Wanting to maintain second place in the 7A-Central, the North Little Rock Charging Wildcats notched a crucial victory over Conway this past Tuesday.


Trailing 0-2 going into the bottom of the fourth frame, the Wildcats tallied two runs in the inning and then notched two more on Ryan Maloch’s two-RBI single in the bottom of the sixth for a 4-2 victory. Owen Stuckey picked up the pitching victory and also drove in the two runs in the fourth.


“It’s always a battle every time we play them,” North Little Rock Coach Brock Moore said. “It was a very good game, and the win was huge. We played our best all-around game today. We played solid defensively, and Owen threw well. Ryan has been hitting and playing well.”


The victory moved the Wildcats (16-6) to 7-2 in the conference. Cabot leads the league with its 9-0 mark. North Little Rock is scheduled to travel Friday to Fort Smith Southside but that contest could be moved to Thursday because of the potential of lots of rain in Northwest Arkansas. They Wildcats also have a contest scheduled Saturday at Fayetteville and then Tuesday host Little Rock Catholic, who gave them one of their losses.


“Every conference game now is important,” Moore said. “We beat Southside, 2-1, the last time, and they gave us everything we wanted. That is the game we are focusing on now.”


Last Thursday, the Wildcats defeated Lonoke, 12-3, in a non-conference game. Last Friday, they edged Little Rock Central, 4-2, in a 7A-Central tilt. North Little Rock never trailed in the Central contest but couldn’t put the Tigers away.


After four innings, the contest was knotted at one, but the Wildcats recorded two runs on Chase Freeman’s RBI-double and Stuckey’s RBI-sacrifice fly. They added another run in the top of the seventh after Reed Shepherd grounded out. Freeman led North Little Rock with his 4-of-4 performance while Nick Butler and Desmond Cordova went 2-for-3.


Against Lonoke, the Wildcats were paced by Zac Freeman’s 2-of-3 performance including a two-run home run. Stuckey hit two doubles in his 3-of-4 performance.