LITTLE RIVER-ACADEMY — Despite racking up 18 hits, the Florence baseball team could only muster three runs and lost on the road to Little-River Academy 4-3 on Friday.

Grayson Decker and Dallas Broekhuizen each went 3 for 4 and drove in a run for the Buffaloes (6-8-1, 1-5 22-2A).

Logan Hallmark also was 3 for 4. Peyton Person was 2 for 4 with a double, Florence’s only extra-base hit.

Hallmark took the loss on the mound, but only two of the runs were earned. He struck out seven and walked one.

SOFTBALL

ACADEMY 13, FLORENCE 3: At Academy, Madison Hill had two hits and an RBI and Emily Gray had a double and RBI in the Lady Buffaloes’ loss.

Florence fell to 3-5 in District 22-2A play.

UMHB softball drops doubleheader to Concordia

BELTON — Hanna Contreras homered three times, driving in all of Concordia’s runs Saturday, and the Tornadoes went on to sweep a softball doubleheader, 1-0 and 4-3, at Mary Hardin-Baylor.

Contreras homered in the top of the seventh inning in the opener for the game’s only run.

UMHB’s Rebekah Ragsdale (8-5) allowed just three hits in the loss.

In the second game, Contreras broke a 2-2 sixth-inning tie with a two-run blast, her third round-tripper of the day.

Contreras homered earlier in the top of the fourth to stake Concordia to a 2-1 lead.

Cru baseballers split doubleheader with Louisiana College

ALEXANDRIA, La. — The Mary Hardin-Baylor baseball team used three homers in a 5-1 win in the second game to salvage a split of a doubleheader with Louisiana College on Saturday.

The Cru (17-5, 13-4 American Southwest) dropped an 8-0 decision in the opener.

UMHB bounced back from the loss on the strength of three home runs.

Tyler Taute’s two-run homer made it 2-1 Cru in the top of the third inning. Cole Hill added a solo shot to stretch the UMHB lead to 3-1 in the top of the fifth. Zack Whiddon ripped a two-out, two-run blast to right field in the top of the ninth to cap the scoring.

Ian Ekery earned the win for the Cru to move to 4-1 on the year. Ekery scattered nine hits and did not allow an earned run in 7 1/3 innings. Aaron Barteau earned his third save of the year with 1 2/3 innings of hitless relief.

The Cru could not overcome Louisiana College’s seven-run fifth inning in the first game.

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