The first of their two outings was against the Mena Bearcats on their home turf in a game that saw the Outlaws take an early lead, see it narrowed sharply, then surge again to a decisive win.
The game began with an opening rally from the Outlaws that saw Tyler Kesterson score on the fourth play as McKinney grounded out to second base, Caleb Adams run in on the fifth play as Jarett Fox shot a fly to right field, Fox himself brought in on a grounder to short by Lane Woodruff and Cale Adams running home on an error. This established the score at Dierks 4-0. The Bearcats were able only to post a single run before the Outlaws came back to bat.
In the second, Caleb Dunn was brought in on a fly to right field by Trendin McKinney, then Caleb Adams again was run in by Fox on a grounder to short. This set the score at Dierks 6-1, where it held until the bottom of the third. In that inning the Mena team posted another single run.
On the top of the fourth, the Outlaws built their score just a bit more with Dunn coming home on a passed ball and Kesterson running in as Fox drove a hard grounder to left field. The score held at Dierks 8-2 until the bottom of the fifth, when the Bearcats began their rally. They made four runs in eight plays during that inning, narrowing the Outlaws’ lead to two runs.
The Dierks team immediately retaliated with a trio of runs in the top of the sixth, with Kesterson walked home, and McKinney and Fox both in on a grounder to short by Derek Hill. This re-established a dominant lead for the Outlaws at Dierks 11-6.
The seventh saw the Outlaws add one more run, as Kesterson stole home after a popup and a pair of walks put him in position. The Bearcats attempted some last minute scoring, and managed to get one in on an error, but Woodruff shut that down with a final strikeout to close the game Dierks 12-7.
Fox was the Outlaws’ offensive standout for the game, with two runs, three hits and two RBIs in only three at bats.
The following afternoon the Outlaws hosted the nascent Mineral Springs Hornets, re-formed after more than a year out of the game.
While the outcome of this game was not in question, there were bright spots for the Hornets’ nine men, with players making base on each of the first three plays of the game. The Outlaws, on the other hand, had a powerhouse first inning, seeing Dunn and Kesterson each walked in, Brayden Kirby, McKinney and Woodruff all run in on a grounder to short by Cale Adams, who himself ran home on a fly to right by Hill, Blayn Turner in on a fly to center by Dunn, Dunn then brought in on a fly to left from Kesterson, who then stole home, as did Fox on his final effort in the first. This set the score Dierks 12-0.
The top of the second was quick, then the Outlaws were back in the batter’s box, where they proceded to score heavily again. They began with Hill running in on a hard grounder to left by Turner, then saw Peyton Frachiseur, Colton Strode, Kirby, Jesse Martin and Bradley Lowery each walked in, Jed Morrow ran in as Turner was grounded out by the Hornets’ pitcher, Blake Bradshaw scored on a fly to center by Strode, and Frachiseur was again brought home on a grounder to short from Kirby. Thereby the score stood at the end of the second at Dierks 21-0.
A final run was made in the bottom of the third as Bradshaw was walked home. At the close of that inning, the game was ended with a final score of Dierks 22-0.
Turner was credited the win, with 30 of his 42 pitches making strikes, while Cale Adams was the offensive standout for the Outlaws, achieving one hit, one run and three RBIs in two at bats.
Hart was the obvious standout for the Hornets, in the box, at the dish and in the field. His performance showed promise in a largely unready performance from a beginning team.
The Outlaws next face the Lafayette County Cougars this afternoon in Stamps, while the Hornets next step out against the GoDevils in Gurdon.