The Hope Bobcats had tough match-ups on the diamond in recent baseball competition against a couple of talented Class 6A teams of Arkansas High Razorbacks and El Dorado Wildcats for their 5A/6A Conference play.

The Hope Bobcats had tough match-ups on the diamond in recent baseball competition against a couple of talented Class 6A teams of Arkansas High Razorbacks and El Dorado Wildcats for their 5A/6A Conference play.

The Diamond Bobcats hosted the Razorbacks for their final home contest of the season at Legion Field on Senior Night last Thursday at Fair Park. The Cats battled hard, but went down to the Razorbacks 19-2 in five innings of action. Then, last Friday evening the Diamond Bobcats traveled to El Dorado for action to fall the Wildcats 11-1 in five innings for back-to-back battles.

This week, the Cats will conclude conference play on the road against Camden-Fairview and Hot Springs Lakeside heading into 5A South Conference Tournament play.

BOBCATS 2, ARKANSAS HIGH 19

The Bobcats brought a strong fight early to the diamond on Senior Night, but suffered a tough 19-2 loss to their Class 6A opponent of the Razorbacks. 

The Hogs took the lead in the first inning for the early lead advantage 1-0. The Cats sparked back in the second for a run, but the Razorbacks had crossed three runners to home plate in the inning to account a 4-1 lead going into the third.

In the top of the third, the Hogs displayed their biggest inning of the game with 13 runs scored now leading the Cats 17-1.

The Cats would spark for one final run scored of the game coming in the fourth inning, but the Hogs added two more runs with one scored in the fourth and fifth innings to secure the victory.

Hope attempted to put runs on the board but had a tough time defensively containing Arkansas, giving up 19 runs on 17 hits in the contest.

Arkansas High's Braylen Dyer earned the victory on the mound lasting one inning, allowing one hit and no runs while striking out two batters and no walks. Logan Rhinehart threw two innings in relief out of the bullpen for the Razorbacks. Floyd Hill started the game for Arkansas surrendering one run on one hit over two innings, striking out three batters. 

For Hope, Aldo Gonzales pitched and lasted one inning, allowing two hits and one run with no walks and threw 13 strikes . 

Nate Carter started the game for Hope at the mound. Carter allowed 12 hits and 15 runs over two and a third innings, striking out two batters and threw 43 strikes. Zachary Fields pitched allowing two hits, one run, struck out two batters and threw 23 strikes and Hunter Hellums pitched and allowed one hir, two runs, walked two batters and threw six strikes. 

Offensively, the Cats collected two runs tallying four hits in the frame. Darton Davis and Zachary Johnson each collected multiple hits for Hope. Johnson and Davis each managed two hits to lead Hope. Johnson also had a double and Damariyae Jackson had an RBI to drive in a run.

BOBCATS 1, EL DORADO 11

The Bobcats returned to the diamond for road play in a tough loss to El Dorado Wildcats 11-1 in the five competitive innings of baseball competition.

The Wildcats had the early momentum through the third inning with one runs scored in the first, three scored in the second and two in the third to lead Hope 6-0 after the first three innings of play.

In the fourth, the Cats posted their lone run of the game scored by Ladarius Watson.

The Wildcats finished their attack to score three runs in the fourth and two in the fifth while holding the Cats without a score for the fifth and final inning of contest.

Hope fought hard defensively to contain El Dorado but gave up 11 runs on nine hits.

At the mound, El Dorado's Johnson led the El Dorado to victory on the pitcher's mound by lasting two innings, allowing one hit and no runs while striking out two batters and no walks. 

For Hope, Hellums pitched and lasted one-third of an inning, allowing one hit and two runs and threw eight strikes. Fields started the game for the Cats lasting three and two-thirds innings, allowing eight hits and nine runs while striking out six batters and threw 60 strikes.

Zachary Johnson and Hellums all had one hit apiece to lead Hope offensively in the fame. Fields had Hope's lone stolen base against the Wildcats.