Smith’s one-hitter forces third game of LL district series

WHITE HALL — Led by pitcher Spencer Smith, White Hall forced a Game 3 with a 10-0, four-inning win over Pine Bluff Western in the Little League 11- and 12-year-old district series held at White Hall City Park on Thursday.

Game 3 was set to immediately follow the conclusion of game 2.

White Hall, playing as the visitor, struck early scoring three runs in the first inning. Ben Bowers l ed the game off with a first pitch double to left-centerfield and Smith reached on an error. After back-to-back pop outs, Matt Rush ripped a two-RBI double to score Bowers and Smith. Rush went on to score on a wild pitch later in the inning.

White Hall added four more runs in the second inning to take control of the game. An infield single from Peyton Ursery and a double by Mason Brinkley put runners at second and third to start the inning. After a strikeout, Bowers grounded out to the second baseman allowing Ursery to score to give White Hall a 4-0 lead.

Smith stepped up to the plate and smacked an RBI single to center field, while Colby Donaldson and J.J. Johnson forced walks to force a pitching change for Western. Smith and Donaldson would later score on an errant throw to make it 7-0 in favor of White Hall.

The biggest hit for White Hall came off a Smith at bat in the third inning when he launched a first-pitch, three-RBI homerun over the left field wall to give White Hall a 10-0 lead.

White Hall ended the game in the fourth inning on a double-play as the sportsmanship rule came in affect.

Smith stayed in control on the mound throughout the game while allowing Western just one hit. Smith earned the win as he finished with four innings pitched while allowing the one hit with three walks and six strikeouts. Western’s Jordan Tillman took the loss for Pine Bluff.

Along with pitching a complete game, Smith led White Hall offensively finishing 2 for 3 with three runs scored and four RBIs. Rush added a 2-for-2 performance with a run scored and two RBIs.

Tyler Brown collected Western’s only hit with a blooper to center field in the third inning to break up the no-hitter.