Bryant wins, stays alive

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - SCOREBOARD -

NEW OR­LEANS — Will McEn­tire threw a com­plete game as the Bryant Black Sox elim­i­nated Columbia, Tenn., 5-2, in the Amer­i­can Le­gion Mid-South Re­gional at John Ryan Sta­dium on Sat­ur­day af­ter­noon.

Bryant must win two games to­day to qual­ify for the Amer­i­can Le­gion World Series in Shelby, N.C.

Sat­ur­day’s sec­ond game, be­tween Ada, Okla., and Destre­han, La., was rained out and has been resched­uled for to­day, with the site mov­ing to Tu­lane Univer­sity be­cause of poor field con­di­tions at John Ryan.

The game be­tween Ada and Destre­han will be a nine-in­ning con­test, with the win­ner play­ing Bryant in a seven-in­ning game.

If Ada beats Destre­han, Bryant would have to beat Ada twice to ad­vance.

If Destre­han beats Ada, Bryant would have to beat Destre­han, then Ada, in seven-in­ning games.

Sat­ur­day, McEn­tire al­lowed 9 hits, struck out 6 and re­tired the fi­nal 11 bat­ters he faced. He did not walk a bat­ter.

Three of McEn­tire’s strike­outs came in the fi­nal two in­nings.

Short­stop Jake East had two of Bryant’s 10 hits, in­clud­ing a tie-break­ing two-run sin­gle in the fifth in­ning that gave the Sox a 3-1 lead.

Lo­gan Allen also had two hits for Bryant. Alex Shurtl­eff gave Bryant a 1-0 lead in the sec­ond with a sin­gle that scored Dy­lan Hurt.

The Ten­nessee state cham­pi­ons closed to within 3-2 with a run in the sixth, but Bryant got the run back when Scott Sch­midt drew a bases-loaded walk in the eighth.

Hurt con­nected on a sac­ri­fice fly in the ninth to ac­count for the game’s fi­nal run.

Luke Flatt took the loss for Columbia. He al­lowed seven hits and four runs. He struck out five and walked two.

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