Conway capped a good week on Friday.
Conway took over sole possession of first place in the 7A/6A-Central with an 11-3 win against Greenwood to start the second half of the baseball season.
"We like that," Conway coach Noel Boucher said. "I can’t figure out all of the tie-breaker points. I told them that if we keep winning then we’ll be there somewhere. That’s what we’re hoping to do."
Conway (12-3, 6-2) entered the week in a three-way tie with Little Rock Catholic and Greenwood, but beat Catholic on Tuesday before’s Friday’s showdown.
"This is a good place to play with a lot of tradition," Boucher said. "We feel fortunate. We’re just glad to be playing again after the long layoff with all the rain. We’re playing pretty well. We’re getting better."
Friday, Conway jumped on Greenwood early with Cade Jones’ line-drive homer on the second pitch of the game and Nick Starr’s towering two-run homer over the left-field fence in the second inning for a 3-0 lead.
Greenwood (11-6, 5-3) stranded three runners in the opening two innings, including two in scoring position, but battled back to tie the game with a three-spot in the third inning.
Chris Sunde’s stand-up triple scored Hayden Harvey, who walked with one out. Ethan Clark’s sharp single plated Sunde, and two batters later, Chris David grounded a single hard through the hole between third and short that scored Clark and tied the game at 3-3.
Conway broke the tie quickly with three runs in the top of the fourth. Kyle Alexander opened the inning with a double. An out later, Quenton Wyrick doubled down the right-field line to crack the tie. Cody Rhoades’ hard single off Clark at third scored Wyrick and Carson Cook’s bloop single just beyond first base scored Jones, who had walked after Wyrick’s double.
"Right after we had the three-run inning and get back in the game, you’d think we’d be more focused than that," Gardner said. "That’s the way our whole season has been; Jekyll and Hyde. We’ll have one good game and next game not too much."
The Wampus Cats added five runs in the sixth inning, all with two outs and all unearned. Conway had four singles, including one on the infield, two walks and benefited from two Greenwood errors in the inning.
After tying the game at 3-3, Greenwood managed just three hits. Harvey had a single in the fourth inning and another one in the seventh. The Bulldogs got a double by pinch-hitter Jake Herrel, who was called out after Conway protested he didn’t officially check into the game.
"If you look at the scoreboard, they had 11 hits and we had seven, and you wouldn’t think we’d get beat by eight runs," Greenwood coach Randy Gardner said. "When they got guys on, they did a great job of knocking them in. When we got guys on, we figured out ways not to knock them rather we were getting picked off base or hitting dribblers. We’d get two people on and then nothing after that."
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
CONWAY 11, GREENWOOD 3
Conway 120 305 0 - 11 11 0
Greenwood 003 000 0 - 3 8 2
Prout and Rhoades; Hunt, Harvey (6) and Nelson. W – Prout, 5-2. L – Hunt, 4-2. HRs – Conway, Jones (3), Starr (2).