Arkadelphia Baseball and Softball Back on the Diamond

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Aaron Weatherford

Badger Baseball looks out at the opposing team before their opening game.

The Lady Badger softball team breaks away from a huddle during a game last week. (Courtesy of Badger Athletics)

Basketball season in Arkadelphia came to an end last Friday when the men’s basketball team fell in overtime in the first round of the state tournament. While one season ended, another two began the next week. Softball and Baseball are now in full swing, literally.
Both squads had mediocre seasons last year and look to build off of those resumes. The Badger Baseball team opened their season first with a trip over to Bismarck to face the Lions. Bismarck is coming off of their first regional appearance in almost five years. Arkadelphia started the first inning with a walk, but ended it with a strikeout, and a double play by Bismarck. Five walked batters in the bottom of the first put the Badgers in a deep hole early.
After falling 5-0 early on, things wouldn’t get much better after Lion’s pitcher Ian Smith hit a two run homerun, giving the Lions a 7-0 lead going into the fifth inning. Arkadelphia would attempt a comeback late in the game, but it wouldn’t be enough, falling to Bismarck 7-4.
Things were much better the next day as they hosted the Gurdon Go-Devils in a community wide opening day ceremony between the two towns. The Badgers though took care of business and took home a big 13-0 win over Gurdon.
The Lady Badger softball team had a busy opening week of games. Tuesday night, they welcomed in the Prescott Lady Curley Wolves. The game was tight all the way through, but the Lady Badgers came out on top with a 3-2 score.
Then Friday night and Saturday, Arkadelphia participated in the Ashdown Invitational. It was a split weekend as they defeated two teams from Texas, Liberty Eylau and Avery, but also fell to Avery, Texas and Magnolia. Both teams are looking promising for the 2022 spring seasons.
Checkout the Baseball and Softball schedules on the Badger Athletics page, or head to arkadelphiaschools.org.