Bryant 15’s advance to Classic finals at Cabot

CABOT — The Bryant 15-year-old Babe Ruth All-Stars advanced to the championship of the Panther Summer Classic with a pair of victories on Saturday. After opening with an 8-0 win over Camden, they came back that evening with a 14-1 triumph over the Cabot 15’s.

They’ll play for the championship Sunday at 12:30 p.m., as they complete their tune-up for District Tournament at White Hall which commences Friday, July 2.

The Bryant 15’s include Zach Cambron, Evan Castleberry, Hayden Daniel, Josh Davis, Evan Ethridge, Cody Gogus, Tyler Green, Riley Hall, Blain Jackson, Tyler Nelson, Cameron Price, Daniel Richards, Tryce Schalchlin, Devon Sears and Marcus Wilson. The team will be managed by Jimmy Parker.[more]

The Classic games features round-robin batting so every player gets to swing the bat in each game.

In the first game, Cambron, Wilson and Gogus combined on a one-hit shutout. Cambron allowed two walks and pitched around an error, faning two in his two innings of work. Wilson fanned two and walked one while pitching in the third. Though Gogus was touched for the lone hit, a lead-off single in the fourth, he picked the running off and finished the game with a strikeout.

Offensively, nine of the Bryant Stars had hits including Daniel with two. He led off the game with a single up the middle and stole second. Nelson and Wilson drew walks to load the bases for Green who cracked a double down the left-field line to make it 2-0.

Despite a single by Price, they didn’t add the margin in the second. In the third, however, Sears drew a lead-off walk and Daniel got a bunt down and legged it out for a hit. Nelson plugged the gap in left-center and Sears scored easily with Daniel close behind, coming around from first to make it 4-0.

In the top of the fourth, Schalchlin singled to center and scored on a double by Jackson. Ethridge drilled a single to center and Cambron’s base hit chased home Jackson to make it 6-0.

After Ethridge advanced to third on a wild pitch, he scored on a groundout to first by Price then Hall singled in Cambron to complete the scoring.

Against Cabot, Hall and Schalchlin combined on a one-hitter over three innings. Hall issued a lead-off walk but Bryant turned a doubleplay. He then struck out the next four batters. The lone hit came after Schalchlin recorded an out in the third. A walk, a passed ball and a balk allowed the run to score but a strikeout and a groundout ended the game.

Bryant took a 2-0 lead in the first. Daniel walked and swiped second, advanced on Nelson’s grounder to first and scored on Wilson’s single up the middle.

In turn, Wilson stole second and scored on a base hit by Green.

In the second, Jackson drew a lead-off walk and advanced to second on a passed ball. Price drilled a double to right-center to bring him around to score. Hall sacrificed Price to third and Ethridge got him home with a double to right. Davis sacrificed and Ethridge scored on a wild pitch to make it 5-0.

A nine-run third made the game a rout. Sears singled to open the frame, stole second and took third on a passed ball. Cambron walked and Daniel doubled in a run. Nelson’s walk loaded the bags for Wilson who stroked a single to right-center to drive in two. Green then cleared the bases with a shot to dead center for a triple. He scored on a single by Gogus to make it, 11-0.

Schalchlin drew a walk then a passed ball put runners at second and third. An error allowed Gogus to score and, with one out, Price’s groundout brought in Schalchlin.

Hall reached on a third-strike wild pitch to keep the inning alive, took second on a passed ball and scored the final run on a base hit by Ethridge, who along with Wilson and Green, had two hits in the contest.

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