Braves score pair of wins in Bryant


BRYANT — A couple of strong pitching performances led the Pine Bluff Braves to a pair of wins Sunday at Bishop Park.

In game one, Michael Marsh gave up just one hit while striking out 10 over five innings to lead the Braves to a 4-1 seven-inning win over the Conway Catfish.

Pine Bluff’s Corey McCoy, Deonta Howard and Chase Smith led the offense against Conway.

McCoy reached on a single to start the game, and Howard sacrificed him over to second. McCoy came in to score the game’s first run on a sacrifice fly by Smith.

Leading off the third inning, McCoy reached first base, and he was again sacrificed over by Howard. This time, McCoy came around to score on a double by Earl White Jr.

In the fifth inning, Howard singled, stole second and scored on a hit by Smith.

Conway mounted its biggest threat in the game’s final inning, but left the bases loaded.

In game two, Mason Reynolds threw a complete game while striking out nine in an eight-inning, 8-2 victory over the Little Rock Rangers.

Despite Reynolds’ good pitching performance, the Braves trailed 2-1 after four innings, because of a solid outing by the Rangers’ Zack Sparks.

After tying the game in the bottom of the fifth, Pine Bluff finally chased Sparks and broke open the 2-2 game with four runs in the sixth and two in the seventh.

Jerome McCullum went 2 for 2 to lead the Braves, while Chris Jones went 2 for 3, including the game-tying hit in the fifth. White Jr. drove in two runs with a hit in the sixth.

The Braves hope to play their first two home games against the Rangers Sunday at a site that is yet to be determined.