Junior Sox fall short of crown
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.