The Pine Bluff Zebras exploded for 20 runs in the second inning and combined to pitch a one-hit shutout with a 25-0 win over Little Rock Fair in 7A/6A-South Conference action at Taylor Field on Friday.
“We did what we were supposed to do,” Pine Bluff head coach Ryan Stinson said. “I just wanted to try and work on some things and we accomplished that. It was a good deal for us.”
The Zebras pounded out 14 hits in the win and received help from the War Eagles’ eight errors in the game. Pine Bluff starting pitcher Jordan O’Guinn pitched two innings while allowing just one hit with no runs and three strikeouts.
Pine Bluff (9-4, 2-2 in 7A/6A-South) picked up where it left on Thursday with a quick first inning defensively. The offense then got things started with the first two batters reaching safely. After a popout, Jaylon DeShazier connected with an RBI single and gave the Zebras an early 1-0 lead.
Two errors allowed two more runs to score and O’Guinn added to the lead when he hit an RBI double to the left field side. The Zebras added another run later in the inning on an RBI groundout from Kenneth Gatewood.
After a quick 1-2-3 inning by Fair (0-4, 0-3), the Pine Bluff offense erupted for 20 runs on 12 hits in the bottom half. Pine Bluff sent 16 men to the plate and was aided by five Fair errors.
Highlights from the inning included a two-RBI double from Kacy Higgins, who laced a pitch to the gap in center field, and back-to-back RBI doubles from Brandon Little and Cameron Robertson.
Pine Bluff brought in Ti’Montai Bolden to close the game out. He finished with one inning pitched while allowing no hits and two strikeouts, including a game-ending strikeout. With the Zebras leading by 15 runs after three innings, the sportsmanship run rule took effect.
O’Guinn ended the day 3 for 3 with two runs scored and two RBIs. DeShazier and Gatewood each collected two hits and combined for five runs scored and five RBIs. Damian Jones collected the War Eagles’ only hit of the game.
Pine Bluff will face some stiffer competition next week in El Dorado and Sheridan. Stinson knows things will get tougher, but he said Pine Bluff will be ready to play.
“We just need to stay focused and play good baseball,” Stinson said. “We just need to play fundamental baseball, play sound and do the things that we can do. We need to play good defense, pitch well and run the bases well. If we do that, we got a shot at every game.”