Braves’ Mitchell no-hit Bryant

BRYANT — Pine Bluff Braves pitcher James Mitchell tossed a six-inning, no-hit game Sunday in a 13-0 win over Bryant in semi-pro baseball.

The feat is the first no-hitter by a Brave since Mack Payne did it at Leola in 1973, according to manager Winfred Smith. That immediately followed Mitchell’s closing duty in a 6-1, six-inning win over the Conway Catfish.

Mitchell, the 2009 Braves MVP, turned in some defensive gems to salvage an errorless first game Sunday and got an outstanding defensive catch from Jerome McCullum in right field in Bryant’s final at-bat.

Pine Bluff scored three runs each in the first and second and allowed a run in the fifth. Deonta Howard worked five complete innings, striking out six and giving up three hits, to improve his record to 5-0. Stargell went 3 for 3, and White and Mitchell were 2 for 3 apiece.

Seven of Pine Bluff’s runs against Bryant came in the sixth inning. McCullum and Howard each drove in three runs and had two hits.

The Braves will host Wingstop at Seabrook Family Christian Center at 6 p.m. Thursday.