BRYANT â€“ The Benton McClendonâ€™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 McClendonâ€™s.
â€śItâ€™s been like that all year,â€ť Bryant Coach Darren Hurt said. â€śOur pitching has just been solid. No matter who we throw up there, weâ€™re six deep. They all give us quality innings and it wasnâ€™t any different [Tuesday] night.â€ť
HOT SPRINGS â€“ 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 â€“ advancing them to the State Tournament in Cabot â€“ 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.
LITTLE ROCK â€“ There was quite a drastic difference in the Benton McClendonâ€™s Appliancesâ€™ games against the Little Rock Vipers on Wednesday night at Gary Hogan Field in Little Rock. The McClendonâ€™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 â€“ 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.
â€śWe just fought through,â€ť Benton Coach Brandon Wake said. â€śWe just talked to them and told them we have seen this pitcher twice now and itâ€™s time to go to work. Iâ€™d like to improve on getting ahead in the count. Weâ€™re going to work on [it].â€ť
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.
RUSSELLVILLE â€“ The Benton McClendonâ€™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 McClendonâ€™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.
BENTON â€“ Benton Sport Shop couldnâ€™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.
â€śSylvan Hills is a great team,â€ť Benton Coach Steven Tew said. â€śThey 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 upâ€¦ weâ€™ll be ready by district tournament.â€ť
BENTON â€“ 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.
Thirteen of the 30 Major League Baseball managers have been catchers in their minor or major league playing careers. Yes, 43 percent of todayâ€™s managers are former catchers, with six managers being former outfielders, and five managers who were shortstops in their playing days. Iâ€™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.
â€śBecause theyâ€™re the smartest baseball players, thatâ€™s why,â€ť Pagnozzi joked.
MOUNTAIN HOME â€“ 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 McClendonâ€™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.