scoring five runs in the top of the third. Benton would get a run back when Lewis hit a one-out double to start the bottom of the third and scored when James traded places with him with a double of his own.
But, Benton couldn’t get anything else going as 6-3 was as close as the McClendon’s would get. DeSoto added two runs in the fourth, one in the sixth and blew it open in the seventh with five.
Hunter Wray started for Benton and went three innings, Alex Wilcox followed with three innings, Cody Childs pitched and Grayson Chilton would pitch one inning.
James was perfect at the plate going 4 for 4 with a run and an RBI, Lewis went 2 for 3 with two runs, and and Bishop went 2 or 4 with two RBI.