Western, WH to meet again for finals berth


ARKADELPHIA — Pine Bluff Western’s Rod Stinson led off the game with a solo home run, but that was all the offense his team would generate Sunday. Western fell to Malvern 4-1 in the semifinals of the 11- and 12-year-old Little League state tournament.

Stinson was the only Western player to reach base safely. Besides his home run, he singled — but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double — and walked in three at-bats.

Western’s Kaleb Hill took the loss on the mound. He gave up four runs (two earned) on two hits and two walks with 13 strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings of work.

Western will play against White Hall at 6 p.m. today. The winner of that game will face Malvern in the championship at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The Western-White Hall winner would need to defeat Malvern twice Wednesday to win the title.

White Hall 12, Corning 2

ARKADELPHIA — White Hall picked up a win each on Sunday and Monday to get within one win of the 11- and 12-year-old Little League state tournament championship game.

White Hall defeated Corning 12-2 on Sunday and beat Ashdown 5-4 Monday.

Against Corning, Griffin Haynes threw a complete game and also picked up three hits for White Hall.

White Hall 5, Ashdown 4

In Monday’s win, Zack Motzinger had a two-run home run to give White Hall an early lead.

Ashdown came back and led 4-3 going into the fifth inning. In that frame, White Hall’s Walker Bailey doubled and his pinch runner Riley Durham came around to score. Also in that inning, Nick Richmond doubled, took third on a passed ball and then stole home.

Reese Wilkerson threw the first four innings for White Hall giving up four runs. Ryan Ruff pitched two scoreless innings to close out the win.

AA AMERICAN LEGION

Relyance Bank 9, Stuttgart 7

WHITE HALL — Despite falling behind 7-0 after two innings, Relyance Bank defeated Stuttgart 9-7 to qualify for the AA American Legion state tournament Monday night.

Relyance Bank’s Cade Canada picked up the win. Canada threw 5 1/3 innings after Relyance’s starter failed to make it out of the first inning. Daniel Gray entered the game with a runner on first base in the seventh inning. With the bases loaded, Gray induced a groundball to shortstop to end the game.

Relyance Bank’s Daniel Sprinkle led the offense going 3-for-3 with a walk. Sprinkle drove in four runs courtesy of a two-run home run and a two-run single.

Canada went 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles, a walk and a sacrifice bunt.

Relyance Bank lost to North Little Rock 4-3 in 11 innings on Sunday. The loss meant Relyance Bank had to defeat Stuttgart to qualify for the tournament. Relyance Bank will play to determine whether they get a three or four seed in the state tournament at 5 p.m. today in Heber Springs.

SENIOR AMERICAN LEGION

Little Rock Vipers 14, Sheridan 13

SHERIDAN — The Little Rock Vipers overcame a four-run deficit in the top of the ninth inning to eliminate Sheridan from the Senior American Legion Zone 4 tournament.

Sheridan led 13-9 after eight innings, but gave up five in the top of the ninth and failed to score in the bottom half despite getting a runner to third base.

In the ninth, Little Rock had three consecutive singles to load the bases. Following a strikeout, the Vipers had an RBI single and a three-run double to tie the game. After the runner on second base moved to third, a sacrifice fly brought in the go-ahead run.

Trailing 3-0 in the second inning, Sheridan exploded for eight runs on four walks, two singles, a double and a triple.

Sheridan’s Wyatt Daggett (six innings) and Tyler McKenzie (three innings) combined to give up 11 hits, issue six walks, and hit two batters.

Neither team was helped out by their defense with Sheridan committing six errors and Little Rock committing five.

Garrett Williams led Sheridan’s 13-hit attack going 5-for-5 with four singles and a triple. He scored four runs and drove in three.