WHITE HALL – The White Hall Bulldogs has had no shortage of runs in their last two games, scoring seven in Thursday’s win over Woodlawn and then defeating the Star City Bulldogs 12-2 in the semifinals of the Billy Bock Classic on Friday.
“In our first three games, we have swung the bat pretty good,” White Hall head coach Skip Carr said. “That is a good thing for us.
“We made a couple of errors today, but we have gotten better since the first game.”
Thanks to two errors and three hits, White Hall was able to score five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to lead by 10 runs heading into the top of the fifth.
A near flawless top of the fifth by pitcher Tyler Carr sealed the run-rule victory for White Hall.
In the fourth, Connor Clemons hit a ground ball down the left field line and it went through the legs of the third baseman, allowing Austin Lewis and Justin McCarty to score on the error.
Later in the same inning, Dylan James hit a fly ball to short right field, but the ball was dropped, allowing Kirk Baugh and Clemons to score.
“We played good defense until the bottom of the fourth inning,” Star City head coach Scott Johnson said. “We let adversity get to us and we didn’t finish.
“We got to overcome things like that. When we get behind, we can’t make errors; we got to stop that bleeding.”
Landon Reed led off the fourth with a single and later scored on a RBI double by Lewis.
Star City took a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
“(Tyler Carr) was leaving the pitches up early and they came out firing,” Skip Carr said. “Everything he threw up there, they were hitting well.”
Star City led off the first with a single by Blake Wynn and a double by Austin Powell. Austin Capps reached on an infield single to plate Wynn from third.
An error by White Hall’s Clemons scored Powell to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead.
“We responded well and didn’t panic,” Carr said. “They had a good little pitcher out, but our guys kept their composure, fought back and got back in the game.”
White Hall scored six runs in the bottom of the second inning thanks in part to a two-run single by Tanner Atwood. Lewis hit a RBI-single to plate Reed.
Tyler Zuber hit a sacrifice fly to score another run and White Hall led Star City 6-2.
“White Hall is a good baseball club and everybody knows that,” Johnson said. “In the bottom of the second, we faced a little adversity. Being such a young team like we are, we just got to overcome it.”
Powell was credited with the loss for Star City, allowing 10 runs on nine hits with three walks and one strikeout.
Tyler Carr earns the win after five innings of work. He allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits with six strikeouts and three walks.
For White Hall, Clemons finished the night 2 of 3 with three runs scored. Lewis was 2 for 3 with a run and two RBIs. Reed was 2 for 4 with two runs scored.
“We hit the ball well at times, but they gave us a few as well,” Carr said. “But the good thing about that we were doing what we are supposed to do in hitting the ball.”
Powell had Star City’s only extra base hit, finishing 1 for 3 with a double and run scored. Wynn finished 1 for 3 with a run scored. Bo McBroom had two walks.
White Hall will now play the winner of Friday night’s Pine Bluff/Harrison game today at 4:30 p.m. at Taylor Field. Star City will play today at 2 p.m. at Taylor Field.