In the first-ever all Saline County regional, the Benton 9-year-olds defeated Bryant in the Cal Ripken Southwest Regional with a score of 4-0 in the final.
Bentonâs Peyton Pallette took control of the game early and finished with a complete game one-hit shutout over Bryant, who reached the tournament finals after defeating Little Rock Junior Deputy 6-3.
âThey had their ace going. It was a great game,â Bryant coach Clint Hilson said.
âWe were really impressed with him and just couldnât hit him.
Bryantâs only hit came in the fifth inning with a hit up a middle by Trey McKim.
The 9-year-old Cal Ripken Regional, that was originally played in Hattiesburg, Miss., was rained out July 27. Since the four remaining teams were from Arkansas, the finals were moved to Bentonâs Bernard Holland Park. The Benton 9s, coached by Shane Pigue, were the number one seed going into bracket play after 4-0 in pool play and was chosen to host the final two games.
âWe set a goal to do that, because not many teams have won regionals for Benton,â Pigue said. âTim Bennettâs team has won three-in-a-row but no other Benton team has won a regional before.
âIt is kind of crazy.â
Several Benton and Saline County residents showed off their hunting skills for a television program, which aired all last week.
Randy West, of Benton, was contacted by Freddy King of Cherokee Sports last July and he wanted to know if he could film a duck hunting show.
âHe pretty much wanted to tell the story of how passionate the sport can be,â West said. âHe saw all my Facebook pictures of ducks and he came down and filmed us and interviewed me.â
The show also featured: Chad Taylor, Zach Esry, Brian Moore, Trevor West, Trey West, Tim Wacov, Chris Reynolds and Zach Davis.
The Bryant 14-Year-Old All Stars defeated Kenner, La., last yearâs regional champs, to advance to the quarterfinals of the Southwest Regional Tournament in Lake Jackson, Texas. Bryant faced Harrison, Ark., Monday night and lost 9-2, which means Bryant finishes the tournament in fourth place. The Harrison All-Stars were crowned the Arkansas State Champs earlier this year.
Bryant lost to Harrison in the first game of the series and rallied to defeated Oak Grove 8-4 (winning pitcher Jacob Ward) and Kenner, La. (winning pitcher Devin Dupree.)
With August just around the corner, that means only one thing â football season is a little more than a month away. With the first game scheduled for Sept. 2, it wonât be long now until Friday nights become the busiest night of my week.
While I love football and every pulse pounding hit that comes with it, the pressure of trying to maintain fair and balanced coverage is always a huge obstacle.
The Benton 12-year-olds defeated Blytheville 8-2 Monday night to win the 12-year-old Southwest Regional Championship and earn a trip to the Cal Ripken Major/60 World Series on August 12-19 in Visalia, Calif.
It is the third consecutive regional championship for Benton, which also won the Southwest title as 10 and 11-year-olds. Benton, who hosted the tournament for the first time, allowed just five runs over its four-game run through the tournament at Bernard Holland Park.
Blytheville came through the loserâs bracket to make the championship game.
Siloam Springsâ leadoff batter worked his way around the diamond to score the gameâs first run after an error allowed Daniel Kent to reach third. No other Siloam batter would reach as far as second base.
Bentonâs Kaleb Moody painted the outer half of the plate for four innings, including nine ground ball outs, to take the win 11-1.
Buddy Riggan and Jacob Cooper each hit solo home runs in the second to give Benton the lead. Seven more hits and three Siloam errors later led to nine more Benton runs.
This weekend, eight teams from both Texas and Arkansas will compete in the 12-year-old Cal Ripken Regional Tournament held at Bernard Holland Park in Benton.
Both the Bryant 12 year olds and Benton 12s will be participating in the tournament with Bryant scheduled to play at 2:30 p.m. Friday against Littlefield, Texas, and Benton to play Blytheville at 8 p.m.
Teams that qualified for the tournament are either state champions, such as Benton, which won the South Arkansas State Championship, or are runners-up or were invited to the tournament.
BRYANT â The Bryant Black Sox gave their pitcher all the room he needed and then some Monday night when they opened the bottom of the first with a 8-run inning thanks to a two-run home run and seven other hits to take a 8-1 lead over Pine Bluff Simmons in the loserâs bracket of the Zone 4 Senior Legion Tournament at Bryant High School.
Bryant would eventually defeat Pine Bluff 16-8 to secure a spot in the state tournament, which will be held in Jonesboro next week.
In a back-and-forth battle with Pine Bluff Simmons Saturday night, McClendonâs Appliance fought hard but eventually lost 9-8 despite taking the game to the wire.
McClendonâs had lost 16-1 to Hope Friday in the Zone 4 Legion Tournament and came home after Saturdayâs loss to Pine Bluff, which remains in the tournament along with Bryant and Texarkana.
Bryant and Pine Bluff square off at 5 p.m. today after Bryant lost to Texarkana 10-8 Sunday and Pine Bluff beat Hope 16-15 Sunday. The winner will face Texarkana at 8 p.m. today.