Bryant notches second easy win at 13-year-old Babe Ruth State tourney

EL DORADO — Jake East, Dylan Hurt and Austin Kelly combined on a one-hitter over five innings, while Logan Allen[more] contributed four hits in the Bryant All-Stars’ 18-1 blitz of the Spa City Stars of Hot Springs 18-1 Saturday. Bryant advances in the winners bracket of the 13-year-old Babe Ruth South Arkansas State Tournament. The Stars will take on the rival Benton All-Stars today at 5 p.m.

The Bryant 13s managed by Jerry East with assistance from Rick Brown and Randy Kelly. The team includes Logan Allen, Drew Brown, Cameron Coleman, Jake East, Jeffery Hastings, Dylan Hurt, Austin Kelly, Hayden Knowles, Garrett Misenheimer, Aaron Orender, Kyle Sahr, Alex Shurtleff, Diego Vargas.

Bryant scored 11 runs in the third inning to blow up a 4-0 game. Hot Springs scratched out an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth then Bryant tacked on three in the top of the fifth to set the final score.

East singled and Hurt tripled to produced the first run in the opening inning. Kelly’s two-out single made it 2-0.

In the second, Allen’s one-out single, a two out walk to East, a double steal and a double by Hurt doubled the score.

Meanwhile, East eased through the first two innings on the mound. After a 1-2-3 first, he walked a pair in the second but the first one was erased by a Bryant doubleplay, starting by Shurtleff, the shortstop.

Bryant’s third-inning explosion commenced with a lead-off double by Shurtleff. He stole third then walks to Misenheimer and Kelly followed. Hastings lofted a sacrifice fly to right then Orender smacked a two-run double.

Allen greeted a new pitcher with a base hit to left. Coleman drew a walk to load the bases for East, who smacked a single to center. Hurt and Shurtleff drew consecutive walks and, with two down, Kelly drew a free pass to set the stage of a drive to center by Hastings that went for a bases-clearing triple. Orender singled him home and it was 15-0.

Hurt took over on the mound in the bottom of the third and pitched around a one-out walk. In the fourth, a lead-off single and a pair of errors produced a run. Hurt walked two but got the lead runner in the rundown between second and third for the first out then struck out the next two to send it to the fifth.

Bryant’s fourth had been uneventful but for East’s third hit. In the fifth, Kelly singled and, with one out, Brown laced a double. Allen’s base hit, a walk to East and a hit by Hurt made it 18-1.

Kelly relieved in the bottom of the fifth and issued a one-out walk but his teammates ended the game with a doubleplay.

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