Second Place Again: Inconsistency plagues Pine Bluff in Spring Break finale

STAR CITY – So far this season, Pine Bluff head coach Ryan Stinson has been trying to instill the importance of being consistent on both sides of the ball.

“I tell our kids, if we can be consistent on the mound and defensively, we can stay in every ballgame,” Stinson said.

Inconsistency and inexperience proved too costly Monday night as Pine Bluff lost 9-1 in six innings to Parkers Chapel in the championship game of the Los Toritos Spring Break Tournament.

Parkers Chapel scored five runs in the second, one in the first and sealed the run-rule victory with three runs in the bottom of the sixth.

“We were inconsistent,” Stinson said. “It wasn’t so much on the mound. We made errors in the field and that hurt us.

“… Against a good team, they are going to bury you.”

With one out in the bottom of the sixth, Ryan Dison was hit by a pitch and Alex Taylor reached first on an infield single.

Reagan Cates was hit as well to load the bases and Chris Worthey slapped a two-run single to give the Trojans an 8-1 lead.

After a flyout to left field, John Tyson hit an RBI single to center field for the game’s final run. Tyson led the Trojans with two hits and three RBIs.

“I think we will continue to learn and grow from these games,” Stinson said. “Hopefully that will get us through when we get further into conference play.”

Sophomore Brandon Lowe (6-4), who suffered the loss, lasted just 1 2/3 innings and gave up six runs (four earned) on two hits with five walks and one walk.

Cates pitched a complete game and allowed just one run (earned) on two hits with nine strikeouts and five walks.

Pine Bluff’s only run came in the bottom of the third. With two outs, senior Adam Graham reached on a walk. Sophomore Braylen Jones hit a single and an error by the right fielder allowed Graham to score and for Jones to move to third.

A strikeout by Tyler Smith ended the inning.

Pine Bluff earned a second-place tournament finish for the second time this season. The Zebras lost to White Hall in the championship game of the Billy Bock Classic.

“Anytime you come second in any tournament, you rather have first,” Stinson said. ”But with a young team that we have, it is always a plus.

“It is always a growing point.”

Pine Bluff junior Michael Roberts pitched the final 4 1/3 innings. He allowed three runs (all earned) on two hits with four strikeouts and two walks.

Graham and Jones had the only two hits for the Zebras.

For Parkers Chapel, Worthey finished 1 for 2 with two RBIs and Dison was 1 for 2 with a run scored and an RBI.

Star City 7, Malvern 1

STAR CITY – Austin Powell scattered four hits in 5 1/3 innings work, and the Star City Bulldogs defeated the Malvern Leopards 7-1 Monday afternoon in the third-place game of the Los Toritos Spring Break Tournament.

Powell allowed just one (earned) with six strikeouts and no walks. Garry Hill struck five of the batters he faced to close out the game for the Bulldogs.

Star City (9-2) scored a run in the first, three in the second, two in the third and one in the sixth. Malvern scored a run in the fourth and one in the sixth.

Austin Capps led the way offensively, finishing the day 3 for 4. Star City had 10 hits in the game.

The Bulldogs will host Stuttgart on March 31 at 4:30 p.m.