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JACKSONVILLE BASEBALL | Red Devils beat Arkadelphia

The Jacksonville Red Devils picked up some impressive wins on the baseball diamond in the past week, including a win over defending Class 4A champ Arkadelphia.

The Badgers made the trip up to Dupree Park and were handed a 5-4 loss by the Red Devils. Arkadelphia has their entire starting lineup back from last year’s powerhouse.

Brandon Hickingbotham got the start for the Red Devils and lasted five and a third innings before giving way to Kaleb Reeves. Reeves earned the win in relief as the winning run scored in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Arkadelphia took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning, but Jacksonville came back with a four-run rally in the bottom of the inning. It began when Derek St. Clair singled, stole second, then scored on a single from Blake Perry. Courtland McDonald later reached on a fielder’s choice, followed by a walk to Hickingbotham. Reeves drove in two runs with a single, followed by Greg Jones drilling an RBI single of his own.

The Badgers came back to tie the game with single runs in the fifth and seventh innings.

In the bottom of the seventh, James Tucker and Ryan Mallison each singled, followed by a sacrifice bunt from St. Clair that moved them to second and third. Perry was intentionally walked to set up a possible double play, but D.J. Scott drilled a pitch into center for the game-winning RBI.

The Mills Comets were forced to forfeit a doubleheader last week, giving the Red Devils two more wins.

Tuesday night, the Red Devils swept the Pulaski Academy Bruins to earn the No. 2 seed in the 5A-Central and improved to 21-5 overall.

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