Bryant 15’s ease to Series opening win over Pine Bluff Seabrook

Third baseman Daniel Richards fired a throw to first during Bryant's 14-1 win over Pine Bluff Seabrook Friday at the Babe Ruth World Series in Monticello. (Photo courtesy of Ron Boyd)MONTICELLO — Riley Hall and Zach Cambron combined on a five-hitter and the Bryant All-Stars piled up 14 runs on 15 hits to cruise to a 14-1 win over Pine Bluff Seabrook in pool play at the 15-year-old Babe Ruth World Series at Burlington Field on Friday night.

Tyler Green, who was on base five times, scored three runs, had two hits, an RBI and a stolen base was the named the Player of the Game. Hayden Daniel, Marcus Wilson, Evan Castleberry and Daniel Richards each had a pair of hits as well.

Bryant, the South Arkansas State champion, is set to continue pool play Saturday at 6 p.m., against White Hall, the South Arkansas runner-up and champion of the Southwest Regional.

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, much the same that won a World Series title at 13-year-olds, is managed by Jimmy Parker with assistance from Tony Ethridge.[more]

Bryant catcher Blaine Jackson whips a throw to third. (Photo courtesy of Ron Boyd)

Play in the Series began Thursday when Greenville, N.C. defeated White Hall, 6-4; North Syracuse, N.Y. downed Pine Bluff Seabrook, 11-0; and Monticello edged Hamburg, 2-1.

Other games on Friday included Saginaw Valley, Mich., defeating Stamford, Conn., 5-4; Greenville, N.C., edging Kelso, Wash., 5-3; Waite Park, Minn., topping Hamburg, 2-1; and Monticello holding off Torrance, Calif., 7-6.

On Saturday, Hamburg will take on Stamford, Conn., at 10 a.m.; Kelso, Wash., plays North Syracuse, N.Y., at 12:30 p.m.; Waite Park, Minn., tries Torrance, Calif., at 3 p.m.; and, after Bryant and White Hall at 6, Pine Bluff Seabrook takes on Greenville, N.C., at 8 p.m.

Pool play continues through Tuesday, Aug. 24, with the single-elimination championship tournament commencing on Wednesday.

Manager Jimmy Parker sends Zach Cambron home. (Photo courtesy of Ron Boyd)

In Friday’s win, Bryant jumped on Pine Bluff for four runs in the top of the first. A one-out walk to Nelson got the uprising started. Wilson singled to center then both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Nelson scored on a bounder to third by Gogus to break the ice. Green then drew a walk. Wilson and Green then worked a double steal to get the second run home. Schalchlin followed with an RBI single to make it 3-0. He stole second and took third on an errant throw. Jackson’s single brought him home with the fourth tally.

After Hall worked around a one-out single, striking out a pair in the bottom of the inning, Daniel pulled a double down the left-field line to start the second. He would score when Wilson reached on an error.

Evan Ethridge drills his fifth-inning triple. (Photo courtesy of Ron Boyd)

In the bottom of the inning, Hall hit a batter with one out but, after catching a pop up for the second out, he picked the runner off first to end the inning.

It stayed 5-0 going into the bottom of the fourth. Hall had pitched around a pair of two-out walks in the third. In the fourth, however, a free pass came back to haunt him. Though he struck out the batters before and after the walk, a double put runners at second and third. An infield single got the run home but Hall forced Seabrook to strand runners at the corners when he got the next hitter to pop to Gogus at first.

Bryant responded with a two-run fifth to regain the momentum. Gogus walked but was forced at second on a grounder to short by Green. Richards raked a double to left then a passed ball allowed Green to score. With two down, Ethridge came through with a triple to make it 7-1.

When Pine Bluff put a pair of runners on base in the bottom of the fifth, Cambron came on to relieve Hall with two down. He issued a walk but then induced a bouncer to second for a force to end the inning.

Zach Tumlison of Monticello is serving as the Bryant bat boy. (Photo courtesy of Ron Boyd)

Daniel opened the sixth with a drive into the left-field corner for a triple. Castleberry stroked a single to left to chase him home. Wilson beat out a bunt for a hit but was forced at second on a grounder to short by Gogus. But Green ripped a single to left to make it 9-1.

Cambron hit a batter in the bottom of the inning but, with one out, a grounder produced a force at second then Cambron picked off the runner at first who was caught in a rundown and tagged out to end the inning.

Bryant put the finishing touches on the rout in the top of the seventh. Cambron drew a lead-off walk and Daniel bunted him to second. Castleberry followed with his second RBI single. Wilson reached on an error then Gogus singled in a run. Though Green bounced into a force at second, he stole second ahead of Richard’s second RBI double. Davis then put the finishing touches on the onslaught with an RBI single.

Pine Bluff got its first two on base in the bottom of the seventh and a wild pitch put them both in scoring position. But, with one out, Cambron picked off the runner at second to take some of the starch out of the inning. He issued a walk to put runners at first and third but ended it there with a strikeout.Riley Hall delivers a pitch. (Photo courtesy of Ron Boyd)

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