Dirtbags hold on vs. Little Rock
CONWAY — After falling 9-4 in their first Junior American Legion State Tournament game on
Friday, the Benton Sport Shop Dirtbags stayed alive in the tourney with a 7-4 victory over the Little Rock Diamondbacks on Saturday at Bear Stadium in Conway.
Scheduled to play Sunday, the Dirtbags and Sheridan Swarm were rescheduled for this morning due to inclement weather. Should the game get played, results will be in Tuesday’s edition.
On Saturday, the Dirtbags (12-14) would take an early lead as leadoff man Caleb Goines singled to start, went to second on Junior Acosta’s sacrifice bunt and scored on Easton Dinwiddie’s single to center for the 1-0 lead.
Sport Shop added a run in the second as Reece Rowland singled with one out and went to third on Goines’ double. Rowland made it a 2-0 advantage scoring on an error. Benton took a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the third as Austin Hillis and Cole Babcock both hit RBI singles.
But, Little Rock wouldn’t give up. Four straight singles to lead off the fourth led to a run and the Diamondbacks got within
4-2 when a runner scored on a double play turned by Goines at shortstop.
An RBI double by Reed Gautreaux plated Dinwidde, who singled, for the 5-2 lead, but Little Rock picked up an unearned run in the fifth to make it 5-3. The Diamondbacks made it a 5-4 game with an RBI ground out in the sixth, but Gautreaux came through again in the bottom of the inning following Dinwiddie’s double with an RBI double of his own for the 6-4 game, and Gautreaux later scored on a passed ball to set the final.
Benton reliever Dawson Goines gave up two singles, but struck out the side in the top of the seventh to close things out for the save. Goines ended up striking out three in 1.1 scoreless innings for the save, while Jackson Regan started and gave up four runs (three earned) on 11 hits and two walks, striking out one in 5.2 innings for the win.
The Dirtbags outhit Little Rock 16-13 as Gautreaux went 3 for 3 with two runs and two RBIS, Dinwiddie 3 for 4 with two runs and an RBI, and Caleb Goines 3 for 4 with a run. Dawson Goines and Babcock both had two hits apiece, while Regan, Hillis and Rowland added one each.
Benton Sport Shop Dirtbags runner Caleb Goines heads to first base in a game earlier this season. The Dirtbags defeated Little Rock 7-4 on Saturday to stay alive in the Junior American Legion State Tournament in Conway.