Bryant 10s breeze to win in State opener

LONOKE — The Bryant All-Stars opened the 2012 Cal Ripken 10-and-under State Tournament Friday[more] with a 14-1 romp over the Woodlawn All-Stars in four innings. Josh Prather, the Bryant starting pitcher, held Woodlawn to one run on two hits. A nine-run second blew open a 3-1 game.

The Bryant Blue League 10’s, managed by Brian Hall with assistance from Jason Lester and Chuck Foster, are Chantz Clendening, Austin Cook, Matthew Curtis, Jayden Foster, Jonathan Hall, Dawson Harris, Tyler Jordan, Braydan Lester, Trey McKim, Joshua Prather, Braxton St. Clair, Austin Trimble.

The team was set to take on the Carlisle All-Stars Saturday at 12:45 p.m.

Woodlawn took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first but Bryant grabbed a 3-1 lead in the bottom half when Lester drew a walk and Hall singled. Both stole a base then McKim walked a wild pitch brought the first run home. Prather provided a clutch hit, singling in two.

Bryant’s big second began with Trimble getting hit by a pitch with one out. Lester walked then Foster cracked an RBI double. Hall singled in a run and McKim walked to load the bases for Prather who came through again, slashing a single to plate two more runs.

Jordan drew a walk and, after a double steal, Curtis knocked in a pair. Despite a pitching change the onslaught continued as Harris singled in a run and Trimble drilled an RBI double to make it 12-1.

Prather and the Bryant defense had worked around a two-out single and a walk in the second then retired Woodlawn 1-2-3 in the third.

Clendening started the Bryant third with a single and, after McKim walked, Prather whacked his third hit, a single, to load the bases for Jordan whose pop was called an out on the infield fly rule. But when the ball fell, though he was out, Clendening was able to scamper home.

McKim followed moments later when Cook grounded out to second.

Woodlawn managed to use a pair of walks and a stolen base to get runners at first and third with two out in the top of the fourth but both were stranded when the final out came on a grounder to Foster at second.

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