Pine Bluff held off a late inning push by Watson Chapel to take a 3-2 win Tuesday night at Taylor Field.
After Pine Bluff scored two runs in the bottom of the second to take a 3-0 lead, Watson Chapel scored a run in the top of the fifth and seventh innings to get within one run.
With two outs in the top of the seventh inning, Watson Chapel’s Jacob Owen singled to left and Jalen Jackson was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second.
Owen and Jackson attempted to advance up a bag on a passed ball and on the attempted throw to third, Owen scored as the ball sailed into left field.
It trimmed the lead to 3-2, but Jackson stayed at second.
Pine Bluff intentionally walked Justin Pierce and survived the rally by getting Chris Williams to pop up behind second base to end the game.
Pine Bluff’s Jordan O’Guinn pitched a complete game, allowing two runs (both earned) on nine hits with six strikeouts and one walk.
Jaylon Deshazier led at the plate for the Zebras (2-0) as he finished 3 for 3 with an RBI. Braylen Jones was 2 for 3 with a run and two RBIs while Adam Graham was 2 for 3 with a run scored.
Pine Bluff will play Hermitage on Thursday at 6:15 p.m. at Taylor Field in the first round of the Billy Bock Classic. The double-elimination tournament lasts until Saturday.
Josh Dardenne was tagged with the loss for Watson Chapel. He went just two innings, allowing three runs (all earned) on five hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
Pierce pitched four innings of relief, allowing just four hits. Pierce was also 1 for 1 with an RBI and a walk.
Woodlawn 15, Carlisle 5 (5 inn.)
WOODLAWN — Caleb Holloman led the Bears with 5 RBIs as they stayed unbeaten on the season.
Holloman finished 2 for 3, while Jacob Richardson went 3 for 3 with an RBI for Woodlawn (4-0).
J.P. Aiken and Steven Allbright drove in multiple runs for the Bears. Aiken went 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs and Allbright finished 2 for 3 with a pair of RBIs.
Taylor Stitt earned the win after allowing one run with no walks and five strikeouts in two innings.
Stuttgart 3, Monticello 0
STUTTGART — Jack Morgan and Derrick Fletcher combined to pitch seven shutout innnings, scattering four hits as the Ricebirds defeated the Billies 3-0 Tuesday night in Stuttgart’s season opener.
Morgan went four innings, striking out four and walking four while Fletcher went three innings, walking six and striking out one.
Morgan also led the way at the plate, finishing the night with two hits, two RBIs and a run scored. Stuttgart (1-0) had five hits in the game and didn’t commit and error.
The Ricebirds will play Harrison on Thursday night in the first round of the Billy Bock Classic at 8:30 p.m. at Taylor Field.
Parkers Chapel 6, Fordyce 4
EL DORADO — Fordyce was ahead 4-1 going into the bottom of the sixth inning, but a couple of errors by led to five runs by Parkers Chapel as the Redbugs lost 6-4 Tuesday night.
Ross Rogers is tagged with the loss for Fordyce.
Fordyce (1-1) will host Hampton on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
SW Christian 13, Ridgway 0
Southwest Christian Academy took advantage of Ridgway Christian inexperience as the Lions defeated the Eagles 13-0 Tuesday night in Ridgway’s season opener.
Ridgway (0-1) failed to get a hit and walked 11 batters defensively. The Eagles will play in a preseason tournament in Magnolia beginning with Garrett Memorial at noon Friday.
Vilonia 6, Watson Chapel 1
VILONIA — Watson Chapel went 4 for 26 at the plate Tuesday night in losing 6-1 to Vilonia in its season opener.
Head coach Tracey Easter said her team just “wasn’t ready to play.” No statistics were available at the time.
Chapel (0-1) will play Stuttgart at home on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.