Dirt­bags hold on vs. Lit­tle Rock

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

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.

GREG Davis/spe­cial to The Sa­line Courier

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.

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