Black Sox down Arkadel­phia in 1st round

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

CON­WAY – Down

2-0 af­ter three in­nings to Arkadel­phia in the first round of the Se­nior Amer­i­can Le­gion State Tournament, Noah Davis and the Bryant Black Sox changed all that in the bot­tom of the fourth in­ning. Davis would hit a 3-run home run to put the Sox ahead for good in a 7-2 open­ing-round vic­tory at Cur­tis Walker Park in Con­way Fri­day morn­ing.

Bryant (22-9) will take on Sheri­dan, which de­feated Ben­ton Everett Buick GMC 10-0 on Fri­day, to­day at 6 p.m. at Bear Sta­dium in Con­way.

Things weren’t look­ing great early for the Black Sox as Arkadel­phia picked up a run on a two-out RBI sin­gle in the top of the first off of Bryant starter Slade Ren­frow. An­other RBI sin­gle in the third gave Arkadel­phia a 2-0 lead af­ter three, but Ren­frow would blank Arkadel­phia the rest of the way and the Bryant bats got go­ing in the bot­tom of the fourth.

Jake Wright put Bryant on the board with a solo home run on a 3-2 count to start the in­ning. Gage Stark was hit by a pitch and Pey­ton Dil­lon walked two bat­ters later be­fore Davis ham­mered a 3-run shot over the left-field fence to put the Black Sox up for good at 4-2 af­ter four.

Arkadel­phia walked five Bryant bat­ters in the fifth, with two com­ing in with the bases loaded as Dil­lon and Davis both walked with the

bases juiced for the 6-2 lead af­ter five.

Bryant scored its last run when Lo­gan Cham­bers, who sin­gled to start the in­ning, scored on a passed ball for the 7-2 fi­nal.

Other than the two runs in the first three in­nings, Ren­frow was ex­cel­lent on the mound, giv­ing up two runs (one earned) on seven hits and four walks, strik­ing out seven in a com­plete seven in­nings pitched.

Davis, who was named the Ju­nior State Amer­i­can Le­gion Tournament MVP just two days ear­lier for the Jr. Sox state ti­tle, fin­ished 1 for 2 with the homer and four RBIS. Wright was also 1 for 2 with a homer, two runs and an RBI. Cham­bers, Stark and Lo­gan Grant all went 1 for 3 in the win.

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Bryant’s Noah Davis, 5, is con­grat­u­lated by team­mates Lo­gan Grant, 12, and Pey­ton Dil­lon af­ter hit­ting a 3-run home run in the fourth in­ning of a 7-2 Black Sox vic­tory over Arkadel­phia in the first round of the Se­nior Amer­i­can Le­gion State Tour­ney Fri­day in Con­way. Bryant will face Sheri­dan to­day at 6 p.m. at Bear Sta­dium in Con­way. Bryant Black Sox run­ner Lo­gan Cham­bers slides in safely af­ter a passed ball in a 7-2 Bryant win over Arkadel­phia in the first round of the state tournament Fri­day at Cur­tis Walker Park in Con­way.

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Bryant Black Sox starter Slade Ren­frow throws a pitch in a 7-2 win over Arkadel­phia in the first round of the Se­nior State Amer­i­can Le­gion Tournament Fri­day in Con­way. Ren­frow gave up just one earned run in a com­plete seven in­nings for the win. Bryant plays Sheri­dan to­day at 6 p.m.

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