Braves blow away Catfish in Bryant


BRYANT — An 11-run second inning made up more than half of the Pine Bluff Braves’ scoring Sunday in a 17-0, four-inning victory over the Conway Catfish in Bishop Park.

The win is the Braves’ third consecutive shutout, the longest such streak in the team’s 63-year history, and their eighth win in a row. The 11-run inning tied a season high.

Pine Bluff’s staff of Chase Smith and Deonta Howard limited the Catfish to two hits. Conway did itself more damage by committing three errors, including losing two fly balls in the sun during the big inning.

Smith, pitching in his third straight game, struck out four in three innings and gave up one hit in 10 batters faced, one more than the minimum. Howard retired all three batters in the final inning. The game was called afterward due to the time limit.

Nic Anderson had a two-run hit to left field to score Sebastian Stargell Jr. and Howard and Howard in the first inning.

Seventeen Braves went to the plate in the second inning. Sebastian Stargell Sr., Stargell Jr., Ty Houser and Smith each scored twice in the uprising.

Stargell Jr. went 2 for 3 with five RBIs. Anderson batted 3 for 4 and drove in three runs. Earl White Jr. and Stargell Sr. drove in two runs apiece.