Mountain Home Lockeroom scored seven runs in the first two innings and coasted to an 8-2 victory over the Batesville Highwaymen in a Zone 2 Conference game Sunday in American Legion Baseball action at Batesville.
Lockeroom took a 12-5 victory in the non-zone nightcap of the doubleheader and improved to 21-10 overall and 5-2 in Zone 2 play.
Hayden Hall continued his hot streak at the plate, going 3 for 4 with three runs scored in the first game for Mountain Home. The shortstop was a home run shy of batting for the cycle.
Brody Ninemire was 2 for 4 with two doubles, Jake Berton was 2 for 4 with a triple, and Cole Anderson and Austin Jacobelli each went 2 for 4 to aid in the Lockeroom’s 14-hit attack. Ronnie Jeffrey was 2 for 3 to lead Batesville.
Ninemire went the distance on the mound to earn the win, striking out seven and walking one batter. The right-hander allowed two earned runs on six hits. Jesse Sampley took the loss for Batesville, allowing eight runs — four earned — over six innings.
Mountain Home led 4-0 after its first at-bat with Jacobelli driving in a run with a single, Ninemire doubling home a pair of runs, and Berton bringing home Ninemire with a triple.
Batesville scored once in the first, and Lockeroom went on to tack on three more in the second. Marshall Roberson, Anderson and Hall all singled to load the bases, and Jacobelli drove in a run with a one-out base hit. With two outs, Berton singled home a pair for a 7-1 lead.
Batesville scored once in the fifth, and Lockeroom added one more in the sixth when Hall scored on a wild pitch.
Lockeroom traveled to Paragould on Monday night for its final Zone 2 game of the season. Results were not available at press time.
Mountain Home added 10 more hits in the five-inning nightcap and scored five runs in a big fourth inning to pull away.
Several late-season call-ups from the Hopper Environmental Services Junior Legion squad had big games in the second contest. Mason Kinder went 3 for 4 with four RBIs, while Luke Kruse was 2 for 4 with an RBI and Luke Jackson was 1 for 3 with two ribbies.
Berton was 3 for 3 with two RBIs and Hall had a hit and an RBI for Mountain Home.
Kruse earned the win on the hill, walking three and allowing five runs — four earned. The righty scattered eight hits over five innings. Austin Passmore took the loss for the Highwaymen, allowing 12 earned runs and six walks over five frames.
Lockeroom led just 4-1 going into the top of the fourth, but plated five runs — capped by a two-run homer by Berton — to surge to a 9-1 advantage.