Siloam Springs’ leadoff batter worked his way around the diamond to score the game’s first run after an error allowed Daniel Kent to reach third. No other Siloam batter would reach as far as second base.
Benton’s 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.
The Benton 12s are the Winner’s Bracket Champion and will play the Loser’s Bracket Champion tonight at 7:30 p.m. Should Benton win that game, they will advance to the Cal Ripken 46/60 World Series in Visalia, Calif.
Should Benton lose, the winner of the second game between the two Bracket Champions will determine who advances to the World Series.
Siloam Springs will play Blytheville tonight at 5 p.m.
Benton 5 Crossett 1
Cooper once again dashed Crossett’s hopes, by driving in four of the game’s five runs as the Benton 12-year-olds defeated Crossett 5-1.
Crossett starter Nick Courson cruised through three innings and was handed a tenuous one run lead in the top of the third when Carson Gilbert scampered home on a wild pitch.
Benton’s pitchers were otherwise dominant through the first three frames, recording eight of the nine outs by strikeouts. In the bottom of the fourth, Jacob Cooper deposited a 2-0 pitch over the center field wall to tie the game at 1.
Crossett failed to score in the top of the fifth.
Drew Chilton reached on an error by the third baseman, then Timmy Bennett and Buddy Riggan were hit by pitches to load the bases for Cooper. Cooper crushed an 0-2 pitch down the right field line for a bases clearing double.
Cooper later scored on a single by Ty Callahan.
Hamburg 8 Bryant 7
The Bryant 12-year-olds were eliminated by Hamburg with a score of 8-7 on Saturday at Bernard Holland Park.
Bryant took an early lead on the strength of patience at the plate, aggressive base running and timely hitting, going up 4-0 in the bottom of the third.
Hamburg scratched away at the lead thanks to a two run homer by Ledarian Franklin. Hamburg added another run in the top of the fourth only to see Bryant roar back with three more runs in the bottom half to extended their lead to 7-4.
In the top of the fifth, Hamburg answered with two runs of their own, including a solo home run by Kyle Naff over the left center field fence.
In the top of the sixth, Hamburg trailed by one run but had a runner on first with two outs. Naff slugged his second home run of the game, driving in the game’s go-ahead runs.
Zach Heard closed out the game with two strikeouts and a caught stealing.