Sledd, Mcclain earn All-state
FAYETTEVILLE – After starting the Chad Wolff Classic 1-1 on Thursday, the Bryant Black Sox (senior) would come away with an 8-3 victory over Prodigy Prime on Friday, and then an 11-0 shutout over Perfect Timing Blue Saturday morning, in which Logan Grant pitched a no-hitter, helping the Black Sox to a 6-2 overall record.
Grant walked just three and struck out five in his six no-hit innings, securing the shutout over Perfect Timing. Grant retired the first nine batters he faced before a runner reached on an error to start the fourth inning. A walk ensued, but a strikeout, pick off and ground out got Grant out of the two-runner jam.
By then, the Black Sox were up 4-0 thanks to an RBI single by Cade Drennan in
BAUXITE – Two Bauxite Lady Miners earned Allstate honors and another was named to the All-state Tournament Team after a 19-10 season, 8-4 in the 7-4A Conference, and a 4A South Regional championship to earn a No. 1 seed in the 4A State Tournament in which they fell in the quarterfinals to Pottsville.
Seniors Destiny Mcclain and Taylor Sledd both earned All-state, while senior Ashley Redmon was named to the All-state Tournament Team.
Sledd, named All-state for the third time, was a beast at the plate as she led the Lady Miners with a .512 average, 43 hits, 11 doubles and seven home runs, while adding 23 runs and 28 RBIS.
Mcclain hit .438, second on the team, while adding three homers, 11 doubles, 24 runs and a team-leading 31 RBIS and five stolen bases.
Redmon batted .299 with nine doubles, 27 runs and 16 RBIS. In the circle, Redmon led Bauxite with 84.1 innings pitched with a 2.99 ERA, striking out 45 vs. 17 walks.
LEFT: Bauxite senior Destiny Mcclain slides in safely in a game this past season. ABOVE: Senior Taylor Sledd takes an at-bat in a game this past season. Both Sledd and Mcclaine earned All-state honors.