SHERIDAN — Relyance Bank recovered from a 21-13 loss to Cabot Centennial that open the Peoples Bank Wood Bat Classic and kept the North Little Rock Colts AA team off the scoreboard.
Relyance scored four of its runs in the third inning of a 6-0 victory Thursday. Tyler Zuber, who retired batters in order in the first two innings and struck out three, also had a single for the Pine Bluff AA American Legion team.
The win was highlighted by Kirk Baugh’s three-run home run in that big third inning.
Relyance and North Little Rock await tournament play, which begins Saturday, in the Classic.
Cabot Centennial 7, Sheridan 5
A late charge by the Yellowjackets came up just short Thursday night after Cabot took a 7-0 lead with the help of a six-run second inning.
Four of Cabot’s six hits came in that inning, along with two hit batsmen and an error that advanced runners. From there, Sheridan starter Wyatt Daggett allowed three baserunners in a complete-game loss.
In the Sheridan fifth, Lathan Wylie followed a Chase Davis double with a two-run single, and Tyler McKinzie also knocked in a run on a single.
Davis hit his third double of the game in the sixth to score two runs and pull the Jackets within two runs. Sheridan had runners on first and third bases with one out in the seventh, but back-to-back strikeouts ended the game.
Cabot Centennial 21, Relyance 13 (Wed.)
Relyance scored six runs in the third to tie the game at 8 and four in the fifth to knot it at 12, but Cabot Centennial pulled away from there to open the tournament with the win.
Four walks started the Relyance third, followed by two-run doubles for Justin Archer and B.J. Pullman. One-run singles by Aaron Johnston and Landon Reed followed.
Cabot rebounded with three runs in the fourth and one in the fifth before Relyance surged again.
Archer (all singles), Pullman (two doubles) and Reed (double) each had three hits. Dylan Quickel and Johnston each added two hits for Relyance.
NLR Colts (senior) 2, Simmons 1 (Wed.)
Justin Dardenne led Simmons with two hits, but the Pine Bluff senior team couldn’t manufacture any runs outside of the first inning, when Dardenne drove in the only score.
North Little Rock’s two runs came on a fifth-inning double.
The schedule for today’s action in the Peoples Bank Wood Bat Classic has changed: At 3 p.m., Jacksonville Gwatney vs. Texarkana (Texas) Tigers; at 5:30, North Little Rock Colts (senior team) vs. Texarkana and Little Rock Vipers vs. Conway Cougars; and at 8, Sheridan vs. Conway and Simmons vs. Little Rock Diamondbacks.
SENIOR BABE RUTH
Pine Bluff Tigers 16, Lonoke 8 (Wed.)
LONOKE — Trevor Langford struck out six and gave up four hits, and Percy Arnold went 4 for 5 at the plate in leading the Tigers to a nine-inning victory.
Jordan Stargell, Cameron Banks and Langford each had two hits. Stargell picked up the save.