By: Seth McKinzie
After finishing 2018 7-13 overall and .500 (5-5) in conference play this year’s version of Gravette baseball has brought a bit of resurgence. While the overall record of 12-12 is a bit deceiving as the Lions have had some hard fought games against quality competition, the most important record is the 5-2 conference mark. The Lions own conference wins against Farmington and Pea Ridge, which had been two teams Gravette has struggled with in recent seasons.
Monday night the Lions battled Prairie Grove in extra innings. Sophomore Jake Carver, who also started at pitcher, knocked a game winning 2-run single in the bottom of the eighth and, with Huntsville’s loss, put the Lions in sole possession of third place. Coach Bryan Bearden told LL this morning the Lions, however, still must win on Thursday against Huntsville to keep the 3-seed for the 4A-1 District Tournament.
So far, Gravette has been led at the plate by senior Hunter Cole. Cole, who will play next year at North Arkansas, is sporting a .486 batting average to go with a team leading 25 RBI. Brodie Parsons (.414 BA) is just behind Cole with 24 RBI. Carver is the other Lion with double digit RBI (12).
From the mound, Gravette is leaning heavily on Carver, Cole, Parsons, Thomas Tryon, and Ty Frakes. The team earned run average (ERA) currently sits at 3.34 and has recorded 117 strikeouts. Opponents are batting .268 against the Lions pitching staff.
Gravette will travel to Huntsville for the game on Thursday. The game is set to start at 5:00.