El Dorado Springs started conference play this past week, playing Warsaw, Butler, and Sherwood. The Bulldogs went 3-0 defeating Warsaw 13-4, Butler 12-2, and Sherwood 17-2 during the week.
On Tuesday, April 6, El Dorado Springs hosted the Wildcats of Warsaw. Trevyn Garringer started the game for the Bulldogs. Garringer threw 5 innings, surrendering four runs on 3 hits, and struck out 11 batters. Preston Robison relieved Garringer over the final two innings giving up no hits, no runs, and struck out four Wildcat batters.
After scoring one in the first inning, the Bulldog bats went silent until the fourth inning when they erupted for 9 runs in the inning to break the game open 10-1. The Wildcats gave three more runs to the Bulldog hitters during the 5th and 6th innings. The Wildcats responded to the Bulldog outburst in the fourth with 3 runs of their own in 5th innings.
Garringer led the hitting attack for the Bulldogs going 3-3 with two walks, 3 runs, and 3 RBI. Gaven Morgan was 2-5 with a double, a run scored, and 2 RBI. Payton Green and Trey Graves each had a two-run double and Collins added a RBI single.
The Bulldogs played Butler at home on Thursday, April 8th, defeating the Bears 12-2 in five innings. Logan Spencer started for the Bulldogs and threw 5 innings, surrendering two runs on six hits while striking out three batters.
The Bulldogs scored 3 runs in the first as Garringer, Ian Esry, and Morgan all crossed the plate in the inning. After a scoreless second inning, the Bulldogs broke the game open in the 3rd inning, scoring seven runs when they sent 13 batters to plate. The Bulldogs finished the mercy-rule shortened game when they sent two runners across the plate in the 5th inning.
Garringer was 4-4 with a double, 2 runs, and a RBI, Graves had 3 hits, 2 RBI, and a run scored. Esry, Morgan, and Robison added 2 hits a piece, while Spencer, Collins, and Dalton Adams each had a hit.
Against Sherwood, Trey Graves got the start in the game that finished with a score of 17-2. Graves threw 3 innings and gave up two runs on 3 hits while striking out 5 hitters.
Morgan, Esry, and Robison all had two hits in the game and Robison led the team with four runs batted in. Graves and Green each had a hit, while Garringer was on base 3 times with 3 walks. Eight Bulldogs scored at least two runs in the win.
The Bulldogs improved to 7-2 overall and 3-0 in the Ozarks Highlands Conference. They will be in the Holden Tournament this week with a doubleheader on Monday and Thursday.