Black Sox start 2-0 in Spring­field

The Saline Courier Weekend - - SPORTS - By Tony Le­na­han

SPRING­FIELD, Mo. – The Bryant Black Sox se­nior Amer­i­can Le­gion squad be­gan 2-0 in a tour­na­ment in Spring­field, Mis­souri, with a 13-0 shutout over the North­land Venom on Thurs­day be­fore com­ing back late to claim an 8-5 win over the 417 Hooks on Fri­day morn­ing. The Black Sox took on Mid­west later on Fri­day with re­sults com­ing in Sun­day’s edi­tion.

In the 8-5 win, Bryant (198) ac­tu­ally trailed 4-0 after two in­nings be­fore get­ting back in it in the top of third in­ning. With Slade Ren­frow strik­ing out but reach­ing on a dropped third strike, Lo­gan Cat­ton walked two bat­ters later with two outs. Ren­frow and Cat­ton pulled off a dou­ble steal be­fore Cade Dren­nan hit a 2-run sin­gle to get the Black Sox within 4-2, which it re­mained un­til the fifth in­ning.

Lo­gan Cham­bers drew a one-out walk and Cat­ton sin­gled be­fore Dren­nan flew out for the sec­ond out in the fifth. But, Jake Wright came through with an RBI sin­gle to left field and Gage Stark copied Wright with an RBI sin­gle of his own to left to tie things at 4-apiece.

The Hooks re­took the lead in the bottom of the in­ning with an RBI sin­gle, but Bryant retied it with Brayden Lester’s RBI sin­gle to left field to plate Lo­gan Grant, who singed to start the in­ning, for the 5-5 game.

The Black Sox took the lead for good in the top of the sev­enth as Cat­ton was

hit by a pitch and Dren­nan sin­gled to start. A sac­ri­fice bunt from Wright moved the run­ners up be­fore Cat­ton scored on a passed ball and Dren­nan on an er­ror for the 7-5 lead. Ren­frow’s RBI sin­gle later in the in­ning capped the scor­ing.

Lester started for the Black Sox and gave up five runs (two earned) on six hits and three walks, while strik­ing out two in

4.1 in­nings. Cat­ton picked up the win with 1.1 score­less in­nings, while Ren­frow struck out the only two men he faced for the save.

Wright fin­ished 2 for 2 with two stolen bases and an RBI, Dren­nan was 2 for 4 with a run and RBI, and Grant was 2 for 4 with two runs. Stark was 1 for 4 with two RBIS and Lester and Ren­frow both went 1 for 4 with and RBI, with Ren­frow steal­ing three bases. Cat­ton scored thrice with a 1-for-2 day.

It was all Bryant from the get-go in its 13-0 win over Venom. The Sr. Sox put up six runs in the first in­ning, pound­ing out 12 hits for the game, and Chris­tian Motes pitched a two-hit shutout, strik­ing out five vs. one walk in four in­nings for the win.

Grant went 3 for 3 with three RBIS, Dren­nan was 3 for 4 with a dou­ble and two RBIS, and Stark was 2 for 2 with a triple and two RBIS. Wright, Lester and Ryan Lessen­berry all had a hit and RBI apiece, with Cham­bers adding a hit and a run.

GREG Davis/spe­cial to The Saline Courier

Bryant Black Sox sec­ond base­man Slade Ren­frow at­tempts to turn a dou­ble play in a game ear­lier this week. The Black Sox be­gan 2-0 in a tour­na­ment in Spring­field, Mis­souri.

GREG Davis/spe­cial to The Saline Courier

Bryant’s Gage Stark catches a fly ball in a game ear­lier this week. The Black Sox be­gan 2-0 in a Spring­field, Mis­souri, tour­ney.

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