Black Sox even at Pr­ere­gional tour­ney

The Saline Courier Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - By Tony Le­na­han

OMAHA, Neb. – The Bryant Black Sox moved to 2-2 in the Creighton Prep Pre-re­gional Tour­na­ment with a 9-0 shutout over the Boze­man Bucks (Mon­tana) and a 5-4 loss to Bran­don Val­ley (South Dakota)

Fri­day in Omaha, Ne­braska. The Black Sox de­feated the Cheyenne Six­ers 2-1 on Thurs­day and fell 5-3 to host Creighton Prep on Wed­nes­day.

On Fri­day, Bryant’s Lo­gan Grant, re­cently pitch­ing a no­hit­ter, would hold Boze­man to one hit in the 9-0 win. Grant also walked one in the shutout, strik­ing out nine in five com­plete in­nings.

The Black Sox (9-4) took a 1-0 lead in the bot­tom of the first in­ning when lead­off man Noah Davis sin­gled to start and stole sec­ond be­fore a strike­out and fly out en­sued. Jake Wright walked be­fore Davis took third on a wild pitch and scored on an er­ror on the same play for the 1-0 lead af­ter one.

Af­ter Grant set down his sixth straight to open the game on the mound, the Black Sox got back to work of­fen­sively in the sec­ond in­ning. Ryan Riggs walked, Coby Greiner dou­bled and Law­son Speer walked to load the bases. Davis fol­lowed with a 2-run sin­gle and Lo­gan Cat­ton dou­bled in two more for the 5-0 lead af­ter two.

Gage Stark dou­bled to start the bot­tom of the third and later scored on a wild pitch for the 6-0 lead, and the Sox capped their scor­ing

in the fourth in­ning when Pey­ton Dil­lon hit a 2-run dou­ble and later scored on Riggs’ RBI sin­gle for the 9-0 fi­nal.

Davis fin­ished 2 for 3 with two runs and two RBIS, while Cat­ton and Dil­lon both went 1 for 3 with two RBIS apiece. Stark and Riggs both had a hit each in the win.

Bran­don Val­ley, 5, Black Sox 4

Hold­ing a 4-3 lead af­ter five in­nings, Bryant’s five er­rors would come back to haunt the Black Sox as they fell 5-4 to Bran­don Val­ley in their sec­ond game Thurs­day.

Down 3-1 af­ter three in­nings, Wright started the fourth with a dou­ble and went to third on Dil­lon’s ground out. Af­ter a strike­out, Stark hit a two-out RBI triple to get Bryant within

3-2 af­ter four.

The Black Sox took the lead in the fifth as Bray­den Lester sin­gled and was pinch ran for by Speer, who went to sec­ond on Davis’ ground out. Speer scored on Cat­ton’s triple to tie things up and the Sox took a 4-3 lead on Cade Dren­nan’s sac­ri­fice fly.

Bran­don Val­ley would tie things up the next in­ning scor­ing its only earned run of the game on a sac­ri­fice fly, and two walks and an er­ror in the sev­enth would lead to a walk-off sac­ri­fice fly.

Chris­tian Motes started for Bryant and pitched well, giv­ing up four runs (one earned) on five hits and a walk, strik­ing out three in five in­nings. Blaine Sears walked two and gave up one hit and an un­earned run in 1.2 in­nings of work.

Stark went 2 for 2 with an RBI, Greiner 1 for 3 with an RBI and Cat­ton was 1 for 4 with a run and RBI. Wright, Grant and Lester all added a hit in the loss.

Bryant will play Rapid City to­day at 11:30 a.m.

TONY LE­NA­HAN/THE Saline Courier

Bryant Black Sox bat­ter Gage Stark takes a cut in a game ear­lier this sea­son. The Black Sox split their game Fri­day in the Creighton Prep Pre-re­gional Tour­na­ment.

TONY LE­NA­HAN/THE Saline Courier

Bryant’s Ryan Riggs gets set to catch a fly ball in a game ear­lier this year.

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