EL DORADO — The Bryant 6-year-old All-Stars finished pool play at the Southwest Regional Tournament unbeaten with an 18-2 romp over Camden early in the day on Saturday.
That put them in the single-elimination championship tournament where they ran into Camden again and, by the exact same score, ousted them from the tourney.
With that win, Bryant advanced to the semifinals against Cabot to be played Sunday at 11:45 a.m., with a trip to the championship game on the line.
Bryant’s 6 year olds, coached by Matt Orender with assistance from Patrick Schroeder and Jimmy Pennington, include Luke Bessire, Clay Curtis, Cooper Davis, Josh Day, Peyton Dillon, Gavin Glasgow, Austin Ledbetter, Jagger Littleton, Justin Orender, Brett Pennington, Austin Schroeder, and Blaine Sears.[more]
Bryant scored the maximum of six runs in each of the three innings of both games. In the first contest, Camden got its two runs in the second; in the second game, both runs scored in the third.
In the game to wrap up pool play, Bryant’s six-run uprising began with a double by Schroeder. Pennington singled and, after Ledbetter singled in a run, Glasgow doubled in a pair. Orender singled and Littleton drove home a run with a base hit. Curtis singled to center and Bessire finished off the inning without a batter being retired, singling to bring Littleton in.
Day and Dillon opened the second with base hits. Sears doubled in a run and Davis drove in a pair with a single. Schroeder loaded the bases with an infield hit then Pennington singled in a run and Ledbetter capped things off with a two-run single.
In the third, Glasgow smacked a lead-off double then scored on a base hit by Orender. Curtis singled in a run and, an out later, Day, Dillon, Sears and Schroeder drilled consecutive singles with Davis driving in two. Pennington’s RBI single made it 18-2.
In the tournament re-match, Schroeder got things going in the bottom of the first with a triple. Pennington singled him in then raced home on a three-bagger by Ledbetter.
Glasgow’s home run made it 4-0. Orender revved things up again with a single. He scored on Littleton’s double. Curtis got to second on his hit to center while Camden held Littleton at third but a sacrifice fly from Bessire completed the inning.
Consecutive singles by Day, Dillon, Sears, Davis, Schroeder and Pennington made it 10-0 then Ledbetter doubled in two more.
After Camden got its two in the top of the third, Bryant cranked it up again on offense as Glasgow, Orender, Littleton and Curtis each singled. With one out, Day, Dillon, Sears, Davis and Schroeder followed suit, completing the inning with the score 18-2.
Camden got runners to second and third in the top of the fourth but both were stranded.