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Newport Independent - Newport, AR
  • McArthur’s near no-hitter helps ‘Dogs to State

  • With the Tuckerman Bulldog baseball season hanging in the balance of the opening round of the 2012 Regional Tournament, junior right-hander Zack McArthur nearly made history as he helped the Bulldogs defeat Yellville-Summit 6-1 to advance to the State Tournament. 

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  • With the Tuckerman Bulldog baseball season hanging in the balance of the opening round of the 2012 Regional Tournament, junior right-hander Zack McArthur nearly made history as he helped the Bulldogs defeat Yellville-Summit 6-1 to advance to the State Tournament.  
    McArthur carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, facing only one batter over the minimum after issuing a one-out walk in the fifth inning.
    A lead-off hit batter and back-to-back basehits loaded the bases, before the Tuckerman hurler got a fielder’s choice and a double play to end the contest.
    Behind McArthur, the Bulldogs had put the game away early as the pitcher opened the home half of the first inning with a basehit and stole second.  Wil Hubbard delivered an RBI single to score the first run.  After moving up on a wild pitch, Hubbard scored on two Panther errors for a 2-0 lead.
    Tuckerman added a run in the third inning when Tyler Chatman singled and scored on an RBI hit by Cade Niswonger, however, the Panthers cut down Spencer Shannon, who had singled at the plate to minimize the damage.
    Tuckerman put the game away in the fifth inning when Chatman reached on a one-out, two-base error.  McArthur singled and Shannon followed with a two-run double.  He came around to score on a Yellville-Summit error for a 6-0 lead.
    On the afternoon McArthur allowed one run on two hits and walked one while striking out three.
    He also led the attack at the plate for the Bulldogs as he collected two hits and scored twice.  Shannon also had two hits and drove in two.
    Niwsonger, Hubbard, Josh Cooper and Chatman had a hit each in the victory.
    With a state tournament berth secured, the Bulldogs battled conference foe Rivercrest in the semi-finals and found themselves on the receiving end of a gem as Colt hurler Ethan Brown no-hit Tuckerman on his way to a 9-1 victory.
    Brown allowed one run on four walks and struck out 11 in the win.
    Hubbard suffered the loss on the mound for the Bulldogs as he allowed four runs in 2.1 innings.
    In the consolation game played Tuesday due to rain, the Bulldog bats continued to struggle as Trey Thornton’s two-out single in the bottom of the sixth inning broke a 12-inning hitless streak as the Bulldogs fell 6-0.
    Cade Niswonger suffered the loss on the mound for Tuckerman who will now take on Charleston Thursday, May 10 at 12 at Prescott.

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