TEXARKANA, Texas – Heading to the road for a midweek doubleheader, Central Baptist College baseball took on the Eagles of Texas A&M-Texarkana this afternoon at Dobson Field. The Mustangs (21-22) had leads in both games, but couldn’t slow down the bats of the Eagles (29-18), falling twice 14-10 and 7-5.

In addition to the 15 runs, CBC had 17 hits in the doubleheader. Those included four doubles, two from Jay French and one each from Gabe Walker and Wille Baez and home runs from Baez, Austin Teal and Ruben Hernandez.


CBC scored a run to support starter Gram Middleton in the second, with French plating the first run of the game for a 1-0 lead. The Eagles would tie the game in the bottom half before CBC blew the game open in the fourth, scoring eight times to lead 9-1 after three and a half. Walker’s double brought in the first run to make it 2-1 before Teal’s homer, a two-run shot and his seventh of the season, made it 4-1. A double from French and a single from Logan Easterling made it 6-1 and Baez followed with his 10th homer of the season, a three-run blast, to cap the scoring. Middleton got into a little trouble in the fourth and was lifted and relievers Ben Slate and Slayton Holland kept TAMUT at bay, as CBC left the fourth with a 9-8 lead. An RBI single by Steven Stewart made it 10-8 in the fifth, but the bullpen couldn’t hold the lead as the Eagles scored five in the fifth and one in the sixth to put the game away. Middleton did not factor in the decision after throwing 3.1 innings and allowing five hits on four runs (two earned) with a walk and two strikeouts. Slate allowed three runs on two hits in a third of an inning and Holland allowed two hits and a run with a walk in a third of an inning. Caleb Sollars walked the only two batters he faced, surrendering two runs and Austin LeJeune was the tough luck loser, allowing six hits and four runs with a walk and three strikeouts.


CBC jumped on TAMUT early again in game two as Baez brought in two with a double to make it 2-0 in the first. After the lead was trimmed in half to 2-1, Hernandez’s seventh home run of the season, a two-run shot, made it 4-1 in the third. The Eagles would score two in the third and three in the fourth to take a 6-4 lead before a steal of home by Hernandez made it 6-5 in the sixth. The Eagles would add a run in the bottom of the sixth and put two on in the seventh before the game ended. Jackson Lindsey started and went three innings, allowing three runs on four hits with four walks and a strikeout. Braeden Wolford was the unfortunate loser, allowing three runs on a hit with two walks in two-thirds of an inning and Rhett Blackburn finished the game, allowing two hits and one run with a pair of walks.


CBC will be at home for the final time this season on Friday afternoon when they begin a three-game American Midwest Conference series against the Eagles of Williams Baptist. First pitch is scheduled for noon at Burns Park in North Little Rock.