Jr. Sox down Sand­lot for ti­tle

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

FAYET­TEVILLE — After start­ing the Chad Wolff Clas­sic 3-0, the Bryant Ju­nior Black Sox would fall 3-2 to Prodigy Prospect on Satur­day, but would come back to de­feat OKC Sand­lot 16U 6-1 on Sun­day to claim the Wolff cham­pi­onship at Baum-walker Sta­dium in Fayet­teville.

Blaine Sears pitched an ex­cel­lent game on Sun­day, giv­ing up just the one run on six hits and no walks, strik­ing out eight in a com­plete seven in­nings for the win.

A score­less game after two in­nings, the Black Sox (16-3) would get on the board in the top of the third. Law­son Speer walked to start and went to sec­ond on Noah Davis’ sac­ri­fice bunt. After a Pey­ton Dil­lon li­ne­out, Ryan Riggs put the Black Sox on the board with a two-out dou­ble to left field to plate Speer for the 1-0 lead.

JT Parker sin­gled to put run­ners on the cor­ners be­fore Will Hath­cote sin­gled in cour­tesy run­ner Hay­den Thomp­son for the 2-0 lead after three.

Bryant scored on an er­ror in the fourth to go up 3-0 be­fore Sand­lot scored its

lone run in the bot­tom of the fifth on an RBI ground out to make it 3-1, but Sears would strike the next man out to get out of the in­ning with­out fur­ther dam­age.

The Jr. Sox would be helped by walks in the top of the sev­enth. After Sand­lot struck out the first two bat­ters, three con­sec­u­tive walks en­sued to load the bases for Davis, who un­loaded them with a 3-run triple for the 6-1 fi­nal. Sears set Sand­lot down in or­der in the bot­tom of the in­ning to claim vic­tory.

Riggs fin­ished 3 for 4 with an RBI, Speer was 2 for 3 with three runs, Davis 1 for 4 with three RBIS and Hath­cote was 1 for 4 with an RBI. Dil­lon, Parker, Tyler Bates and Dakota Clay all added a hit each in the win.

Spe­cial to The Saline Courier

The Bryant Jr. Black Sox pose after de­feat­ing OKC Sand­lot 6-1 Sun­day in the cham­pi­onship game of the Chad Wolff Clas­sic. Bryant fin­ished 4-1 in the tour­ney.

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