(AMC Sports Information)
Henderson, Tenn. - The No. 1 seeded Missouri Baptist worked its way back into the championship game after falling to Central Baptist (Ark.), but they couldn't turn the tables against the hot offense of CBC as the Arkansas crew took home the AMC Tournament title.
CBC put their ace, Brian Moreno, on the mound. The righty threw three innings of work and allowed three runs on seven hits. He was relieved by Gunner Allen who threw one perfect inning before the ball was handed over to Aaron Kincaid to finish out the game.
Kincaid threw five innings of shutout baseball and allowed only two hits in his time on the bump. Backing him up was the potent Mustang offense that launched four home runs on the evening for a whopping 11 runs on 18 hits.
Jalin Lawson led the way for the Mustangs by going 4-for-5 on the night with a double, RBI and run scored. The Mustang 9-hole hitter, Deonta Howard, also provided a spark from the bottom as he went 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs.
The Spartans seemed to run out of offense after their 20 run game against William Woods (Mo.) to advance to the championship. Only two extra-base hits plagued MBU into a slow and sluggish time spent at the plate. Tag that along with only one walk drawn on the evening and the recipe was made for CBC's devouring.
In their first year of AMC play, the Mustangs take home the Tournament Champion plaque and a bid to the NAIA Opening Round on a final score of 11-3.
With the tournament coming to a close, the AMC announced its All-Conference teams for baseball.
Lawson led the way this season with his 22 home runs on the year. The Mustang second basemen finished the season with a .418 batting average and .901 slugging percentage. Lawson was awarded as the AMC Player of the Year.
The force on the bump all season was that of Brandon Guske of Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.). The Lion starter had a 11-2 record on the season with a 1.82 ERA. He recorded 101 strikeouts in 104 innings pitched with only 11 walks allowed all year. Guske was awarded as the AMC Pitcher of the Year this evening.
For the full list of awards, click here.