Wingstop drops World Series opener

Wingstop lost its opening game of the Dixie Majors Baseball World Series Saturday in North Charleston, S.C.

Hope Mills, N.C., defeated the Arkansas representative 7-4 at Charleston Southern University.

According to Wingstop coach Johnny Skillen, his team took a 1-0 lead in the second inning before Hope Mills tied the game with a run in the third.

Wingstop regained the lead with a run in the fourth inning, but a rough bottom of the fifth did in the Pine Bluff-area team.

In that frame, Hope Mills scored six times to take the lead for good. Wingstop fought back with two runs in the top of the sixth to cut the deficit to 7-4 but would get no closer.

Wingstop starting pitcher Zach Bradford failed to make it out of that rough fifth inning and finished with 4 1/3 innings pitched. Ryan Green came on in relief and threw the final 1 2/3 innings for Wingstop.

Jeffery Jones led Wingstop’s nine-hit attack going 3-for-3 with a pair of singles and a double to earn the game’s Most Valuable Player honor for his team.

Jones is expected to start on the mound Sunday.

Wingstop will play at 11:30 a.m. Central Sunday against Heartland/Avon Park, Fla., which lost to McNairy County, Tenn., 3-1 on Saturday. The loser will be eliminated, while the winner will advance to play the winner of Sunday’s game between tournament host North Charleston and South Boston, Va., at 10 a.m. Central on Monday.