WH 15s step closer to title game


HAMBURG — A Gavin Bailey sacrifice fly in the top of the eighth inning lifted White Hall to a 2-1 win over Hamburg in the Babe Ruth 15-year-old state tournament Saturday at Hamburg City Park.

The win advances White Hall to the winner’s bracket championship game at 4 p.m. today against Brinkley, which beat Crossett 9-6 Saturday. The winner advances to the state championship at 6 p.m. Monday, while the loser falls into the loser’s bracket championship at 3 p.m. Monday.

Cade Canada threw the first seven innings to pick up the win. He gave up one run on five hits with seven strikeouts and one walk.

Antoine Luster got the save after pitching a scoreless eighth inning. He struck out one and gave up one hit.

Luster led off the eighth inning with a walk and advanced to second on Jared Chavis’ bunt. He advanced to third base on Cade Canada’s double and came in to score on Bailey’s sacrifice fly.

According to White Hall head coach Bruce Chavis, both teams scored their first run in the second inning. In the top of the frame, White Hall’s Jordan Gober walked, Bailey Smith walked and then Gober scored on Caleb Carr’s RBI double.

Carr went 2-for-3 in the game and Canada picked up all three of White Hall’s hits.

Pine Bluff Northern 11, Lake Village 1

HAMBURG — Braylen Jones ended Lake Village’s season with a walkoff hit in the sixth inning of Pine Bluff Northern’s 11-1 win in the 15-year-old Babe Ruth state tournament Saturday at Hamburg City Park.

Northern’s Brandon Lowe pitched five innings, while Brandon Little pitched the sixth frame.

According to head coach Stanley Harper, Northern scored four runs in the first inning, two in the second, one in the third, two in the fourth and two in the sixth.

Northern will play at 1:30 p.m. today in an elimination game against Crossett, which fell to Brinkley 9-6 Saturday. If it wins, Northern will play against the winner of the Hamburg-Bryant game at 6:30 p.m. today.

JUNIOR LEGION

Smart Dodge 10, Cabot Red 8

CABOT — After losing to Jacksonville 10-2 on Friday, Smart Dodge bounced back on Saturday.

Smart Dodge beat Cabot Red 10-8 in their Junior American Legion district tournament game. With the win they will play against Conway at 4:30 p.m. today.

Dylan Cantwell picked up the win for Smart Dodge, while Jake Green earned the save.

B.J. Pullman and Jonathan Dickinson each had three hits to lead Smart Dodge.

LITTLE LEAGUE

Pine Bluff Western 3, White Hall 1

Pine Bluff Western clinched a spot in next week’s 11- and 12-year-old state tournament in Arkadelphia with a 3-1 win over White Hall Saturday at Benny Hatcher Field.

White Hall, which beat Hot Springs 3-0 on Thursday, will face Hot Springs in an elimination game at 6 p.m. today. The winner of that game will face Western in the championship game at 8 p.m. Monday. If Western, which received a bye in the tournament, loses Monday, then a second championship game will be played at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The top two teams in the Little League district will advance to the state tournament, which is why Western has already qualified. According to Pine Bluff Western coach Jason Terry, the winner of the district increases its chances of earning a bye in the six-team tournament.

Kaleb Hill led the way for Western at the plate and on the mound. Hill homered in the first inning to put his team on top 1-0.

White Hall tied the game in the top of the third when Riley Durmon scored on a passed ball.

Western responded in the home half of the inning and took the lead for good. Hill reached with a walk and came in to score on Drew Raines RBI double. Raines then scored on Tre’veon Goodwin’s single.

On the mound, Hill struck out 14 with one hit and three walks over five innings. Rod Stinson came in to pitch the sixth and gave up a hit but no runs in the frame.