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story.lead_photo.caption Bud Sullins/Special to Siloam Sunday Siloam Springs pitcher Taylor Pool attempts a pickoff as first baseman Jackson Knight prepares to catch the ball and Farmington's Drew Sturgeon dives back safely. Farmington defeated Siloam Springs 17-3 in five innings.

Farmington scored runs in bunches Tuesday in a mercy-rule 5A/6A District 1 victory against Siloam Springs at James Butts Baseball Complex.

The Cardinals (2-2, 1-0) ripped 17 hits and scored all 17 of their runs in the first four innings.

Farmington's Eric Hill led the way batting 4 for 4 with four runs scored and three RBIs, while Kyle Gates had three hits and four RBIs and Hayden VanLaningham contributed three hits and two RBIs.

Drew Sturgeon had two hits and scored four runs for Farmington, while Tate Sutton had two hits and scored three runs and Evan Shoffit had two hits.

The solid offensive performance for Farmington came a day after the Cardinals defeated Class 7A Rogers Heritage 13-3.

"We're getting better game by game," said Farmington coach Jay Harper. "We started off slow, oh and two down at Nashville, and we came back up here and got a good win against Heritage (Monday). We hit the ball good again today. You know we've got a bunch of kids that are improving and getting experience day by day and trying to get better every day."

Farmington scored a pair of runs in the top of the second, capitalizing on a Siloam Springs error and a walk and hit batsman.

After Siloam Springs answered with a run in the bottom of the first, the Cardinals scored six more runs in the second to go up 8-1. The big blows in the inning were an RBI double by Sturgeon and a two-run double by Hill.

The Cardinals added four more in the third and five in the fourth to take a 17-1 lead, including a pair of two-run singles by Gates in both of the innings.

Siloam Springs (2-2, 0-1), meanwhile, was held hitless until the fourth when the Panthers plated a pair of runs to make it 17-3.

Farmington starter Logan Bobak pitched the first three innings for the victory, while Trenton Austin and Brandon Hodge also worked an inning of relief.

The Panthers scored their first run when starting pitcher Taylor Pool walked, worked his way to third before giving way to courtesy runner Elijah Coffey, who scored on a wild pitch.

Baron Meek ripped an RBI triple to score Isaac Price in the fourth for Siloam Springs' first hit of the day, and he scored on an RBI single by Jacob Rowe.

Pool took the loss for Siloam Springs, while Tanner Broyles, Reed Wilbanks and Dalton Marsh also pitched.

"We're young and we're inexperienced," said Siloam Springs head coach Alan Hardcastle. "We only have four seniors, and we're at a point now where we've got to make plays and we can't have a lot of errors. We started off rough in the first inning. ... We've got to make the routine plays."

Farmington 17, Siloam Springs 3

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Bobak, Austin (4), Hodge (5) and Danenhauer; Pool, Broyles (2), Wilbanks (4), Marsh (5) and Hilburn, Pool (2). W - Bobak. L - Pool. Sv - None. HRs - None.

Springdale High 15, Siloam Springs 5

The Panthers (1-3) squandered an early lead thanks to a sloppy inning en route to a five-inning loss. It was their third consectuive setback after opening the season with a 13-2 win at Prairie Grove.

Siloam Springs grabbed the early lead by putting up two runs in the second inning. Baron Meek hit a leadoff single and later scored on a single by Chance Hilburn. Hilburn moved to second on a sacrifice by Jacob Rowe and reached third on a passed ball before stealing home to spot the Panthers a 2-0 lead.

Springdale High scored three runs in the second and then scored six runs in each of the third and fourth innings to end the game by mercy rule. The Bulldogs were aided by nine Panther errors.

Meek, who took the loss on the mound, finished 2 for 2 at the plate with a double and two runs. Taylor Pool hit a double and scored a run. Hilburn, Rowe, Isaac Price and Dalton Cook each had a hit and drove in a run to round out the Panthers' offense.

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