Wingstop falls to Braves in Dixie World Series tune-up

The Pine Bluff Braves trailed Wingstop 1-0 after four innings, but erupted for 13 runs over the final five innings to claim a 13-2 win.

The game, which was a tune-up for Wingstop prior to the Dixie League World Series, took place following a 20-minute rain delay Thursday at Seabrook Family Christian Center.

Wingstop’s Jake Smith scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the fourth inning when the Braves were unable to complete a double-play.

That lead didn’t last long as Corey McCoy tied the game with a solo shot to left field in the top of the fifth.

In the sixth inning, Pine Bluff’s offense really came alive. Six hits in the frame, highlighted by Sebastian Stargell Sr.’s two-run hit, led to three runs.

The Braves picked up a pair of runs in the top of the eighth, and Wingstop finally answered with a run of its own in the bottom half.

Pine Bluff put the game out of reach with a seven-run ninth inning. Chase Smith drove in two runs in the frame, while McCoy and Derrick Houser picked up RBIs, as well.

McCoy led the Braves going 4 for 5, while Houser finished the game 3 for 4.

Braves’ pitcher Michael Newby pitched the second through the eight innings striking out six and giving up just three hits.

The rain made Newby late to the game, so Stargell Sr. pitched the first inning and then came back to pitch the final inning.

Wingstop will begin play in the 12-team Dixie Majors Baseball World Series beginning Saturday, July 27, in North Charleston, S.C. Wingstop’s opening game will be against North Carolina’s representative at 2 p.m. at Charleston Southern University.

The Braves, meanwhile, will be hoping to continue their season at the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kan. The Braves will need to receive an at-large bid to the tournament, because their qualifying tournament in Houston was disassembled.