Ju­nior Sox fall short of crown

The Saline Courier - - SPORTS - By Tony Le­na­han tle­na­[email protected]­ton­courier.com

SHERI­DAN — Start­ing 4-0 in the Sheri­dan In­vi­ta­tional (17U), the Bryant Jr. Black Sox would fall just short in Sun­day’s ti­tle game, los­ing 6-5 to the Brink­ley Pa­tri­ots. Bryant (12-2) re­cently won the Five-tool Tour­na­ment, but couldn’t over­come the Pa­tri­ots on Sun­day.

Be­fore the ti­tle game, the Black Sox routed the Sheri­dan Swarm 10-3 on Wed­nes­day be­fore in­clement weather Thurs­day and Fri­day bunched the rest of the tour­ney into Satur­day and Sun­day. On Satur­day, the Sox edged Le­gion Field­house 4-3 be­fore rock­ing the Fort Smith Sports­man 17-3 that night. Bryant shut out the Jr. Ra­zor­backs 6-0 Sun­day af­ter­noon be­fore com­ing up just short in the ti­tle game.

The Jr. Sox ac­tu­ally trailed

5-0 go­ing into the bot­tom of the fifth be­fore putting up a 5-spot, but a Pa­triot run in the top of the sixth proved to be the win­ning run.

Down 5-0, Ethan An­drews be­gan the bot­tom of the fifth with a walk be­fore ad­vanc­ing to third on Will Hath­cote’s dou­ble. Kyler Pabon sin­gled both run­ners in to make it a 5-2 game be­fore Dakota Clay walked. Af­ter a fly out for the first out, Law­son Speer sin­gled to load the bases be­fore Noah Davis’ 2-run sin­gle to right field got Bryant within 5-4. JT Parker tied things up with an RBI sin­gle to plate Speer.

But, two one-out walks and an er­ror in the top of the sixth would give Brink­ley the win­ning run.

Davis and Pabon both had a hit and two RBIS apiece, while Speer, Parker, An­drews, Hath­cote and Clay all added a hit apiece.

Lo­gan White started for Bryant giv­ing up three runs (one earned) on six hits with­out a walk, strik­ing out four in four in­nings pitched.

In Bryant’s 6-0 win over the Jr. Ra­zor­backs ear­lier in the day, Blaine Sears pitched a com­plete-game shutout giv­ing up four hits and a walk, strik­ing out four in seven in­nings. Sears needed just 77 pitches.

In the 17-3 win over Fort Smith, Davis ex­ploded for a 2-for-3 day with a homer, dou­ble, two stolen bases, four runs and two RBIS. Ryan Riggs went 2 for 4 with three RBIS and Parker was 1 for 2 with a run and two RBIS.

Pey­ton Dil­lon went deep in the Jr. Sox 4-3 win over Le­gion Field­house, go­ing 1 for 4 with a 2-run homer in Bryant’s 4-run third in­ning. Joshua Turner started on the mound pick­ing up the win giv­ing up one run on five hits vs. no walks, strik­ing out two in five in­nings.

The Jr. Sox will host

Sheri­dan today at 6 p.m. with the Sr. Sox fol­low­ing at 8 p.m. in Bryant.

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