Alma baseball coach Kevin Edwards wasn’t about to give back Thursday’s 5A-West Conference wins against Morrilton. But he wouldn’t mind if his team played with a little more pep during Friday’s 11-0 nonconference loss to Har-Ber.
Two Har-Ber pitchers combined on a one-hitter as the Wildcats (12-1) continued to roll.
“We didn’t answer the bell; that’s what I’m upset about,” Edwards said. “We played well over spring break and we had two big wins (Thursday). It was like we didn’t want to compete today.”
The Wildcats scored at least once in every inning Friday. They converted two Alma errors into five unearned runs.
“We’ve got the meat of the season coming,” Har-Ber coach Randy Salsbury said. “But we can’t feel any better about where we are right now.”
Caleb Daniels pitched three innings for the win. He struck out one and allowed one hit on Newt Peters’ two-out single to right in the second.
Daniels was in trouble only once. Alma loaded the bases with just one out in the third, but Nate Whitson hit a soft liner that Har-Ber second baseman Zach Vogel snagged on his shoe tops. He then flipped the ball to first baseman Zac DeShazo for a double play.
Alma left-hander Frank Griffin, who was making his first career varsity start, struck out two hitters in the first but didn’t make it out of the second inning. Jon Mitchell’s RBI double capped Har-Ber’s two-run first and Gus Vitt had an RBI single as part of the Wildcats’ three-run second.
Har-Ber scored six times in the fourth, with Collin Richardson and Winston Rasmussen delivering two-run singles.
Alma reliever Dylan Ross worked a quiet fifth for the Airedales, pitching around a single and a walk.
The Airedales (4-8) resume 5A-West play Thursday at Harrison and conclude their 7A/6A-West tour against Crawford County rival Van Buren on Friday. Alma will have played six of the eight 7A-West teams.
Har-Ber 11, Alma 0 (5)
Har-Ber 230 60 — 11 10 0
Alma 000 00 — 0 1 2
Daniels, B. Patrick (4) and Rasmussen; Griffin, Burris (2), Ross (5) and Brown. W - Daniels. L - Griffin.