EL DORADO — The Bryant 6-year-old All-Stars picked up where they left off after capturing the State tournament championship, winning their first two games in pool play at the Regional tournament here on Friday.
Bryant pounded Lonoke 17-1 then out-gunned Little Rock Junior Deputy 11-6. They were set to continue team play on Saturday at 10 a.m. against Camden.
The Bryant 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 11, LR Junior Deputy 6
Junior Deputy jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning and it held until Bryant put together a five-run outburst in the third.
After Junior Deputy tied it with a run in the bottom of the third, Bryant scored three in the fourth and three more in the fifth to forge the victory.
Bessire singled to start the Bryant comeback. Day ripped a double and, an out later, so did Schroeder. Pennington, Ledbetter and Glasgow followed with base hits and another run scored when Orender grounded into a force at second.
Bryant’s three-run fourth was instigated by Curtis’ single. Dillon cracked a double and, an out later, Bessire smacked a two-bagger to make it 7-5. Day’s singled brought Bessire home.
The fifth-inning uprising started with a single by Pennington. Ledbetter and Glasgow followed with doubles and, with one out, Littleton capped the scoring with a base hit.
Bryant 17, Lonoke 1
Bryant scored its 17 runs in just three innings, maxing out in the first and third while holding Lonoke without a run until the fourth.
The six-run first started with a double by Schroeder. Pennington singled and Ledbetter picked up an RBI with a groundout. Glasgow singled and Orender knocked in a run with a tap back to the mound. Littleton singled to get things revved up again then Curtis belted a double and Dillon cleared the bases with a triple. Sears singled in Dillon to complete the inning.
In the second, Bessire’s double was the spark for the five-run burst. Day singled then Davis doubled both home. Schroeder reached on an error and Pennington launched a bases-clearing three-bagger, scoring moments later on a hit by Ledbetter.
Dillon’s double started the third. An out later, Bessire doubled him home. Another double by Day chased home a run before Davis made it four doubles in the inning, driving in a run. Schroeder singled as did Pennington. Ledbetter cracked the fifth double of the inning to make it 16-0 before Glasgow capped things off with a triple.