White Hall’s Daniel Sprinkle pitched a complete game and knocked in three runs as PRO-DAY defeated the Pine Bluff Tigers 8-4 Friday night at Taylor Field in the John Gross Memorial Tournament in Pine Bluff.
“I feel like we should have put them away early,” PRO-DAY head coach Stanley Stubbs said. “But we kind of let them hang around. We let them back in the game and it kind of scared me a bit.”
In the bottom of the fifth with two outs, Sprinkle hit a bases-clearing double to give PRO-DAY an 8-3 lead.
“That was big for us,” Stubbs said. “He is going to be a special player. Big time players step up in big games and that’s what he did tonight.”
With one out, Billy Kittrell singled and moved to third on an error that allowed Braylon Jones to reach.
With two outs, Cameron Robertson walked to load the bases.
Sprinkle followed with a double – his second hit of the game – down the right field line to plate all three runners.
“We got a couple good hits, but we didn’t show any effort in this game,” Pine Bluff Tigers head coach Ernest Wooten said. “We came out flat and that lasted the whole game.”
Sprinkle allowed four runs on four hits with four strikeouts and one walk. He was also 2 for 2 at the plate with three RBIs and a run scored.
PRO-DAY took a three-run in the first inning thanks to a two-run double by Reise Bell. Bell also scored after a throw from the outfield landed in the dugout.
The Tigers rallied in the fourth inning to cut the deficit to 4-2.
After Trevor Langord reached on an error and moved to second on a stolen base, Brandon Starks hit an RBI-double. He later scored on an error.
“Brandon has been clutch for us all year,” Wooten said. “He wasn’t here our first game and he came in tonight and played big for us.”
Starks, who finished 1 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored, usually plays catcher for the Tigers.
“But we had a lot of guys out, so we had to put him at first base, and he did a heck of a job,” Wooten said.
Pine Bluff’s Jordan Stargell hit a lead off triple in the fifth and scored after the outfielder over threw the third baseman. Stargell’s run made it 5-3.
“He’s a baller,” Wooten said. “He’s come out every game and gives effort.
“He’s going to make somebody a great ball player at the college level or beyond.”
The Tigers also scored a run in the sixth. PRO-DAY also scored a run in the second and one in the fourth.
J’Mar Johnson is tagged with the loss. He pitched a complete game, allowing eight runs on six hits with three walks and three strikeouts.
“J’Mar did a good job,” Wooten said. “We made couple of errors for him, but he did a great job. We will take it.”
The tournament will resume today with the first game scheduled for 2 p.m. PRO-DAY will face Russellville at 4:15 p.m. and Pine Bluff will face Crossett at 6:30 p.m.
PB Tigers 1
Russellville scored one run in the first, two in the third, one in the sixth and one in the seventh as they defeated the Pine Bluff Tigers 5-1 in the first game of the John Gross Memorial Tournament on Friday.
Austin Robinson earns the win after pitching six innings, allowing just two hits with seven strikeouts. Aaron McDonald is tagged with the loss after six innings of work. He allowed three earned runs on seven hits with four strikeouts.
Jordan Stargell had a walk and a run scored. Trey Langford was 1 for 1 and Percy Arnold had a hit and a walk.