White Hall claims district crown


ARKADELPHIA — The White Hall All-Stars won their Babe Ruth 15-year-old district tournament with an 11-10 comeback win over Pine Bluff Northern on Monday night.

After falling behind 6-2 after two innings, White Hall pecked away at the Pine Bluff lead. Two runs apiece in the third, fourth and fifth innings saw White Hall climb to within 10-8 heading into the bottom of the sixth.

White Hall put up three runs in the frame and then held on for the win.

Jared Chavis picked up the win for White Hall after going 4 1/3 innings and giving up four runs on six hits. Antoine Luster recorded the game’s final two outs to pick up the save.

With runs at first and second, Luster got Pine Bluff to hit into a fielder’s choice to shortstop for the second out.

After a runner stole second base to get the go-ahead run into scoring position, Luster got the Pine Bluff batter to groundout to the second baseman to end the game.

Gavin Bailey led the White Hall offense with three hits, while Chavis, Caleb Carr, Cade Canada and John Wesley Shelton all picked up two hits.

Since it was a double-elimination tournament, Northern would have had to beat White Hall twice to win the championship.

White Hall beat Northern 7-6 Sunday in the winner’s bracket, overcoming a 6-2 deficit. In the fourth, two errors resulted in a run and Luster hit a three-run triple to tie it. A hit batsman in the sixth produced a go-ahead run by Chase Bryan.

White Hall will begin the state tournament July 12 in Hamburg.

Pine Bluff Northern 20, Bryant 1

On Sunday, Braylon Jones went 4 for 4, Davion White stole four bases and Northern allowed one hit in winning the loser’s bracket final.

Northern defeated Bryant 16-1 earlier in the tournament.

Camden 11, Pine Bluff Tigers 1

CAMDEN — The Pine Bluff Tigers’ Senior Babe Ruth season ended in the state tournament Monday night.

Jordan Stargell, Percy Arnold and Trevor Langford all picked up a hit for the Tigers. Cameron Banks picked up the Tigers’ only RBI with a groundout in the first inning.

Brandon Wade took the loss, giving up four earned runs and six hits with seven strikeouts in a complete-game effort.