Critical Weekend Looms for WBC Baseball and Softball
A busy weekend is on tap on the campus of Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge, Ark., with a total of six games being played in two sports. All six matchups will be significant American Midwest Conference contests.
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The WBC Eagles baseball team will host Hannibal-LaGrange University in a four game series beginning on Friday at 1 p.m. at Shell Field. The second game will be played approximately fifteen minutes after the conclusion of game one. On Saturday, they will play another doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m.
On Saturday, the Eagles will honor nine senior baseball players. The seniors are Dustin Crane of Campbell, Mo., Paul Welch of Hot Springs, Ark., Justin Hawkins of Flippin, AR, Marcus Massey of Bernie, Mo., Dakota Melton of Mountain Home, Ark., Adam Montgomery of Horseshoe Bend, Ark., Josh Brown of Cabot, Ark., Chris Miller of Paragould, Ark., and Shawn Selph of Jackson, Tenn. The student-athletes will be recognized on the field at 11:30 a.m.
The series against HLG will be vital in the race for the final AMC playoff spot. Currently, WBC sits 3.5 games out, but with a big series they could increase their odds of making the tournament.
Across the street at WBC Softball Field, the nationally ranked Lady Eagles will host William Woods University. Williams is ranked 17th in the latest NAIA poll, while Woods is receiving votes.
Last year, Woods ended the Lady Eagles dreams of playing in the national tournament. A 4-2 extra inning win in the final game of the three game championship series sent the Owls to the tournament and ended WBC’s season.
The two teams will meet for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday. WBC trails WWU by one game for first place in the AMC standings.
Baseball and softball encourages everyone to come out and support the teams as they race for postseason positioning.