The Bryant Black Sox hosted Texarkana for a doubleheader on Wednesday night and split the two games. In the first game, the Black Sox were shut out for the first time this season losing 8-0, but won the second game 14-7.
Bryantâ€™s Hunter Mayall had two of the Black Soxâ€™ five hits in game one as Texarkana pitcher Tim Buchanan was lights out all game. Buchanan gave up the five hits in the complete-game win, allowing no runs and no walks while striking out four.
Now that the All Star break is here, the Road to October has officially begun. While there are no teams in Major League Baseball running away with their respective divisions, it is quite difficult to say who will and will not make the postseason come early October. Of course, just like every year, there are two or three teams near the top of the division that are surprising the nation. Take the Pittsburgh Pirates for instance. Last season at the break, the Pirates were leading the National League Central but finished 24 games out of first when it was all said and done.
If there is a bigger name in the UFC than Anderson â€śThe Spiderâ€ť Silva, I, nor has the rest of the world ever heard of him. Quite frankly, Silva may be the biggest star to ever step into the octagon. He is the champion of champions; the fighter of all fighters. He is the UFC. By many standards, he has already surpassed any other fighter in the sportâ€™s history with his title defenses and his pure skill. Tabbed as the best â€śpound-for-pound fighterâ€ť in the world, Silva has yet to disappoint.
BRYANT â€“ Former Bryant Lady Hornetsâ€™ starting shortstop Cassidy Wilson is going from one championship team to another. Wilson, who was a starter on the Lady Hornetsâ€™ three consecutive 7A State Championships including this past yearâ€™s 34-0 season, signed to play softball with the University of Arkansas of Monticello Cotton Blossoms. Monticello is part of the Division II Great American Conference and the Cotton Blossoms won the GAC championship this past season.
BRYANT â€“ Former Bryant Hornet Josh Pultro signed to play baseball for NCAA Division II member University of Arkansas Fort Smith. Signed as a first baseman/outfielder, Bryant Coach Kirk Bock was confident the Lions will be happy with their choice.
â€śTheyâ€™re going to get a good one,â€ť Bock said. â€śHeâ€™s going to be able to hit at that level. Heâ€™s a very good outfielder. This year, he had to move to first base, picked it up real easy and did a tremendous job for us. Theyâ€™re going to have a utility player there.â€ť
BRYANT â€“ With record-breaking heat in central Arkansas and a 101-degree game-time temperature, which actually felt like 104, the Bryant Sport Shop Black Sox hosted Little Rock Blue on Thursday and came away with a 6-2 victory at Bryant High School.
BENTON â€“ It didnâ€™t look very promising for the Benton McClendonâ€™s after the first inning of their game against Little Rock Blue on Tuesday night, but the McClendonâ€™s came away with a 7-5 win at Bill Perry Field in Bernard Holland Park after their slow start.
HASKELL â€“ For Saline County, a student athlete signing to play their respective sport at the college level is nothing new. With Benton and Bryant growing at steady paces, both are right at the top of the rankings in many different sports each year.
BENTON â€“ Graduating from Benton High School in 2001, Jeau Kung now works on the other side of the world. Kung is a Muay Thai fighter and trainer at the historic Fairtex Muay Thai Fitness Camps and he is currently training at the camp in Pattaya, Thailand. Kung was in Benton recently and spoke with the Courier about his life in another country.
â€śItâ€™s really fun going over there fighting and training,â€ť Kung said. â€śJust being at the Fairtex camp, and on top of that, youâ€™re going to the mecca of standup.â€ť
OMAHA, Neb. â€“ After defeating Longmont, Colo., in their first game in the Battle of Omaha Under-19 American Legion baseball tournament in Omaha, Neb., the Bryant Black Sox won four more games in the tournament before suffering their first loss of the season 4-3 to Pinnacle, Papillion, Neb. After the Longmont win, Bryant won 9-1 over Lincoln Pius, 5-2 over Branson, Mo., 6-2 over Montana, and 5-2 over Hays, Kan.