Two-run seventh inning puts end to Bulldogs’ reign

JONESBORO — Little Rock Christian scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to eliminate defending state champion White Hall 5-4 Saturday in a 5A state baseball quarterfinal.

Nate Alberius hit an RBI double to tie the game at 4. Austin Ply, Little Rock Christian’s No. 4 batter, was intentionally walked, but he was picked off at first base for the second out. Then, an error at center field allowed the winning run to score.

White Hall (18-6) left nine on base, but had solid hitting performances from Landon Reed (3 for 4), Tyler Zuber and Kirk Baugh (each 2 for 4).

White Hall loaded the bases in the first inning with hits from Reed and Zuber and Austin Lewis getting hit by a pitch. Baugh then drove in two runs with a double.

Little Rock Christian tied it at 2 that inning. But in the fourth, Percy Arnold scored on an error at shortstop on Reed’s at-bat to give the Bulldogs the lead back.

Following a Zuber double, Arnold doubled to drive him home in the fifth. Little Rock Christian pulled within a run in the sixth.

Tyler Carr gave up three runs in 5 2/3 innings on the mound. Daniel Sprinkle, who took the loss, allowed two runs (one earned) in two-thirds of an inning before Austin Lewis took over.