The Hope Bobcats had two intense battles on the diamond in recent baseball play falling on the road to Class 6A Lake Hamilton 10-0 in 5A/6A Conference play and coming up short in the series finale to Hot Springs 8-2 in Spa City on Monday evening.

The Hope Bobcats had two intense battles on the diamond in recent baseball play falling on the road to Class 6A Lake Hamilton 10-0 in 5A/6A Conference play and coming up short in the series finale to Hot Springs 8-2 in Spa City on Monday evening. 

The Diamond Bobcats look to regroup back into combat in baseball play this week as they'll face Hot Springs Lakeside in home conference action at Legion Field, Fair Park.

HOPE 0, LAKE HAMILTON 10

The Diamond Bobcats stepped on the diamond to face Class 6A Lake Hamilton Wolves for their first of two game 5A/6A Conference series battle in Pearcy. The Bobcats fought hard, but the Wolves prevailed for the 10-0 shutout win.

In a big first inning spark for the home team Lake Hamilton posted eight runs scored to give them the early momentum and advantage. 

Defensively, the Cats held ground to keep the Wolves scoreless in the second and fourth innings and only allowing the Wolves two runs scored in the third despite visiting Hope falling in defeat.

For sparks offensively for the Cats, Nate Carter singled in the second inning.

At the mound, Aldo Gonzales pitched for Hope and went three and two-thirds innings, allowing four runs on four hits and threw 38 strikes. 

Zachary Fields started the game for Hope at the mound. Fields went one-third of an inning, allowing six runs on one hit and walking one batter and threw 15 strikes.

Carter and Hunter Hellums each collected one hit to lead at bat.

HOPE 2, HOT SPRINGS 8

In their second meeting to conclude conference series play, the Diamond Cats would fall on the road to Hot Springs 8-2 to the series split in league baseball action.

The Cats got things started in the first inning when Darton Davis singled on a 0-1 count, scoring one run.

Hot Springs knotted the game up at two in the bottom of the second inning. The Trojans pulled away for good with one run in the third inning to lead Hope 3-2.

In the fourth, the Trojans marched two runs across home plate, held scoreless in the fifth inning but led the Bobcats 5-2 with a slim three-run lead. 

Hot Springs scored three runs in the sixth inning for their biggest inning and held off the Cats' comeback in the top of the seventh not having to bat in the bottom of the seventh to secure victory.

Trojans' Ben Slate got the win for Hot Springs lasting six innings, allowing three hits and two runs while striking out 16 batters and walking one. Shawn Lingo threw one inning in relief out of the