Braves salvage game in opening series


The Pine Bluff Braves eclipsed a season high in runs in the first inning alone.

A 10-run frame got the semipro team going Sunday in a 15-10 victory over the West Chase Express Cougars of Houston at Regional Park. West Chase, which had won the first two of the three-game series, never led after giving up the 1-0 lead, but scored big in the third with four runs, two in the fifth and three in the ninth.

Brian Briles worked the first five innings and struck out four while giving up eight of the Cougars’ 12 hits. (The Braves had 14.)

Mason Reynolds, an Arkansas Tech player, struck out five in the final four innings to close the deal. He went undefeated with the Braves last year.

Sebastian Stargell Jr. and Dillon Miller each scored twice and drove in two runs in the 10-run first. Derrick Houser, Daryl Broady and Briles each drove in a run in the inning.

Corey McCoy scored twice over the first two innings and knocked in Trey Stargell.

Briles went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and two stolen bases. Deonta Howard and Jordan Stargell each drove in a run.

The Cougars’ Chad Romere struck out six and allowed one hit in the fourth through sixth innings. Jamell Blue struck out four in the final two innings and held Pine Bluff to one hit.