Taking advantage of seven errors, seven walks and four hit batsman with 12 hits, the Sport Shop Black[more] Sox of Bryant scored 25 runs in five innings Wednesday evening on the way to a lopsided win over Benton Sport Shop in Junior American Legion play at Bryant High School field.
Dakota Besancon not only limited the Benton team to one unearned run on just two hits, he supported the cause with two hits and five runs batted in. Blake Patterson finished with three hits and two RBI while Hunter Oglesby contributed two hits and C.J. Phillips and Dalton Holt drove in three each. Patterson and Phillips scored five times each.
The Sox scored 11 times in the first inning and 10 times in the third.
Bryant is now 4-4 overall going into a tournament in Paragould this weekend.
Besancon, who struck out seven in the game, got his first two to open the contest as part of a 1-2-3 top of the first. The Sox initial eruption started with a single by Drew Tipton and an RBI double by Patterson. After Phillips was hit by a pitch, a double steal put runners at second and third. With one out, Besancon lined a single to left for his first two RBI.
Jimbo Seale got aboard on an error and, with two down, Andrew Kincaid walked to load the bases for Holt who singled in a pair. With Kincaid at third, Tipton walked to fill the bags with Patterson coming to the plate again. He reached on an error as two more came home. Tipton and Patterson scored when Phillips reached on an error, Hunter Oglesby was hit by a pitch and followed Phillips home on a single by Besancon following their double steal.
Benton went down in order in the top of the second and the Black Sox tacked on a run. Weston Jones singled, took second on a wild pitch, third on a groundout by Kincaid and scored on a grounder to second by Holt.
Ian Allred managed Benton’s first hit to lead off the third inning but after a strikeout, Allred was picked off by the Bryant hurler. A grounder to Tipton at second ended the inning.
The 10-run third was instigated by Patterson, who singled to center. Phillips walked and Oglesby beat out an infield hit. Besancon delivered a run with a sacrifice fly then Caleb Chaffin was hit by a pitch to load up the sacks again for Braylon Mays who walked to force in a run.
Austin Caldwell, who came in to run for Chaffin, followed Oglesby home when Kincaid’s grounder to second was misplayed. Mays was knocked in by Tre Davis who lined a single to right. After Collins Fredriksson walked, Patterson drew a free pass to force in a run and Phillips was plunked by a pitch to force in another.
Oglesby’s grounder to second was booted and both Fredriksson and Patterson came in. Besancon walked then Phillips scored the 10th run of the frame when Caldwell bounced into a force at second, beating the relay to first to avoid the inning-ending twin-killing.
With a 22-0 lead, Besancon eased through a three-up, three-down fourth. Benton would get its lone run in the top of the fifth on a hit batsman, a walkand a pair of errors. But he ended it with a strikeout.
The Sox had added three more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Kincaid reached on an error and, with two down, Patterson singled. Phillips chased both home with a triple down the line in left. He then scored the final run when Besancon’s grounder to short was mishandled.