BAY CITY, Texas — Bryant’s 14-year-old All-Stars may not have advanced to the Babe Ruth League’s Southwest Regional in the conventional way but, given the opportunity, as manager Jason Thompson said, they are going to do their best to represent the state of Arkansas and the Bryant program.
And, judging from the team’s opening game at the event, that’ll do just fine.
The Bryant Stars, behind a fine pitching performance from Wesley Akers, grabbed an early lead and dismissed the East Texas champion from the tradition-rich program at Nederland, 6-1, to open the Regional on Friday.
Bryant accepted the Regional bid when Clark County, which won the South Arkansas State championship over Bryant, was unable to go. Now, the Bryant Stars are on their way to a second-round match-up in the winners bracket against Twin Rivers, the Louisiana state champion, on Sunday at 11 a.m. The winner will advance to the winners bracket final.
The Bryant 14’s include Wesley Akers, Harrison Dale, Justin Emmerling, Zach Graddy, Ashton Green, Tristan Matthews, Austin Miller, Christopher Phillips, Nate Rutherford, Korey Thompson, Chris Troillett, Chase Tucker and Blake Yates. Jason Thompson manages the team with assistance from Mark Akers.