In a back-and-forth battle with Pine Bluff Simmons Saturday night, McClendon’s Appliance fought hard but eventually lost 9-8 despite taking the game to the wire.
McClendon’s had lost 16-1 to Hope Friday in the Zone 4 Legion Tournament and came home after Saturday’s 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.
Against Pine Bluff, Coy Fitzhugh started on the mound for McClendon’s, pitching five innings and allowing four runs on four hits with 11 strikeouts and four walks.
Both teams were held scoreless for the first two innings, and Pine Bluff was able to put two runs on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third.
McClendon’s then scored two in the top of the fourth, but Pine Bluff answered with one of its own to make it a 3-2 game going into the fifth, where each team scored one run.
With Pine Bluff ahead 4-3, Gene Dunkin came in relief for Fitzhugh in the sixth inning. Dunkin would go on to pitch three innings, allowing five runs on four hits with four walks and no strikeouts.
McClendon’s took the lead in the top of the sixth, scoring two runs to make it a 5-4 game. However, Pine Bluff scored three in the bottom of the inning to make it 7-5.
Neither team scored in the seventh inning, but both scored two runs apiece in the eighth to make it a 9-7 game going into the ninth with Pine Bluff on top.
McClendon’s was able to score one run in the ninth to make it 9-8, but failed to score another and the game was called after three outs with Pine Bluff squeaking away with a victory and moving along in the tournament.