FORT SMITH – Two UAFS baseball players will play for an American Legion Baseball World Series Championship beginning Thursday at Keeter Stadium in Shelby, N.C.
Catcher Dylan Hurt and center fielder Logan Allen, who both will be sophomores this season, are playing for their hometown Bryant Black Sox, who are one of eight teams competing in the World Series.
Bryant (39-7) will play Lewiston (Idaho) in the first round of pool play at 3:30 p.m. (central time). Bryant and Lewiston are a part of the four-team Stars Pool that includes Hopewell (N.J.) and Randolph County (N.C.). Shrewsbury (Mass.), Midland (Mich.), Creighton (Neb.) and Henderson (Nev.) make up the four-team Stripes Pool.
Thursday and Friday’s games will be broadcast online on ESPN3, while the Saturday-Tuesday games will be broadcast on ESPNU. The championship game is scheduled for Tuesday at 6 p.m. (central time).
Live statistics and updated tournament information will be available at Tournament Central.
“We are really looking forward to playing,” Allen said. “We felt like we should have had the opportunity to go last year but didn’t. This is our opportunity, and we are looking forward to proving ourselves.”
Former UAFS shortstop Ozzie Hurt, Dylan’s older brother, coaches the Black Sox along with his dad, Darren, and Jerry East. Ozzie Hurt said he likes the team’s chances of winning the championship.
“We’re set up fine,” said Ozzie Hurt, who was a three-time Gold Glove shortstop during his four-year collegiate playing career at UAFS. “If we win the first two games, we have a really good chance of winning it.”
Hurt and Allen were part of last spring’s…
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