BAA Rookie League action: Small & Associates, Action Sports Pix earn wins

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Bouncing back from a wild 12-11 loss to Small & Associates on Thursday, May 2, the[more] Action Sports Pix A’s scored in each of the six innings on the way to a 10-6 win over Rich Logistics on Tuesday in the Bryant Athletic Association’s Rookie League (7-8) at Bishop Park.

ASP 10, Rich Logistics 6

Gage Horn, Dakota Bunt, Tristan Shamlin and Braxton Fischer each had three hits for the A’s in their victory. Luke Bickerstaff added two.

Rich Logistics was paced by Reid Catton who had three knocks. Jordan Knox and Reece Rowland had two apiece.

Both teams scored the maximum four runs in the first. The A’s got off to the fast start when C.J. Nagle doubled and Bickerstaff slugged an inside-the-park homer. Horn slugged a solo homer to make it 3-0. Fischer cracked a one-out singled and eventually scored.

In the bottom of the first, Catton’s inside-the-park homer led things off. Knox doubled and Logan Owen singled. Both scored on Rowland’s three-run blast.

The A’s regained the upper hand with two in the top of the second when Bunt and Shamlin singled, advancing to second and third on an errant throw. Lee Eskridge chased them both home with a base hit.

Despite a two-out single by Tucker Everett, Rich was unable to answer in the bottom of the inning. ASP proceeded to tack on with a pair of two-out triples by Bickerstaff and Horn.

In the fourth, singles by Fischer, Bunt and Shamlin extended the lead to 8-4.

RL got things going again in the home half. Catton singled and Knox tripled. He scored on a groundout by Owen to make it 8-6. Rowland followed with a base hit but was stranded.

Landen Kuhn opened the fifth for A’s with a single to center. Though he was forced at second on a grounder to short by Bickerstaff, Horn singled in the run after Bickerstaff had stolen a base.

Action Sports Pix put the finishing touches on the win in the sixth. Fischer singled, Bunt doubled and Shamlin picked up the RBI with an infield hit.

Catton managed a two-out hit in the bottom of the inning before the A’s closed out the win.

Small & Associates 12, Action Sports Pix A’s 11

The seesaw battle was tied 8-8 going into the fifth inning when Small & Associates scored four runs to grab the lead. Arkansas Sports Pix rallied for three in the bottom of the inning and had the potential tying run on base before S&A ended it with a doubleplay off a pop to the pitcher.

Chase Small, Dylan Hunt, Daniel Taylor and Zack Gurrieri led the victors with three hits each. Josh Gurrieri added two.

For the A’s, Bickerstaff, Eskridge and Bunt came up with three hits each. Nagle and Jayden Everett pitched in with two apiece.

Small & Associates grabbed a 4-0 lead in the top of the first on a triple by Small and consecutive doubles by Hunt, Taylor and both Gurrieri brothers.

For ASP, Nagle singled and, with two down, Bickerstaff belted a triple to make it 4-1.

But closed the gap further in the second with a two-run inside-the-park homer. Eskridge, who had beaten out an infield hit, scored ahead of him.

In turn, Small & Associates extended the lead back to 6-3 in the top of the third. The two-out uprising began with a triple by Small. Hunt singled him in and eventually scored on a base hit by Taylor.

The bottom of the third brought a surge into the lead by the A’s. It too came with two down and started with a triple by Horn. Everett singled him in then Bickerstaff slugged an inside-the-park homer to tie the game at 6. And when Fischer, Eskridge and Bunt followed with consecutive singles, ASP had 7-6 lead.

It didn’t last long, however. S&A’s Zack Gurrieri doubled and Bryton Clement singled him home to tie it back up. Barfield’s triple made it 8-7.

The A’s tied it in the bottom of the inning on a triple from Mason Dougherty and a single by Colson Billingsley, sending it to the fifth.

A triple by Small ignited the inning for Small & Associates. Hunt singled him in then scored on a double by Taylor. Josh Gurrieri’s single made it 11-8 then Zack Gurrieri drove in what would prove to be the difference maker with a triple.

ASP’s rally started with singles by Everett and Bickerstaff. They moved to second and third on a groundout to first off Fischer’s bat. Eskridge then came through with a clutch hit and Bunt followed with a two-run double to make it 12-11.

An intentional walk was issued to Shamlin setting up the dramatic finish.

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