Bryant pitch­ers throw­ing up ze­roes

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BASEBALL - TIM COOPER

CON­WAY — Bryant posted its sec­ond con­sec­u­tive shutout in the Amer­i­can Le­gion AAA State Tour­na­ment, tak­ing a 6-0 vic­tory over Rus­sel­lville on a steamy Satur­day af­ter­noon at Bear Sta­dium.

My­ers Buck and two re­liev­ers com­bined for a four-hit­ter as Bryant ad­vanced to to­day’s win­ners bracket semi­fi­nals. A day ear­lier, Bryant al­lowed only three hits in a 17-0 seven-in­ning rout of first-round op­po­nent Moun­tain Home.

“That’s been the story of our sum­mer,” Bryant Man­ager Dar­ren Hurt said. “We don’t nec­es­sar­ily have the dom­i­nant pitch­ing this sum­mer, but we’ve got guys who just keep go­ing out there and get­ting it done. Ev­ery­body we’ve been throw­ing out there — and that’s about eight deep — has been get­ting the job done.”

Lead­off bat­ter Lo­gan Allen dou­bled and scored in a three-run third in­ning, and he tripled in two runs in the fourth to give Bryant a 5-0 ad­van­tage. Allen went 2 for 5, but he was robbed of hits twice.

“That’s all you can do,” said Allen, who lined the first pitch he saw Satur­day af­ter­noon to third base­man Michael Millen. “You tip your hat to them and move on.”

“It took me half the sum­mer to fig­ure out that [Allen] likes to be in the lead­off spot,” Hurt said. “He’s got so much power that I’d like to see him in the mid­dle [of the lineup], but he just sparks our of­fense. He re­ally just squares balls up all the time. If he hits it at you, you might catch it. But if he doesn’t, he’s got wheels and he’s go­ing to get dou­bles and triples.”

“I get more [at-bats],” Allen said. “There’s just some­thing about the lead­off spot. I just like it.”

Bryant had to like what Buck brought to the mound on a day that saw the heat in­dex climb to as much as 109 de­grees. Buck al­lowed only

three hits in seven in­nings. He struck out six and walked two. He re­tired 10 con­sec­u­tive bat­ters from the fourth to the sev­enth in­nings. He threw 96 pitches.

“When he got to 50 [pitches] he got bet­ter, which is a good sign for us,” Hurt said of Buck. “Ear­lier in the sum­mer he was a 65-pitch guy and he was done. I pushed him past 90 to­day, and I think he could have kept go­ing.”

Beaux Bonvil­lain pitched a per­fect eighth and Bos­ton Heil worked around a sin­gle and walk in the ninth to close out the vic­tory.

Seth Tucker sin­gled twice and drove in two runs to aid the Bryant of­fense. Matthew San­didge went 3 for 4 with a dou­ble and a run scored.

Ja­cob Sharp had two of Rus­sel­lville’s four hits, in­clud­ing a dou­ble to lead off the fourth in­ning.

TEXARKANA 6, LIT­TLE ROCK 5

Matt Good­heart hit a three-run home run in the sev­enth in­ning to lift Texarkana to a come-from-be­hind vic­tory over Lit­tle Rock.

Good­heart, who also had a dou­ble and sin­gle, smashed the first pitch he saw over the wall in right as the Ra­zor­backs scored six unan­swered runs af­ter fall­ing be­hind 5-0 in the sec­ond in­ning.

Hunter Lewis picked up the vic­tory by work­ing 62/3 in­nings while scat­ter­ing 9 hits, strik­ing out 5 and walk­ing 1.

Justin Swecker pitched 21/3 hit­less in­nings for the save.

Beau Bur­son, Tyler More­land and Parker Rib­ble added a dou­ble each for Texarkana.

An­ders Now­ell had a two-run sin­gle for Lit­tle Rock, and Cameron Blann and Nate Mooney each con­trib­uted an RBI sin­gle in the sec­ond. Mooney, Now­ell and An­drew Howard fin­ished with two hits apiece.

SHERI­DAN 10, EL DO­RADO 6

Jace Phillips tossed a com­plete game as Sheri­dan elim­i­nated El Do­rado.

Phillips was tagged for four un­earned runs in the first in­ning but re­cov­ered be­hind Sheri­dan’s 11-hit at­tack. Phillips struck out 3, walked 2 and al­lowed 12 hits.

Hay­den Fin­ley and Chance Wallings­ford both had two hits and drove in three runs for Sheri­dan. Dal­ton Dom­rase went 2 for 5 with a dou­ble, and Nathan Kirk­patrick tripled in two runs.

El Do­rado’s Lo­gan Diso­tel went 3 for 5.

ARKADEL­PHIA 11, BEN­TON 6

Alec Lewis went 3 for 5 and Arkadel­phia scored eight runs in the fi­nal two in­nings to elim­i­nate Ben­ton.

The game was tied 3-3 when Arkadel­phia scored six runs in the eighth in­ning. Ben­ton man­aged nine hits, five of which came in the ninth in­ning.

Alec Ru­ble and Deven Horn each had two hits for Arkadel­phia.

BATESVILLE 10, SEARCY 9

Jackie Swaim’s sac­ri­fice fly in the top of the ninth in­ning scored Ernest Lamb to break a 9-9 tie as Batesville elim­i­nated Searcy.

Cole House and Hay­den Mace each had two hits for Batesville. Alec Mat­lock led Searcy with three hits.

Arkansas Demo­crat-Gazette/THOMAS METTHE

Texarkana first base­man Matt Good­heart tags out Lit­tle Rock’s Grayson Trout­man dur­ing the bot­tom of the sixth in­ning Satur­day at Hen­drix Col­lege in Con­way.

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