ORLANDO, Fla. — A walkoff home run by Redfield’s Devon Koonce lifted the Everett Maxey Majors over Diamond MVP in Saturday’s championship game of the USSSA Boys 12-and-under World Series.
According to EM Majors coach Brett Huskey, Diamond MVP, out of California, had won the World Series the past three years (9-and-under, 10-and-under, and 11-and-under).
Koonce also picked up the win on the mound pitching the game’s final 1 2/3 innings.
According to Huskey, White Hall classmates Kam’ron Hunt and Ollie Reddick both contributed to the team’s championship run.
“Kam’ron scored our first run (in the championship game) and Ollie hit the ball well all weekend,” Huskey said.
EM Majors defeated the Arkansas Mighty Ducks 2-0 in the semifinals Saturday morning.
Pine Bluff Western 13, Ashdown 2
ARKADELPHIA — Pine Bluff Western defeated Ashdown 13-2 to move within one win of reaching the 11- and 12-year-old Little League state tournament championship game.
Western got the offense going early with Kaleb Hill and Drew Raines hitting back-to-back solo home runs in the first inning.
In the fourth inning, Jordan Tillman walked and scored on Tyler Brown’s triple.
Leading 4-2, Western blew the game open with a nine-run sixth inning.
Tre’veon Goodwin tripled in two runs and Raines hit a three-run double in the frame.
On the mound, Raines pitched the first 4 1/3 innings for Western, and Austin Weatherford threw the final 1 2/3 innings.
Western will play Malvern at 2 p.m. today. The winner advances to Wednesday’s championship game, while the loser will play on Tuesday.
Benton 12, Sheridan 3
SHERIDAN — After a two-hour weather delay, the Benton Panthers defeated Sheridan 12-3 in the first round of the Senior American Legion Zone 4 Tournament late Friday night.
Benton scored four runs each in the top of the eighth and the top of the ninth to break open the game and secure the win.
For Benton, Wesley Ramsey is credited with the win after pitching seven innings and allowing just one run. After trailing 4-0, Sheridan scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to cut the deficit to 4-3.
Sheridan’s Garrett Williams plated the first one on a sacrifice fly and Tadd Daggett hit a two-run single.
Sheridan committed eight errors in the game.
Sheridan will play against the loser of Texarkana and the Little Rock Vipers at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Relyance Bank 11, Pocahontas 1
HEBER SPRINGS — Hunter Hale threw a complete game to lead Relyance Bank to an 11-1 win over Pocahontas in the AA American Legion Zone 4 tournament on Friday.
Relyance Bank’s Jake Green, Connor Freeman and B.J. Pullman each went 2 for 3 in the contest.
Rain on Saturday pushed back Relyance’s game against North Little Rock to 5 p.m. Sunday.
The winner will advance to the state tournament. The loser will need to win a loser’s bracket game on Monday to advance.
White Hall 10, Walnut Ridge 0; Malvern 12, White Hall 4
ARKADELPHIA — White Hall split its first two games of the 11- and 12-year-old Little League state tournament.
White Hall defeated Walnut Ridge 10-0 in five innings on Friday, but fell 12-4 to Malvern on Saturday.
In Friday’s win, Ryan Ruff pitched the first 4 1/3 innings for White Hall. Zack Motsinger threw the final 2/3 of an inning.
White Hall will play in an elimination game against Corning at 10 a.m. Sunday with the winner advancing to play on Monday.