CONWAY — The Bryant Black Sox Junior American Legion team is one win away from a State championship.
And because they clubbed the Fort Smith Junior Legion team 8-1 in an extra game on Monday (eliminating Fort Smith), they’ll have two chances (if needed) to get that win against the Texarkana Junior team, which knocked out Sheridan Taylor & Lunsford on Monday.
The Sox are the lone unbeaten team in the tournament so, in order to steal away the title for themselves, Texarkana will have to beat them twice. The first game — and the only game, Sox fans hope — starts at 2 p.m., on Tuesday at Hendrix College.
Ryan Lessenberry, Peyton Dillon and Christian Harp each had three hits in Monday’s victory. Cade Drennan pitched five shutout innings with relief from Logan Catton and Christian Motes over the final two frames.
Drennan allowed four hits, walked one and struck out two as the Bryant defense played error-free behind him. Catton surrendered the lone run but got out of the sixth with no further damage.
Saving pitches for the versatile Catton, Motes came in after the first out in the bottom of the seventh. The first batter Motes faced popped out to Catton at second. The final out came on a fly to Jake Wright in left.
When Drennan left the game, Bryant held a 5-0 lead. The scoring began in the top of the third. Catton instigated the uprising with a lead-off single. Coby Greiner sacrificed him to second then Wright yanked a single to left for the first RBI.
And, on a late throw to the plate, Wright hoofed it to second. He scored from there, moments later, on Harp’s bloop single to left, making it 2-0.
Drennan had pitched around a lead-off single in the first and…
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