The Diamond Bobcats faced off in a home contest duel at Legion Field hosting the De Queen Leopards to conclude their conference league series in the second meeting in Hope last Friday night.

The Diamond Bobcats faced off in a home contest duel at Legion Field hosting the De Queen Leopards to conclude their conference league series in the second meeting in Hope last Friday night.

For an interesting and competitive first inning showdown knotted at 3-3, the Leopards rallied with runs scored in the second through seventh inning that held the Diamond Bobcats scoreless and resulting De Queen victory 13-6. This would allow De Queen to sweep the series against Hope in conference play. 

The Cats had a productive defensive performance to only allow the Leopards one run scored in the second, fourth, fifth and sixth innings. De Queen scored two runs in the sixth inning, but four in the third inning that opened the game up for the visiting Leopards. 

De Queen scored on a groundout in the first inning, a error and a single in the second inning.

Despite the loss, Hope collected four hits in the high-scoring affair. Unfortunately, De Queen had 13 hits on the way to victory.

In the bottom of the first inning, the Diamond Bobcats tied things up at 3-3 with Zachary Johnson driving in one run for an RBI off a single.

De Queen pulled away for good with one run in the second inning off a single on a 3-2 count, scoring one run.

Hope scored three runs in the seventh inning. Hope's big inning was driven by a single by Darton Davis and a groundout by Johnson.

De Queen scored four runs in the third inning for their biggest inning of game action.

De Queen's Tyler Miller was the winning pitcher surrendering three runs on two hits over five and two-thirds innings, striking out nine batters.

At the mound for the Cats, Aldo Gonzales pitched for Hope He surrendering one run on two hits over two innings, striking out one batter and walking one and threw 18 strikes. 

Zachary Fields started the game at the mound for Hope going four and a third innings, allowing 10 runs on eight hits and striking out two batters, walking two and threw 54 strikes. Nate Carter pitched, allowed three hits, two runs and walked two batters.

At the plate, Johnson, Davis, Carter, and Gonzales each managed one hit to lead Hope on the diamond offensively. Carter and Johnson each drove in two runs for two RBI's apiece. Hunter Hellums and Carter each scored two runs apiece, Aldo Gonzales and Eder Gonzales each scored a run apiece. 

Carter had the lone stolen base for the Cats.

The Diamond Bobcats will be in action this week as they are scheduled to hit the road on today to play Class 6A Lake Hamilton Wolves and set for home play this Friday night hosting Class 6A Arkansas High for their 5A/6A Conference meeting on the diamond.