TEXARKANA, Ark. — Arkansas High conserved energy heading into their Conference 6A/5A clash today.
The Razorbacks throttled the Magnolia Panthers in five innings, 13-3, Thursday in a nonconference game at Razorback Field.
Danny McWilliams hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the fifth inning, driving in Luke Paxton from third for AHS with one out, ending the game on a run-rule.
Graydon Martin started on the hill for the Hogs. Martin pitched five innings, gave up three hits and three runs.
"Graydon did a great job for us out there tonight," Arkansas High head coach Layne Berry said. "He's a heckuva competitor and he's always going to go out and give you a chance when he's out there."
Hunter Buford drove in Eli Fields on his fielder's choice in the top of the first inning.
Buford went 1 for 3 with 2 RBI at the plate for the Panthers.
The Hogs answered back in the bottom of the first inning, driving in three runs of their own.
Ty Waid drove in Braylon Bishop for the Razorbacks, while teammate Ryan Wardlaw drove in Waid and Jackson Harrison.
Waid went 2 for 2 at the dish for AHS, with a home run and 4 RBI.
"Ty finally for his hands extended," Berry said. "I knew it was out when he hit it. He's got some power and he's a great player. He's fun to watch."
Wardlaw finished the game 3 for 3 with 2 RBI at the plate for the Hogs.
The following inning, Waid hit a three-run home run in the second inning, driving in Bishop and Graydon Martin.
A couple of hitters later, Jackson Harris scored on a Magnolia error.
Buford and Cade Browning cut into the AHS cushion in the top of the third inning, each driving in a RBI apiece, 7-3.
Browning finished the game going 0 for 2 with a RBI for Magnolia.
Harris tripled to start the fourth inning for AHS and the Magnolia pitcher balked, adding to the Hogs lead, 8-3.
Harris went 4 for 4 with a triple, grand slam and 4 RBI.
"Jackson has struggled at the plate some, then he comes out 4 for 4 at the plate with a grand slam," Berry said. "We're proud of him for battling back and we're happy for the guys. It was a great team win."
Harris hit a grand slam in the bottom of the fifth inning, extending their cushion over the Panthers, 12-3.
The Hogs are back in action today, hosting rival El Dorado at 5 p.m.