Ju­nior Sox get Ben­ton for ti­tle

Bryant blanks Texarkana

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

CON­WAY – The Bryant Ju­nior Black Sox will be go­ing into tonight’s cham­pi­onship round of the Ju­nior Amer­i­can Le­gion State Tour­na­ment un­de­feated in the tour­ney af­ter Tues­day’s night 8-0 shutout over Texarkana at Bear Sta­dium in Con­way.

Bryant’s Will Hath­cote pitched six shutout in­nings, scat­ter­ing six hits and walk­ing two, while strik­ing out five for the win. Tyler Bates pitched a per­fect sev­enth in­ning, strik­ing out two.

The Jr. Black Sox will face the Ben­ton Sport Shop Dirt­bags to­day at 5 p.m. in Con­way. Should Bryant win, the Jr. Sox will be­come state cham­pi­ons. The Dirt­bags would have to beat Bryant twice to take the ti­tle.

The Jr. Sox (26-8-1) be­gan their state dom­i­nance with a 10-0 shutout over Moun­tain Home in the first round this past Fri­day be­fore rout­ing both Sheri­dan (won 13-3) and Jack­sonville (8-2) on Satur­day and Mon­day, re­spec­tively, with Sun­day’s games rained out.

On Tues­day, the Jr. Sox put a run across in the bot­tom of the first in­ning as lead­off man Law­son Speer walked, with Ryan Riggs sin­gling and Noah Davis fol­low­ing with a fielder’s choice. JT

Parker came through with an RBI sin­gle to left field for the 1-0 lead.

Bryant brought a run across in the fourth in­ning on Blaine Sears sac­ri­fice fly and put two up in the fifth on Dakota Clay’s 2-run dou­ble to plate Parker, who walked, and Davis, who dou­bled, for the 4-0 ad­van­tage.

A walk by Pey­ton Dil­lon and one-out sin­gles by Speer and Riggs loaded the bases in the sixth. What should have been a sac­ri­fice fly off Davis’ bat would turn into a 3-run er­ror and 7-0 lead be­fore an­other er­ror re­sulted in the fi­nal run.

Both Parker and Clay fin­ished 2 for 3 with a run and two RBIS, while Davis (two runs) and Riggs both went 2 for 4. Sears went 1 for 2 with a run and RBI, while Speear (two runs) and Dil­lon added a hit in the win.

TONY LE­NA­HAN/THE Saline Courier

Bryant short­stop Noah Davis makes a play in a game ear­lier this sea­son. Davis and the Jr. Sox will try to stay un­de­feated in the Ju­nior Amer­i­can Le­gion State Tour­ney when they take on Ben­ton Sport Shop to­day at 5 p.m. in Con­way.

GREG Davis/special to The Saline Courier

Ben­ton Sport Shop pitcher Ben Cody throws a pitch in a game ear­lier this sea­son. Cody picked up the win in an 11-3 vic­tory over Jack­sonville Gwat­ney on Tues­day. Sport Shop will take on the Bryant Jr. Black Sox in the Ju­nior Amer­i­can Le­gion State Tour­na­ment ti­tle game to­day at 5 p.m. in Con­way.

TONY LE­NA­HAN/THE Saline Courier

Bryant’s Dakota Clay takes a swing in a game ear­lier this sea­son. The Jr. Black Sox will face Ben­ton Sport Shop for the Ju­nior Amer­i­can Le­gion State Tour­ney ti­tle at 5 p.m.

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