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Black Sox take down McClendon's

July 18, 2013

BRYANT – The Benton McClendon’s Appliances and Bryant Black Sox finished up their respective regular seasons on Tuesday night at Hornets Field in Bryant, with the Sox coming away with an 8-1 victory. Bryant starter Tryce Schalchlin and reliever Ozzie Hurt combined on a one-hitter against the McClendon’s.
“It’s been like that all year,” Bryant Coach Darren Hurt said. “Our pitching has just been solid. No matter who we throw up there, we’re six deep. They all give us quality innings and it wasn’t any different [Tuesday] night.”

Finals-bound

July 17, 2013

HOT SPRINGS – After suffering their lone loss on the season and scoring just four runs in two games on Sunday, the Bryant Everett Black Sox made up for their lack of scoring with a 19-0 win over host Lakeside – advancing them to the State Tournament in Cabot – and an 11-2 win over the team which gave Everett its only loss, the Little Rock Cobras, in the Zone 4 Tournament at Lakeside High School.

McClendon's split DH vs. Vipers

July 12, 2013

LITTLE ROCK – There was quite a drastic difference in the Benton McClendon’s Appliances’ games against the Little Rock Vipers on Wednesday night at Gary Hogan Field in Little Rock. The McClendon’s split a doubleheader, falling 12-0 to the Vipers in Game 1, but rebounding and taking the second game 3-1 behind an excellent pitching performance from Wesley Ramsey.

Benton holds on for victory

July 10, 2013

BENTON – Benton McClendon Appliances rallied late and held on to win 11-9 against Jacksonville Gwatney Chevrolet on Bill Perry Field at Bernard Holland Park on Saturday.
“We just fought through,” Benton Coach Brandon Wake said. “We just talked to them and told them we have seen this pitcher twice now and it’s time to go to work. I’d like to improve on getting ahead in the count. We’re going to work on [it].”

Lee to St. Louis may not be so far-fetched

July 9, 2013

It is not that big of a surprise that the St. Louis Cardinals are near the top for best record in baseball at the halfway point. A force to be reckoned with over the past decade, the Cardinals have been in and out of the playoffs and on both the positive and negative side of the World Series trophy.

McClendon's fall at ATU

July 6, 2013

RUSSELLVILLE – The Benton McClendon’s Appliances hit into four double plays in a 3-0 loss to Russellville Post 20 at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville on Wednesday. The loss sets the McClendon’s down to 7-12 on the year.
Russellville scored just one run in the first inning despite three walks and two hits issued by starter Trey Bishop. Post 20 would score just two unearned runs in the bottom of the third to take a 3-0 lead which would hold up for the rest of the game.

Sport Shop falls to Cabot

July 5, 2013

BENTON – Benton Sport Shop couldn’t overcome a slow start while allowing 15 hits in a 12-4 loss to the Sylvan Hills Bruins on Bill Perry Field at Bernard Holland Park in Benton on Tuesday.
“Sylvan Hills is a great team,” Benton Coach Steven Tew said. “They hit the ball very well against us. The good thing is none of us gave up. We rallied back there in the end and that was promising. We got a couple of guys banged up… we’ll be ready by district tournament.”

New Ink: Panther earns big opportunity

July 3, 2013

BENTON – Former Benton Panther first baseman Trey Bishop signed a letter of intent to play for the Arkansas Tech (Russellville) Wonder Boys on Monday afternoon at Benton Arena. Bishop was an All-Conference selection for the 22-5 Panthers, which fell in the semifinals of the 6A State Tournament.

Catchers, managers and Gold Gloves

June 25, 2013

Thirteen of the 30 Major League Baseball managers have been catchers in their minor or major league playing careers. Yes, 43 percent of today’s managers are former catchers, with six managers being former outfielders, and five managers who were shortstops in their playing days. I’ve always had an idea of the reasoning of why so many catchers become managers, but former Arkansas Razorback and St. Louis Cardinal three-time winning Gold Glove catcher Tom Pagnozzi simplified it for me.
“Because they’re the smartest baseball players, that’s why,” Pagnozzi joked.

Bishop buries Hoppers

June 19, 2013

MOUNTAIN HOME – A one-out single in the first inning was the only hit Trey Bishop would give up for the game in a 9-0 Benton McClendon’s Appliances win over host Mountain Home Hoppers in the Twin Lakes Classic on Friday in Mountain Home. The win pitted Benton (first in its pool) against Jonesboro on Saturday at 4:30 in a single elimination format.

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