No-hitter, big innings carry Bryant 10’s (Riggs) to District opening win

ARKADELPHIA — Aiden Adams and Tyler Bates combined on a no-hitter while a five-run[more] second put the Bryant 10-year-old All-Stars ahead and an eight-run third put the game out of reach as they opened District Tournament play with a 13-1 romp over the host Clark County All-Stars on Saturday.

The 10-year-old team is coached by Greg Riggs with assistance from Scott Allison, Scott Curtis and Matt Orender. Players are Aiden Adams, Kannon Allison, Tyler Bates, Clay Curtis, River Gregory, Will Hathcote, Cameron McDonald, Trey Miller, Justin Orender, Ryan Riggs, Austin Schroeder, Blaine Sears, Brandon Thomisee and Josh Turner.

Adams allowed the lone run in the top of the first. A walk, a pair of passed balls and a sacrifice fly produced the run but Adams didn’t allow a hit in three frames. He walked two, hit a batter and struck out four including all three batters in the third. Bates took over and retired the first two he faced before an error put a runner at third. But a pop up on to Miller at second ended the game.

Bryant’s breakout inning in the second began with Turner reaching on an error. He stole second, took third on a passed ball and scored when Sears cracked a single to left. Hathcote was struck by a pitch then both he and Sears moved up on a wild pitch. A base hit by Curtis knocked in a run then Hathcote scored on a passed ball to make it 3-1.

With two down, McDonald drilled a ball to left that was misplayed allowing Curtis to score and McDonald as well.

In Bryant’s third, Adams singled and scored when Turner ripped a double to left-center. After Sears walked, a double steal put both runners in scoring position for Hathcote who singled in both. Gregory came on to run for Hathcote and wound up at third after a passed ball and an errant throw. Curtis walked and swiped second then Schroeder picked up an RBI with a groundout to second. When Riggs’ grounder to first was booted, Curtis scored as the lead ballooned to 10-1.

McDonald chased in a run when he laced a triple to right. Orender’s grounder to short brought him in before an error kept the inning going as Allison reached. Turner singled then Sears reached on an error to load the bases for Gregory who knocked in the final run.

Bryant is set to play again on Sunday at 6 p.m., against Benton’s 10s.

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