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The Shelter Insurance baseball team bounced back after a bad start in the Dixie World Series in Guntersville, Ala.

As the Arkansas representative in the tournament, Shelter fell to North Carolina before beating Texas and Florida.

Arkansas – NC

North Carolina took advantage of Arkansas errors for a 15-3 win. The Arkansas team was up 3-2 after three innings, but a series of errors led to five NC runs.

Arkansas was limited to two hits: a double by Blake Pickett and a single by Cooper Young.

Arkansas – Texas

In round two Arkansas nipped Texas 9-8.

Gage Woods, Stone Williams and Cooper Young split the pitching duties and gave up six hits and struck out 10 in the seven inning game.

At the plate Carson McKiever and Woods had two singles each. Tucker Emerson, Stone Williams, Joseph Allen, Easton Leonard, Blake Pickett and Devon Boyles had one each.

Arkansas – Florida

The defense came up with big plays in game three when Arkansas downed Florida 7-6.

Tucker Emerson, Easton Leonard and Kase Davis turned two double plays.

Two Florida runners were tagged out at home. One came when second baseman Leonard relayed Cooper Young’s throw from right field to Gage Woods who made the tag.

The other came when centerfield Stone Williams made a throw of about 300 feet that Woods caught on the hop to tag the runner.

Young and Boyles gave up eight hits and struck out four Florida batters.

Williams had two singles and the game winning run batted in.

Emerson had three hits. Leonard and Davis each had two.

Blake Pickett, Carson McKiever, Woods and Young had one hit each.

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