Bryant bounces back to oust Seminole, Texas

Trent Rivers gets down a bunt that he beat out for a single to ignite a four-run second against Seminole, Texas on Saturday. (Photo by Rick Nation)

By Rob Patrick

After a gut-wrenching 2-0 loss in their opener on Friday night against Nederland, Texas, the Bryant All-Stars got back on the field on Saturday afternoon.

And behind one-hit pitching from Riley Hall and Zach Cambron, Bryant posted the sixth straight shutout of the tournament in a 12-0 win over the West Texas champion from Seminole.

Bryant advanced to play Madisonville, La., later on Saturday. The loss ended Seminole’s season.[more]

Bryant’s 14-year-olds, coached by Jimmy Parker with assistance from Tony Ethridge and B.J. Wood, include Zach Cambron, Evan Castleberry, Hayden Daniel, Josh Davis, Evan Etheridge, Tyler Green, Riley Hall, Blain Jackson, Tyler Nelson, Cameron Price, Daniel Richards, Trent Rivers, Tryce Schalchlin, Justin Vincent and Marcus Wilson.

Green went 3-for-3 with three runs batted in to lead Bryant on offense. Trent Rivers had two hits and sparked Bryant’s four-run second. Daniel Richards and Evan Castleberry each drove in a pair of runs.

The game was scoreless going into the bottom of the second. Rivers got a bunt down on the first pitch of the inning and beat it out for a hit, taking second on an errant throw to first. An errant pickoff throw allowed him to reach third and he scored the game’s first run from there on a wild pitch as Price was issued a walk.

Riley Hall (Photo by Rick Nation)

Davis reached on an error that allowed Price to advance to third. Castleberry drove in Price with a groundout to second. With two down, Green laced a double to left, plating Davis. Nelson singled to make it 4-0.

Seminole’s lone hit came at the start of the third. Hall had set down six in a row before Jason Reimer singled up the middle.Hall then retired five straight before Seminole’s Nicky Guzman reached on an error. But Franz Reimer bounced to third to end the fourth.

Cambron worked the fifth and struck out the side around a pair of two-out walks to Brandon Neufeld and Chris Tovar.

But by then, Bryant had the 12-0 lead. An eight-run third did the trick. The inning started with a walk to Richards. He stole second and third and, after Rivers walked, he too swiped a base. Richards beat a throw to the plate on a grounder to short by Price, making it 5-0. Davis walked to load the bases and, after a pitching change, Castleberry was hit by a pitch to force in a run.

Hall picked up an RBI with a groundout before Green singled in two. Nelson and Wilson walked then a wild pitch allowed Green to score in advance of Richards’ inning-capping two-run double.

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