Bryant 8’s notch wins in first two tourney games

SHERWOOD — With an 11-1 win over the Sylvan Hills Hawgs and an 18-2 over the Lakewood Chargers, the Bryant 8-year-old All-Stars advanced[more] through the first two rounds of a Fathers’ Day weekend tournament at Sherwood Saturday.

Team members include Luke Bessire, Dakota Clay, Cooper Davis, Noah Davis, Peyton Dillon, Will Hathcote, Jagger Littleton, Justin Orender, Brett Pennington, Austin Schroeder, Lawson Speer, Josh Turner and Garret Wilson. Matt Orender coaches the 8-year-olds with assistance from Patrick Schroeder and Paul Speer.

The Bryant team started the tournament with a big inning, scoring the maximum of six runs in the bottom of the first. Clay opened with a single. After he stole second, Wilson doubled him home. An out later, Dillon singled in Wilson. Bessire cracked a base hit and, with two out, Hathcote belted a double.

Singles by Turner and Pennington followed then Orender capped the uprising with a double.

Sylvan Hills pushed across a run on three hits in the top of the second but Bryant got that run back in the bottom of the frame when Schroeder doubled, stole thirdand scored on a sacrifice fly by Littleton.

Neither team scored in the third but Bryant completed the victory in the fourth when Turner singled, Pennington and Orender doubled and Schroder belted an inside-the-park home run.

In the win over Lakewood, Bryant maxed out in all three innings while allowing only two runs in the second.

Wilson and Davis got the first inning going with singles. Dillon and Bessire followed up with back-to-back doubles. With two out, consecutive singles by Hathcote, Turner, Pennington and Orender made it 6-0.

The second-inning six spot featured a triple by Littleton to drive in Schroeder who opened the inning with a single. Clay doubled in Littleton and Wilson singled before the first out was recorded. Dillon singled but was forced out at second on a grounder by Bessire. Speer singled, however, and when Hathcote hammered a double, it was 12-0.

Turner started the third the way Hathcote finished the second, smacking a double. Pennington traded places with his teammate with another two-bagger. Orender singled and stole second then, with one out, Littleton lashed a double.

With two down, Wilson and Davis singled. Doubles by Dillon and Bessire made it 18-0.

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