Sturgeon continues to flourish
Drew Sturgeon continues to impress against college players after graduating in the spring from Farmington High School.
Sturgeon went 3 for 3 with a walk to lead a comeback 6-3 victory for PT Cardinal, which scored five runs in the top of the seventh to down PT Red. Sturgeon had two doubles in the game and drove in two runs in the top of the seventh to put PT Cardinal ahead for good.
“Drew Sturgeon was great for us today,” PT Cardinal coach Zac Bottoms said. “He’s had a really good summer at the plate and he always provides good defense for us in center field.”
Sturgeon is a former football and baseball standout from Farmington who’ll continue his baseball career at Central Arkansas. Sturgeon started the game Monday with a sharp single off Jordan Wicks, who struck out 10 in four innings for PT Red. Sturgeon then walked before shooting a double into the gap against PT Red reliever Levi Bennett.
Sturgeon added another double and scored a run in the seventh to complete the victory for PT Cardinal.
Jordan Wicks made his final appearance in the Perfect Timing College League, which won’t disappoint any of the batters who’ve faced him this summer.
Wicks had another strong performance when PT Red lost 6-3 to PT Cardinal on Monday at Tyson Park. The sophomore left-hander for Kansas State struck out 10 and allowed one unearned run in four innings
“The ball looked really good coming out of his hand,” PT Red coach Phil Cebuhar said. “He’s been building up this summer before heading off to the Northwoods League in Wisconsin. So, his last outing here was really good.”
Wicks is drawing interest from professional scouts after he went 6-3 with a 3.61 earned run average as a freshman for Kansas State. The former Wampus Cat from Conway was selected Big 12 Freshman of the Year in 2019 and made second-team All-Big 12.
Three scouts were lined up behind the fence near home plate and a scout from the New York Mets moved down the right-field line to shoot video of Wicks.PT Cardinal scored its only run off Wicks in the fourth inning following a walk and a throwing error that sailed wide of first base and into right field.
Wicks then struck the next batter to end the inning.
The Perfect Timing League offers quality baseball for fans Monday through Thursday, but only Major League Baseball can provide the highest level of competition.
That’s why fans watching games at Tyson Park in Springdale are pleased to hear Major League Baseball will begin “spring” training on Wednesday and play a 60-game schedule beginning July 23 or 24.
“It’s about time,” said Kevin Edwards of Alma. “They finally pulled their heads out and got things right. We all want to see them playing.”
The decision to finally play came after weeks of discussions between players and owners. There’s still plenty of issues to resolve, especially in regard to player safety as covid-19 continues to spike in some areas of the country.
“I think the owners dug their heels in for no reason,” said Evan Matson, who moved to Northwest Arkansas recently from Kansas City, Mo. “Not all the owners, but a lot of them did and that caused a lot of tension. Now, it’s going to be interesting to see how many people show up. They’re going to have to let fans back to watch the games because they’re going to lose so much money if they don’t.”
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