The Hope Bobcats produced productive play on the diamond over the weekend as the host tourney team in the 2018 Bobcat Baseball Tournament at Legion Field in Fair Park.

The Hope Bobcats produced productive play on the diamond over the weekend as the host tourney team in the 2018 Bobcat Baseball Tournament at Legion Field in Fair Park.

The Cats played host to featured teams Spring Hill, Bradley, Taylor and Mineral Springs. In first game of tourney, the Bobcats picked up their first win of the season in a shutout victory against Mineral Springs 10-0 in three innings. After a scoreless first inning, the Cats sparked for two runs scored in the second inning, then produced eight runs across home plate in the third inning to hold the Hornets scoreless defensively for the shutout victory. 

Hope recorded 10 runs on six hits. Eder Gonzales led at bat with two hits with a double, Nate Carter, Aldo Gonzales, Malek Randle, Zachary Johnson and Zachary Fields each had a hit apiece. Carter, Fields and Aldo Gonzales each scored two runs apiece. Randle, Eder Gonzales, Johnson and Marcus Bell each scored a run apiece. 

Randle had three stolen bases, Aldo Gonzales, Johnson and Carter each had two stolen bases apiece and Fields had one stolen base for a team total of 10 bases stolen.

In the championship game, the Bobcats had an intense battle against Class 2A baseball champions Spring Hill Bears in tourney competition. The Cats held an 3-1 over the Bears after the first inning. In the second, the Bears sparked for two runs scored to tie the game at 3-3 going into the third inning. Both teams defensively held each other scoreless in the third and fourth innings. In the fifth, the Cats sparked for a one run lead in the top, but the Bears produced two trips across home plate in the bottom of the fifth to prevail over the Bobcats 5-4 in a highly-competitive match-up. 

The Cats recorded four runs on four hits with the Bears accounting five runs on five hits. At bat, Eder Gonzales and Johnson each had a double, Hunter Hellums and Carter each had a hit apiece. Aldo Gonzales sparked for two runs, Eder Gonzales and Carter each scored a run apiece. Aldo Gonzales had three stolen bases, Carter had two, Randle and Fields each had one stole base apiece for seven bases stolen. At the mound, Fields pitched and struck out one batter.

In the consolation game, the Bobcats faced Bradley for their second time this season since the home-opener on Feb. 26. 

The Bobcats provided a competitive battle but fell short to Bradley, 7-3 in four innings. Bradley held a 5-3 lead over Hope at the end of first inning play. Bradley recorded a run in the second and third innings with a scoreless fourth inning by both teams.

Hope had three runs on three hits against Bradley. Aldo Gonzales, Hellums and Carter each had a hit apiece. Eder Gonzales, Hellums and Carter each had a run apiece. Hope recorded two stolen bases with Eder Gonzales and Hellums each accounting one stolen base apiece. Hellums and Carter each pitched from the mound. 

Head coach Anthony Meeker was really pleased how well the tournament ran as well as the Bobcats' play during tourney baseball competition.

The Diamond Bobcats are scheduled to return to action this week in conference play against De Queen and Magnolia.