BRYANT — Michael Newby was two outs away from a perfect game as he struck out 11 batters and did not allow a single hit in the Pine Bluff Braves 3-1 win over the Conway Catfish Sunday at Bishop Park.
It was the first of a double header as the Braves defeated Bryant 4-2 in the second game for the doubleheader sweep.
Conway’s lone run came in the bottom of the seventh inning thanks to a walk, a hit batter and error. Pine Bluff managed eight runs on seven hits in the first game — scoring four runs in the sixth and three in the seventh.
James Mitchell is credited with the win for the second game after three scoreless innings. He allowed just two hits before giving way to Ty Houser who pitched two innings of relief, allowing one run and two hits.
Pine Bluff will return to Bishop Park on Sunday to face the North Little Rock Ashcats, which is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m.