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Pioneers tame Lions for conference victory

by Michael Eckels | April 6, 2021 at 8:17 a.m.
Westside Eagle Observer/MIKE ECKELS Lion catcher Haden Bates (left) waits for a throw from the outfield while Dawson Wright (1) crosses home plate for the Pioneers' first run of the night during the Gravette-Gentry baseball showdown in Gravette Friday night. Wright's run started a four run rally that eventually won the contest for Gentry 4-2.

GRAVETTE -- Fans from the Highway 59 corridor gathered at Lion Ballpark Friday night for a baseball showdown between the Gravette Lions and long-time rival Gentry Pioneers. In the end, the contest would be decided in the first inning.

Pitching for the Gravette Lions was senior Jake Carver. He surrendered four runs on four hits over seven innings, striking out 12. Isaiah Lemke was on the mound for the Gentry Pioneers. He pitched all seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits and striking out eight.

Carver got into trouble early, allowing a series of base hits that eventually brought four runs across home plate during the top of the first inning. Dawson Wright singled to the second baseman, Lemke singled to left, C. Beeler singled on a ground ball to the pitcher. Isaak Crittenden was hit by a pitch and later forced out at home.

Wright, Lemke, Ty Hays (running for Beeler), and Colby Young scored in the first for Gentry.

Keegan Bulza, who walked, scored in the bottom of the first for the Lions on a Carver single. Carver hit a triple to right field in the bottom of the seventh, driving in Gunnar Woolard for the Lions' second run in the game.

Gentry took the conference win, 4-2, over Gravette.

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Pioneer Riggs Harper bunts the ball a few feet away from the batter's box for a base hit in the first inning of the Gravette-Gentry showdown at Lion Ball Park in Gravette Friday night. Harpers hit turned into Gentry's second run of the night.
Westside Eagle Observer/MIKE ECKELS Pioneer Riggs Harper bunts the ball a few feet away from the batter's box for a base hit in the first inning of the Gravette-Gentry showdown at Lion Ball Park in Gravette Friday night. Harpers hit turned into Gentry's second run of the night.
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Isaiah Lemke delivers a pitch to home plate during the first inning of the Gravette-Gentry baseball contest at Lion Ballpark in Gravette Friday night. The Pioneers claimed the win in the commerce rivalry 4-2 over the Lions.
Westside Eagle Observer/MIKE ECKELS Isaiah Lemke delivers a pitch to home plate during the first inning of the Gravette-Gentry baseball contest at Lion Ballpark in Gravette Friday night. The Pioneers claimed the win in the commerce rivalry 4-2 over the Lions.
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Lion third baseman Cy Hilger catches a line drive in the first inning of the Friday night Gravette-Gentry showdown at Lions Ballpark in Gravette.  Hilger throw to first base hoping for an out but the Pioneer runner had already cross the base for a single .
Westside Eagle Observer/MIKE ECKELS Lion third baseman Cy Hilger catches a line drive in the first inning of the Friday night Gravette-Gentry showdown at Lions Ballpark in Gravette. Hilger throw to first base hoping for an out but the Pioneer runner had already cross the base for a single .
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After going through his windup, Lion Jake Carver delivers a pitch towards home plate during the first inning of the Gravette-Gentry baseball game in Gravette Friday night. Gentry picked up four runs in the first inning which eventually lead into a win for the Pioneers.
Westside Eagle Observer/MIKE ECKELS After going through his windup, Lion Jake Carver delivers a pitch towards home plate during the first inning of the Gravette-Gentry baseball game in Gravette Friday night. Gentry picked up four runs in the first inning which eventually lead into a win for the Pioneers.
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Noah Tawney (Lions 4) hits a line drive for a base hit during the Friday night Gravette-Gentry baseball contest in Gravette.
Westside Eagle Observer/MIKE ECKELS Noah Tawney (Lions 4) hits a line drive for a base hit during the Friday night Gravette-Gentry baseball contest in Gravette.
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