It just wasn’t their day.
In a stop over on their way to Alton, Ill. for the Southwest Illinois Firecracker Classic, the North Little Rock Colts Senior team made a stop off in Paragould to take on Paragould 7UP at Orland Crail Field.
They left Northeast Arkansas with a 7-5 loss, just their second loss of the season.
North Little Rock had control in the first five innings.
The Colts scored a pair of runs in the fourth inning on Paragould errors and seemed on their way to a typical win.
The bottom of the sixth was their undoing. Former Sylvan Hills standout Conner Eller, who spent last season at Crowder College, was the fourth pitcher used on the day.
A leadoff walk, an error and a bunt single loaded the bases before Eller could get an out. Paragould’s first out was a ground ball that scored a run followed by a sacrifice fly. The big blow came when Paragould’s Zack Crisler smoked a triple to give Paragould the lead for good.
“Leadoff walks will kill you,” Eller said, “but you still have to make pitches. They had two good pieces, one was caught, and one was a triple.”
North Little Rock couldn’t mount a seventh inning rally.
“Going into the sixth inning with a lead,” North Little Rock coach Robert Hopkins said, “with one of our better pitchers on the bump, we felt pretty good.”
But it wasn’t just Eller. Defensive lapse was also an issue.
“Our defense is usually pretty good,” Hopkins said. “Focus every inning. Normally our defense is great, it just wasn’t that inning and it cost us.”