Sledd, Mc­clain earn All-state

The Saline Courier Weekend - - SPORTS - By Tony Le­na­han

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.

Pho­tos by GREG DAVIS and KA­T­RINA CHAVERS/SPE­CIAL to The Sa­line Courier

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.

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