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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Wildcats shut out Parkers Chapel

  • After falling 7-6 Friday to Watson Chapel (Ark.) in the Magnolia Panther Classic, Bethel’s Wildcats rebounded to pick up a 5-0 win over Parkers Chapel (Ark.) High School Saturday.
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  • After falling 7-6 Friday to Watson Chapel (Ark.) in the Magnolia Panther Classic, Bethel’s Wildcats rebounded to pick up a 5-0 win over Parkers Chapel (Ark.) High School Saturday.
     
    Marcus Washburn tossed four strikeouts and issued four walks in picking up his first win on the mound this season, and he surrendered only three hits in the complete-game shutout. Washburn helped his own cause with a 3-for-4 effort at the plate.
     
    “I’m real proud of the kids,” said Bethel skipper Todd Brown. “Parkers Chapel is a real solid team, and Marcus did a great job on the mound. It was a good win for us.”
     
    The win pushed Bethel to 8-3 on the season.
     
    The Wildcats secured six hits, with Hunter Heath and Nate Milliman clubbing a double apiece.
     
    The game was stopped after six innings because of a time limit.
     
    Washburn and Heath were both named to the all-tournament team.
     
    In Friday’s game, Bethel cut a 5-0 Watson Chapel lead to one (5-4) in the top of the fifth inning, and the game was knotted at 6 going into the bottom of the seventh. Watson Chapel got the winning run on a sacrifice fly.
     
    Brooks Richards (1-3) went the distance for Bethel. He gave up nine hits and four walks while fanning six batters.
     
    Bethel garnered 11 hits with Washburn, Heath and Ethan Gingrich getting three each. Gingrich notched a double and drove in three runs.
     
    “They were an extremely athletic team,” Brown said of Watson Chapel, the defending Class 5A state runner-up in Arkansas. “They were definitely one of the better teams we’ve played all year. We dug ourselves a little bit of a hole, but I was proud of the way our guys battled back and competed.”
     
    Bethel is scheduled to host Bethany in a 4:30 p.m. varsity/junior varsity doubleheader Tuesday.
     
    Note: Report compiled by Jason Smith.

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