WHITE HALL — PBNB’s Tyler Carr was one pitch away from ending Tuesday’s AA American Legion game against Lonoke’s Remington Bullets by the mercy rule in the fifth inning when the Bullets landed a four-spot in the top of the frame to extend the game.
An error at shortstop that could have put the finishing touches on the regular-season finale opened the door for Remington but not wide enough for a complete comeback. PBNB eased to an 11-4 win.
Carr picked up the win on the mound but surrendered the mound to Austin Smith after the four-run burst. Carr didn’t allow a runner to advance past second base in the first four innings, allowing just three hits.
“I tried to get ahead in the count early,” Carr said. “I’m not big on strikeouts. I get a lot of ground balls. But they never hit me hard. I just got a little tired late in the game and started getting behind in the count. Things just didn’t go the way I wanted.”
But PBNB committed two errors in the fifth with an 11-0 lead and failed to turn a game-ending double play that would have ended the affair.
“That’s when I’m supposed to put it in my own hands,” Carr said. “My dad has taught me that if things aren’t going well you put it on your shoulders. And I’m responsible for all that.”
Lewis came on in relief and shut down the Bullets for the remaining three innings, striking out five, including the side in the seventh.
“We missed a play at shortstop but you take what you get,” PBNB coach Justin Holt said. “But we recovered well and Austin came in and finished for us. We haven’t played in about a week so I was pleased with the way we played.”
Holt said Carr pitched well enough to pick up the shutout.
“Tyler pitched well,” Holt said. “He had some really good movement and his breaking ball was down in the zone. They didn’t hit the ball hard against him at all.”
While Remington was struggling to find holes in the defense, PBNB was scoring in bunches early in the outing. PBNB plated three runs in the first, highlighted by a Kirk Baugh double that scored Tanner Attwood.
PBNB added seven runs in the third with Baugh providing another run-producing double and Dylan James coming through with a bases-loaded clearing double to extend the lead.
Dylan Quickel also doubled twice and drove in a run while Attwood doubled and added an RBI.
The squads now look ahead to this weekend’s AA state tournament in Bryant. PBNB will play Saturday against a team to be determined.
“We were trying to get some of pitchers some work and get a little warm-up before state,” Lonoke coach Steve Moore said. “We saw a lot of things we needed to work on. Obviously we didn’t have our best game, but we accomplished our goals.”