Black Sox power their way to first Series victory – Bryant Daily – Arkansas News

Black Sox power their way to first Series victory – Bryant Daily – Arkansas News

Jake Wright is welcomed to the dugout after hitting a solo homer to open the fourth inning of Saturday’s American Legion World Series game between the Bryant Black Sox and Hopewell, N.J. (Photo courtesy of Paul Dotson)

Photos courtesy of Paul Dotson and Matt Roth/The American Legion

Beaux Bonvillain flings a sidearm pitch during Saturday’s game. (Photo by Matt Roth/The American Legion)

SHELBY, N.C. — What a time to muscle up.

After going all summer — 48 games — without a single home run, the Bryant Black Sox pounded three of them at the Senior American Legion World Series on Saturday. Jake Wright, Logan Allen and Seth Tucker each went deep and, behind two-hit shutout relief from Beaux Bonvillain and some splendid defense, the Sox forged a 7-4 win over Hopewell, N.J., in the second round of pool play.

The Sox, Arkansas champion as well as the Mid-South Regional Tournament, complete pool play on Sunday evening at 6 against Randolph County, N.C. A bid to the four-team single-elimination championship bracket will be on the line.

First baseman Aaron Orender positions himself to take a throw as New Jersey runner Sam Margulis ducks as he reaches the bag. (Photo by Matt Roth/The American Legion)

Usually, a team that executes the short game and hits line drives, the Sox, now 42-8, had executed small ball to produce a 3-2 lead going into the fourth inning. On the second pitch of his lead-off at-bat against New Jersey starter Dom Gambino, Wright unloaded for Bryant’s first home run of the season to make it 4-2.

After Hopewell (38-11) rallied to tie it in the bottom of the fourth, Allen led off the top of the fifth with his jack. Jake East lined out to center then,…

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