Badgers escape Scrappers in extra innings

By ISAAC BOURNE | The Arkadelphian

The Arkadelphia Badgers (5-4) broke their two-game losing streak Tuesday night with a 5-4 win over the Nashville Scrappers (8-4) in eight innings.

Leading 2-1 in the top of the fourth, a three-run inning by the Scrappers gave them a 4-2 lead headed into the second half of the game, where neither team would score in the fifth or the sixth.

In the seventh inning, after two outs for the Badgers, junior Kaden Brown’s double brought in junior Kaden Young, and in the next at-bat, senior Donovan Whitten doubled to bring Brown home, tying up the score in the final inning and bringing the game into extra innings.

With the game tied 4-4 at the end of the seventh, the Scrappers were shut out in the top of the eighth before senior Carter Babb singled to center field in the bottom of the inning, bringing in junior base runner Kelbern Middleton for the winning run.

In the final four innings, Whitten and Babb held down the mound for the Badgers, as neither allowed a single run in their time up on the mound. Whitten only gave up three walks in his three innings at pitcher, contrary to his four strikeouts. Babb held down the crucial eighth inning, striking one batter out on his way to seal the game for Arkadelphia with the winning hit in the final frame.

The Badgers take this win on the road Friday night to face the Bobcats of Hope High School for another interconference showdown.

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