Black Sox split doubleheader

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.

Bryant’s Hunter Mayall had two of the Black Sox’ 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.

It looked promising for the Black Sox (21-4) in the first inning after Bryant starting pitcher Tyler Nelson set Texarkana down in order in the top of the first, and Mayall doubled in the bottom of the inning on Buchanan’s first pitch. Mayall went to third on Tyler Brown’s bunt single with no outs, but Jordan Taylor and Landon Pickett each struck out before Nelson grounded to short to end the inning.

The Black Sox would threaten again in the bottom of the third putting runners at second and third with two outs, but Pickett grounded out to end the inning. Bryant would not threaten again.

Texarkana put four runs on the board in the top of the fourth when Brennan Watkins hit a grand slam to left field for a 4-0 lead, and then put four more on the board in the seventh to set the final score.

Texarkana doubled Bryant’s hit total with 10 and Mayall went 2 for 3 to lead the Black Sox. Ozzie Hurt went 1 for 2 and Brown and Taylor each went 1 for 3.

It was a different story offensively for the Black Sox. Bryant took its frustration out on Texarkana scoring 13 runs in the first two innings including 10 in the second inning.

Playing as the visiting team in the second game, Mayall walked to start the top of the first. Brown and Taylor singled to load the bases, and after Pickett flew out, Josh Pultro hit a two-run single to left field for a 2-0 lead. Hayden Daniel singled to load the bases again and Marcus Wilson hit an RBI ground out for the three-run lead.

The Black Sox used six hits, four walks and two hit by pitches to explode for 10 runs in the bottom of the second to take a 13-0 lead.

Texarkana would score three runs in the third and three in the fifth to make it a 13-6 game before Pickett hit his team-leading seventh home run of the season to left field for a 14-6 game. Pickett also leads the Black Sox with 31 RBIs.

Bryant outhit Texarkana 14 to 8 and Brown, Taylor, Pickett, Daniel, and Hurt each had two hits with Pickett, Daniel and Hurt adding two RBIs. Pultro went 1 or 3 with three RBIs and Mayall went 1 for 2 with three walks.

The Black Sox hit the road to play two against Pine Bluff tonight.