Photos courtesy of Paul Dotson and 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.
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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