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Jackrabbits win two games during tournament

Mark Buffalo Lonoke’s Garrett Spears watches the ball after making contact with a pitch against Pulaski Academy on Saturday.Buy Photo
Mark Buffalo Lonoke’s Garrett Spears watches the ball after making contact with a pitch against Pulaski Academy on Saturday.
Mark Buffalo Lonoke’s Blake Gooden fires a pitch against Pulaski Academy on Saturday.Buy Photo
Mark Buffalo Lonoke’s Blake Gooden fires a pitch against Pulaski Academy on Saturday.

The Lonoke Jackrabbits baseball team went 2-1 in the Lonoke Jackrabbits Invitational last weekend at the Lonoke Ball Park.

The Jackrabbits (2-2) beat the Hazen Hornets 9-4 on Friday. They played twice on Saturday, losing to Pulaski Academy 7-1 then beating Dover 7-3.

In the win over Hazen, the Jackrabbits scored four runs in the bottom of the first. Garrett Spears led off with a single and scored. Shane Pepper followed with a double and scored. Blake Gooden reached on an error on a sacrifice fly and eventually scored. Madison James singled and scored.

Hazen eventually tied the game at 4-4 with four runs in the top of the fifth. Lonoke reclaimed the lead with five runs in the bottom of the frame. Scoring were Spears, Pepper, Gooden, James and Reid McKenzie.

Spears, Peppers and Christian James led Lonoke with two hits each.

Zack Risner got credit for the win as struck out the final three batters he faced in relief in the bottom of the fifth.

In the loss to the Bruins on Saturday, Lonoke trailed 2-0 after the top of the second. Lonoke scored its only run in the bottom of the second. Guy Halbert was hit by a pitch and eventually scored. Nick Watson was stranded at third base to end the inning.

Pulaski Academy then scored twice in the fifth, once in the sixth and twice in the seventh.

Lonoke did not have a runner advance past first base the rest of the game.

Watson had Lonoke’s only hit of the game — a single in the seventh inning.

In Lonoke’s win over Dover, each team scored once in the first. With one out, Pepper singled and scored on a single by Christian James.

The Jackrabbits then scored four times in the top of the second to lead 5-1. Watson, Christian James, Spears and Pepper all scored in the inning. Pepper had a two-run single while Gooden also had an RBI.

Lonoke scored single runs in the third and sixth innings. Watson walked and scored in the third. Christian James walked and scored on a sacrifice fly by Watson in the sixth.

Pepper, Risner and Christian James each had two hits in the win. Also getting hits were Gooden, Madison James and McKenzie.

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