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NORTH LITTLE ROCK BASEBALL | Errors big in loss to Central

The North Little Rock Charging Wildcats were rolling through the 7A/6A-East. After sweeping Mountain Home, they traveled to Little Rock Central and split a double header with the Tigers losing game one 5-1, but coming back to win game two 3-0.

Central jumped out early in game one scoring three runs in third inning, and the Charging Wildcats couldn’t mount a comeback.

Three walks and a double accounted for Central’s three-run outburst.

Assistant coach Gene Whitley said the Charging Wildcats didn’t support Preston Oberling either at the plate or in the field.

The Charging Wildcats committed six errors.

“We’ve lost four games,” Whitley said. “In all four, we’ve committed six errors.”

North Little Rock did manage to bounce back to win game two after scoring all three runs in the sixth inning.

The loss to the Tigers came after a very successful double header against Mountain Home.

They beat the Bombers 10-0 in game 1 and 13-0 in second.

Preston Oberling went the distance allowing just one hit in game one while striking out a half dozen and not issuing a walk.

He also led North Little Rock at the plate, with a home run, two singles, two runs, and three RBI. Alex Gosser also had three hits and Jarrod Smiatek had two, as the Charging Wildcats scored in every inning.

Smiatek also had three hits in both games on Tuesday.

Gosser, Howell, and Smiatek drew walks in the sixth. Gosser and Howell scored on Chandler Thompson’s single. Smiatek scored on an error.

North Little Rock’s hiccup isn’t their last competition before state tournament. The Charging Wildcats take on Jonesboro in their final conference double header and play the Benton Panthers on Senior Day.

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