The Pointers finished out the regular conference season with another win as they defeated Springdale 4-1 on May 1 in Northwest Arkansas.
Landry Wilkerson went the distance to get the win as he struck out 12 batters with two walks, one earned run, and three hits.
Trevor Johnson provided all the damage for the Pointers as he hit a two-run home run at the top of the first.
Wilkerson and Dakota Peters each added RBI singles in the second and fifth innings respectively.
After Van Buren led 3-0, Springdale’s McKane Woods had a RBI single to make it 3-1. Both teams stranded five runners on base.
The Pointers concluded the regular season 19-9 overall and 8-6 in the 6A West after a 0-5 start.
Tanner Callahan led all batters as he went 3 for 4 and six other Van Buren batters contributed the six other hits.
The game was originally set for April 30, but rain pushed the contest back a day.
Richelle Stacy tossed her first career no-hitter as the Van Buren Lady Pointers returned to the win column with a decisive 14-0 run-rule win in Springdale during 6A-West action Thursday.
Stacy went all three innings and allowed no hits and no walks, striking out one. One Springdale batter did reach on an error.
Van Buren (8-13, 5-7), which snapped a string of seven straight defeats, got on the board with five runs in the first, followed by two more runs in the second and seven in the third.
Brooklyn Fancher was 3-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs scored. Cali Jones was 2-for-2 with an RBI and three runs scored, Brook Kannady was 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs and Ashlynn Kinsey doubled and drove in three runs.
Stacy also went 2-for-3 with an RBI as well.
The Lady Pointers are scheduled to travel to Springdale Har-Ber on Friday before playing their home finale Monday against Fayetteville.
No one wants to lose two games going into the state tournament. Van Buren coach Nathan Almond is no exception.
But the Pointers, despite faltering to Bentonville West on Wednesday night at Blakemore Field, will still be a No. 4 seed when they likely face Southside next week at the 6A state tournament.
The Wolverines scored two second half goals en route to a 3-1 victory, dropping Van Buren to 7-6 in league play.
“I felt like we were OK at 1-1,” Almond said. “I felt like we still had a couple of opportunities at that point. That kid, he just wanted to score, to make it 2-1. Really, the backbreaker was the penalty kick at the end. The game was over at that point. We weren’t playing well enough to score goals to be able to tie it back up.”
Van Buren took a 1-0 lead on an early PK. Junior Isaac Delafuente gave the Pointers a 1-0 lead at the 30:16 mark of the first half. The Pointers were aggressive early, moving the ball well into the Wolverines end of the field.
But West, which beat Van Buren twice this season, despite finishing as the No. 5 seed, forced a 1-1 halftime lead when Collins Higgins curled one in from 30 yards out.
It remain tied until sophomore Tom Schultz put the visitors ahead, 2-1, with 27:16 left in the match.
Knowing they were locked in as the No. 4 seed, win or lose, may hurt his team, Almond said.
“I think they’re comfortable, which I hate to see,” he said. “You don’t want to lose this one, then have to go up and play (13-0) Springdale. You certainly don’t want to take two losses going into the state tournament, so you feel a little bit of pressure going up to Springdale. I think some of that is they were a little comfortable, and they played that way.”
Delafuente’s goal gives him a school-record 33 for the season. He long ago broke the previous mark of 22 more than a month ago.