In a near 4-hour game that can only be described as wild, Seabrook Wingstop outlasted the Pine Bluff Tigers 15-14 in eight innings at the 19-under Dixie Majors State Tournament held on Eddie Bryan Field on Sunday night.
The game saw the two teams combine to use nine pitchers while adding 29 runs, 15 hits, 24 walks, nine hit batters, nine errors, and 23 men left on base.
In a game that saw Wingstop up 10-3 entering the seventh inning, the Tigers rallied all the way back to tie the game. The first two men reached with a walk and a hit-by-pitch. After J’Marlos Johnson bunted the runners over, a passed ball, an error, four straight walks, two passed balls, and an infield single saw the game turn to 10-9.
With one out and momentum on their side, the Tigers pulled a gutsy move and called a suicide squeeze for Tyler Smith. Smith bunted the ball in the air but neither the pitcher nor the shortstop could reach it as Trevor Langford crossed the plate safely.
The game moved on to the eighth inning where even more fireworks occurred.
Pine Bluff loaded the bases with one out and forced a walk to gain the lead for the first time of the night. On the next at bat, Jordan O’Guinn stepped up and hit a two-RBI single to give the Tigers a three-run lead. Smith added another RBI on a groundout as Pine Bluff went up by four with three outs to go for a win.
Seabrook wouldn’t go away quietly.
Jalen Dabner started the inning off getting hit by a pitch. Adrian Alford quickly followed up with a double to left field and Seabrook had runners at second and third with nobody out. An RBI single from Brandon Jones and an error cut the lead to 14-12 later in the inning.
After Pine Bluff switched pitchers, a walk and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases for Seabrook with one out. A sacrifice fly made it a one-run game and Wingstop re-loaded the bases again after another walk and hit-by-pitch. Dabner came back again to bat for the second time in the inning and walked on four straight pitches as Wingstop erupted in celebration.
Jared Carter earned the win for Seabrook as he finished with an inning pitched while giving up one hit and four runs (all earned) with five walks and a strikeout. B. Jones, who started the game led the team with five strikeouts in five and two-thirds innings pitched.
Jones led Wingstop at the plate finishing 3 for 4 with a run scored and two RBIs. Jeffery Jones led the team with three RBIs, including a two-run shot over the left field wall in the first inning.
Pine Bluff was led at the plate by Adam Graham who ended the night 2 for 3 with two runs scored and an RBI. O’Guinn and Smith led the Tigers with two RBIs apiece.
Wingstop moves on to face Camden in an elimination game starting at 4 p.m. today, while Pine Bluff awaits the winner for a one-game, winner-take-all matchup to follow after.
Pine Bluff 9, Camden 6
Earlier Sunday, the Tigers took advantage of three errors, including two costly errors by Camden early in the first inning. With two on and two out, Braylen Jones ripped a three-RBI double over the shallow Camden outfielders to give Pine Bluff the early 3-0 lead and the momentum it needed.
The Tigers went on to add three more runs in the second inning before Camden finally added a run in the bottom half of the inning. The teams traded runs again in the third inning and Camden outscored Pine Bluff 4-2 in the final three innings, but it wasn’t enough as the Tigers won for the third time in the tournament to remain undefeated.
Pine Bluff’s Aaron McDonald went 2 for 3 while Camden was led at the plate by Jake Beaver, who finished 2 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI.
J’Marlos Johnson was credited with the win after pitching five innings,allowing four hits with three strikeouts.