Simmons secures 4th seed at Classic

SHERIDAN — Simmons responded after a solo home run by the Little Rock Diamondbacks in the third inning and started an offensive outburst that led to an 11-5 victory Friday in the second day of the Peoples Bank Wood Bat Classic.

Simmons earned the fourth seed for bracket play and will play No. 5 Sheridan at 12:30 p.m. today.

Both teams scored three runs in the first inning. Nick Hefley’s double and Garrett Dedman’s two-run single made up the Pine Bluff American Legion team’s scoring that inning.

In the bottom of the third, Dedman hit a double for two runs to give Simmons the lead. In the fourth, an error on a Justin Dardenne grounder with two outs resulted in two more runs.

It became 11-5 in the fifth after Jaylen Jackson (double), Dalton Barker (single), Josh Dardenne (single) and Nick Hefley (sacrifice fly) each drove in a run.

Josh Dardenne, Hefley, Dedman and Barker each had two hits for Simmons. Hefley scored three times.

Sheridan 6, Conway 0

SHERIDAN — Behind Wyatt Daggett’s three RBIs and Keaton Ramsey’s four-hit shutout pitching performance, the Yellowjackets blanked the Cougars.

Chase Davis went 2 for 4 for Sheridan, leading off the game with his fourth double in a row. He scored on a Lathan Wylie single.

Sheridan added four runs in the third: two on a Tad Daggett single, one on a Wyatt Daggett sac fly and another on an overthrow from the outfield on the same play. Wyatt Daggett hit an RBI single in the fifth.

Ramsey struck out eight and walked two.

The schedule for today’s bracket play has been set:

At 10 a.m., No. 9 Little Rock Vipers vs. No. 10 Little Rock Diamondbacks in the first consolation game; at 12:30 p.m., Simmons vs. Sheridan and the winner of the consolation game against the No. 11 North Little Rock Colts AA team; at 3, No. 3 North Little Rock senior team vs. No. 6 Conway Cougars; at 5:30, No. 2 Jacksonville Gwatney vs. No. 7 Relyance Bank; and at 8, No. 1 Cabot Centennial vs. No. 8 Texarkana (Texas) Tigers.

Semifinal and championship games will be held Sunday.