With North Little Rock having two regular-season baseball games remaining, Coach Brock Moore hopes the Wildcats can get stable on in all aspects of the game going into the state tournament.
Only one 7A-Central conference game remains, and the Wildcats (12-13) know they will be the fifth seed into the 7A state tournament next week. North Little Rock is hosting the tournament at Burns Park. The Wildcats host Cabot for senior night Thursday and Monday host Pulaski Academy for a tune-up before state competition begins.
“Cabot is a big game, obviously a rivalry game,” Moore said, “We’ll give everything we’ve got. We are working on putting everything together and being consistent. We play hard. The breaks just aren’t going our way.”
Though they outhit Bryant, 10-7, the Wildcats lost, 5-0, Tuesday. Dezmond Cordova and John Henry Maloch both went 3-for-3 at the plate with Cordova the only Wildcat who doubled. Weston McGhee contributed two hits, and North Little Rock left nine baserunners stranded.
“We didn’t play bad and played well at the beginning,” Moore said. “We had the bases loaded and couldn’t get the timely hits. “
Last Friday at Northside, the Wildcats put the contest out of reach with five runs in the fourth inning and cruised to a 9-1 victory. The five runs in the fourth frame increased North Little Rock’s lead from 2-1 to 7-1 and was sparked by Christian Litton’s three-RBI triple and McGhee’s single which scored two runs. The Wildcats totaled six hits in the contest, and McGhee also doubled to finish with two hits and three RBI. Julian Gonzalez also contributed two hits.