Host Texas High, Atlanta prevail in Battle on the Border


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Max Ebarb had four hits in the Rabbits’ 14-5 win over Lake Hamilton Friday in Battle on the Border at Texas High.

Texas high schools were 7-0 against their Arkansas opposition Friday in Battle on the Border at Texas High and George Dobson Field in Spring Lake Park.

The host Tigers (4-3) won twice. The Tigers beat Fort Smith Northside in the first game, 5-3. Then the Tigers defeated Lake Hamilton in the final game of the day, 7-4.

Longview also won two games at George Dobson. The Lobos beat Malvern, 10-2. They followed that up with a 7-2 victory over Hot Springs Lakeside.

In other action, The Colony won twice at Texas High. The Cougars run-ruled Northside, 12-2, then rallied to beat Lakeside, 5-4. Atlanta scored nine runs in the seventh inning to beat Lake Hamilton, 14-5.

Senior Michael Sikorski returned from an injury three weeks ago to pitch THS past Northside. He scattered four hits over six innings, with Sawyer Pritchard getting a save.

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Atlanta’s Kelby Smith started on the mound against Lake Hamilton.

Two Smiths win at Battle on the Border

Luke Smith led the Tigers’ nine-hit attack with three singles. He scored twice. Zane Dodson had a double and single. Aaron Prince had a run-scoring triple, while Jackson Halter added a double.

Texas High’s second win was only five innings because of a time limit. Luke Smith completed a brilliant day with the pitching win. Zane Dodson got a save. Prince and Nate Mennie had two hits each for the Tigers. Mennie drove in 2 runs, while Prince scored a run, and drove in a run.

Max Ebarb was the big hitter for Atlanta (3-4) with four hits, including two singles in the big seventh inning explosion.

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Lake Hamilton had 9 errors in the game, 6 coming in the seventh.

Still, the Rabbs (8-2) banged out 17 hits. Hunter Allen, Jackson Warren and Cooper McClure all had two hits.

Kade Wood was the winning pitcher in relief of Kelby Smith. Smith went the first five innings, allowing all five runs. He scattered seven hits and struck out seven. Wood struck out two over the final two frames.

Braden Qualls and Dylan Horton led the Wolves with two hits each.

The Battle on the Border continues Saturday.