Bryant 10’s roll to victory in State tourney opener

JACKSONVILLE — The Bryant 10-year-old All-Stars open State Tournament play Friday[more] by five runs in each of the first three innings on the way to an 18-1 win over Dumas All-Stars.

They were set to take on Little Rock Junior Deputy this morning at 11.

Bryant’s 10-year-old team, coached by Greg Riggs, is Aiden Adams, Kannon Allison, Tyler Bates, Clay Curtis, River Gregory, Will Hathcote, Cameron McDonald, Trey Miller, Justin Orender, Ryan Riggs, Austin Schroeder, Blaine Sears, Brandon Thomisee and Josh Turner.

Dumas managed its lone run in the bottom second. By then, Bryant led 10-0. The initial five-run blitz started with Sears getting plunked by the fourth pitch of the game. McDonald rattled the fence in right-center for a double then Orender singled in both.

A passed ball had Orender at second when Turner slapped a single to right. He stole second then Riggs placed a squeeze bunt that made it 3-0. Turner scored on a passed ball then Schroeder beat out an infield hit. Hathcote walked and an error put runners at second and third for Adams who singled to make it 5-0.

In the second, Orender reached second on an error and scored on a drive to left-center by Turner. Riggs walked and a wild pitch allowed Turner to score. With one out, Hathcote, Adams and Curtis drew walks. And with two down, McDonald came through again with another double, chasing home two runs.

Hathcote was the starting pitcher and struck out four in two innings but a couple of walks on either side of a single loaded the bases with two down in the second. A wild pitch allowed the lone run to score but Bryant got out of the inning on a grounder to Turner at third.

Turner would take over on the mound in the bottom of the third and retire all six batters he faced.

In the meantime, the Bryant bats continued to produce. In the top of the third, Orender walked and Turner was hit by a pitch. Gregory came in as a courtesy runner for the pitcher then Riggs bounced into a force at second to retire him. With Orender at third, Schroeder grounded to second to pick up the RBI and when the ball was misplayed, he wound up reaching first safely.

Hathcote singled to load the bases and a passed ball allowed Riggs to score. Thomisee picked up an RBI on a grounder to second then Curtis beat out an infield hit to plate Hathcote. Allison capped off the inning with a double to right-center that allowed Curtis to sprint home all the way from first to make it 15-1. Bates was hit by a pitch but a strikeout ended the uprising.

In the top of the fifth, Turner’s drive to right was misplayed for a two-base error. He reached third on a passed ball and scored on Riggs’ groundout. Schroeder doubled to get things going again and he scored when Miller reached on a two-base error. With two down, Curtis chased in the final run with a drive down the line in right that he legged out for a triple.

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