Digest for 05-01-14


LOCAL

Zebras rout Eagles

LITTLE ROCK — A nine-run first inning helped the Pine Bluff baseball team to a run-rule win over J.A. Fair on Wednesday afternoon.

Pine Bluff improved to 11-9 overall and 4-7 in 7A/6A-South play with the 17-7, six-inning win.

Several Zebras had big games led by Brandon Little, who finished 3 for 3 with three runs scored and an RBI. Jaylon DeShazier was 1 for 1 with a run scored and two RBIs, Kennan Beckford had two hits in three trips to go with a pair of runs scored and two RBIs while Ti’Ran Compton added a hit, a run and two RBIs.

Blake Hence had a game-high three RBIs for the Zebras.

Ricebirds fall to Greyhounds

STUTTGART — The Stuttgart baseball team dropped its final game before the 2-4A District tournament on Wednesday afternoon.

Stuttgart’s 7-1 loss to Newport means the Ricebirds will be the No. 4 seed in the tournament. They will open play with a 7:30 p.m. game Thursday against No. 5 seed Batesville Southside in Lonoke.

In Wednesday’s loss, Blake Marks provided Stuttgart’s lone run with an RBI single in the first inning.

Hunter extends hit streak in Tigers’ win

CHICAGO — Pine Bluff native Torii Hunter extended his hitting streak to eight games and scored the opening run as Detroit Tigers picked up its fourth win in its last five games.

Bryan Holaday’s two-run double fueled a four-run fourth inning as the Tigers defeated the Chicago White Sox, 5-1, on Wednesday.

The Tigers opened the scoring in the fourth when Hunter, who finished 1 for 5, stroked a fly ball that eluded Adam Eaton in center field at the warning track for a lead-off double. He moved over to third after Cabrera’s grounder made its way to left to put runners on the corners. Victor Martinez hit a sacrifice fly to center field to plate Hunter.

Starter Max Scherzer (3-1) tossed six scoreless innings, scattering four hits, three walks, and seven strikeouts to earn the win.

Dayan Viciedo went 2 for 4 with two doubles and a run scored. Tyler Flowers’ single drove in Chicago’s only run as the White Sox have now dropped two straight.

NATIONAL

Winston suspended from baseball team

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Reigning Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, a two-sport star at Florida State, was suspended from the baseball team Wednesday after receiving a citation for taking food from a supermarket without paying for it.

Winston walked out of an area Publix on Tuesday night with $32.72 worth of crab legs and crawfish and later told sheriff’s deputies he forgot to pay for the food, Major Michael Wood of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office said.

The 20-year-old redshirt sophomore was issued a civil citation, which Wood described as a pre-arrest diversion program implemented to keep first-time offenders who have committed non-violent minor crimes out of the criminal justice system. Wood said anyone meeting that criteria is eligible for the program.

Winston has seven days to make arrangements to serve 20 hours of community service. If he doesn’t complete the program the case will be diverted to the state attorney’s office and Winston would likely be charged with petty theft, Wood said.

Florida State athletic department rules say a student-athlete with a civil citation is eligible to practice and compete and that it’s up to the head coach whether they are permitted to do so.

The length of Winston’s suspension was not announced.

Rangers slip past Flyers in Game 7

NEW YORK — Henrik Lundqvist outdueled Steve Mason, Dan Carcillo and Benoit Pouliot tallied in the second period, as the New York Rangers outlasted the Philadelphia Flyers, posting a 2-1 victory in the deciding Game 7 of this Eastern Conference quarterfinal.

One night after being yanked after two periods in a 5-2 defeat, Lundqvist stopped 26 shots, only letting a Jason Akeson third-period shot slip by him en route to upping his all-time Game 7 record to 4-1.

Carcillo and Pouliot lit the lamp within an 8:40 span for the Rangers, who have had to endure a seven-game series in the first round in each of the last three seasons but won each time.

At times the only serviceable player on the ice, Mason stood tall and made 31 saves for the Flyers, who had won each of their last Game 7s dating back to 2008.