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Baseball: Pirates reach Class 3A quarterfinals

<p>photo by STEPHANIE PARSON</p><p>The ball slips past Cedarville’s Tyler Mowrey during the May 9, 2013, first round of the Class 3A playoffs at Harding Academy in Searcy. The Pirates survived a late rally against McGehee to win 9-6.</p>

photo by STEPHANIE PARSON

The ball slips past Cedarville’s Tyler Mowrey during the May 9, 2013, first round of the Class 3A playoffs at Harding Academy in Searcy. The Pirates survived a late rally against McGehee to win 9-6.

The season ended for the No. 4 Cedarville Pirates Friday afternoon with the 7-1 loss to No. 2 Mayflower in the Class 3A state tournament in Searcy at Harding Academy.

Korbin Polly absorbed his second loss of the season to drop to 8-2. He tossed 102 pitches for six strikeouts, three walks and three earned runs.

He finished his junior season with 104 strikeouts, 13 walks and four earned runs.

Cedarville 9, McGehee 6

The Cedarville Pirates held off a late rally and moved two games away from playing for a state title with a 9-6 win over McGehee Thursday at the state tournament.

Corey Fincher closed for Cedarville, but McGehee found their groove to rap out four hits and six runs.

Korbin Polly came in to save the game with two runners on and retired the final three batters on 10 pitches with two strikeouts.

Bryan Shelly earned the win for six innings of work with nine strikeouts, three free passes to first (two were hit by a pitch) and three hits.

Zach Myers paced Cedarville at the plate with three hits and Shelly added two.

Myers had a two-run double during the four-run fifth inning and he began the game with a RBI double. Corey Fincher had two RBIs, including one off a double in the first frame.

Cedarville 10, Lamar 0

The Pirates captured the school’s first 3A regional title on Tuesday night.

Polly earned his eighth win this season tossing a one-hitter and facing just 19 batters. Polly had 10 strikeouts in the five-inning affair.

Jamie Chandler led the Pirates with three hits. The Pirates scored one run in the first inning and added four more in the second with RBIs from Evan Fincher, Tyler Mowrey and Shelly, who finished with two doubles.

Chandler had a RBI single in the fourth and Cedarville again added four additional runs in the following inning.

Evan Fincher had two hits and scored three runs.

Cedarville 11, Elkins 7

The Pirates held off another late push to advance to Tuesday’s regional finals. Cedarville faced a rare doubleheader after snow and cold weather pushed the regional tournament in Greenland back two days.

The Pirates jumped to a 4-0 lead, but Elkins came back in the bottom of the second to score four runs off of two hits and an error with just one out. Cedarville got out of the jam with a double play.

Cedarville had 15 hits with the lead-off batters, Evan Fincher, Zach Myers, Tyler Mowrey and Shelly, pounding out three hits each.

Shelly grabbed the win as he threw for six innings with seven strikeouts and seven walks. Chandler closed out the game with two strikeouts and gave up a three-run home run.

Other county schools

In a game delayed more than two hours by rain, Pulaski Academy beat Alma, 13-6, in the 5A State Tournament in Nettleton.

The Lady Airedales’ first-round game was delayed until Friday.

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