MOUNTAIN HOME – The Benton McClendon’s Appliances improved to 1-1 in the Twin Lakes Classic with a 6-3 victory over Batesville on Thursday in Mountain Home. Benton lost 14-3 against DeSoto, Mo., on Wednesday.
Leadoff man Tyler Lewis and No. 2 hitter Jack James remained hot and are providing a 1-2 punch for the McClendon’s at the top of the order. Lewis doubled to leadoff the bottom of the first and would later score Benton’s first run for an early 1-0 lead.
Batesville would add two runs in the top of the fourth inning and would take a 2-1 lead, but the lead would be short-lived as the McClendon’s would blow the game open in the bottom of the inning.
Hunter Wray walked to start the bottom of the fourth and Clay Holicer reached on an error. After a ground out for the first out, Zach Caplinger would knock Wray in to tie it up, and after Wesley Ramsey reached on an error by the shortstop to load the bases, Lewis walked for an RBI and Benton 3-2 lead. James followed with a 3-run double to give Benton the comfortable 6-2 lead, and McClendon’s starter Ramsey would make it hold up.
Ramsey pitched a complete-game (seven innings) giving up three runs (two earned), four hits and two walks, while striking out four.
Lewis went 2 for 2 with two runs and an RBI, and is now 4 for 5 with four runs scored in the tournament. James went 2 for 4 with three RBI and is batting 6 for 8 with four RBI. Caplinger and Ramsey each went 1 for 3 with Caplinger adding an RBI.
The McClendon’s play host Mountain Home at noon today.