SHERIDAN — University of Arkansas signee Ryan Fant tossed a no-hitter for Texarkana, Texas, against Sheridan’s senior American Legion team in a 4-1 win in the semifinals of the Peoples Bank Wood Bat Classic on Sunday at Oliver Williams Field.
Texarkana went on to defeat Cabot 5-0 in the championship to complete a 4-0 tournament run.
Fant finished the game with seven innings pitched, allowing no hits and no runs with four walks and seven strikeouts. Joe Eggburn pitched well for Sheridan in the loss with 6 1/3 innings pitched, allowing seven hits and four runs (all earned) with three walks and three strikeouts.
Sheridan took the early lead in the second inning on an error at first base. A lineout began the inning and was followed by a walk to Chase Davis. Davis advanced to second on a passed ball with Andrew Clark up to bat. Clark laced a hard ground ball to the first baseman that popped in and out of the glove and into right field, allowing Davis to score from second base.
Sheridan would hold on to the lead up until the fourth inning when Texarkana got the bats going. Taylor Jones tripled to right field to begin the inning and was brought home on a sacrifice fly from Brayden Ward to tie the game.
An infield single and a single to right field put two on with one out for Texarkana and the bats delivered back-to-back RBIs with a single and a sacrifice bunt. With one on and two out, Sheridan’s Evan Thompson gunned down the runner who took off early to third base to end the inning.
The run support, however, was enough for Fant to settle in as he faced the minimum over the next three innings before allowing a walk to Brady Bibb in the seventh. After a sacrifice bunt moved Bibb over to second, Fant struck out the final batter to earn the no-hit bid.
Sheridan stranded five runners throughout the game, with its best opportunity to score in the first inning with two runners on with one out. Fant struck out the next two batters to end the threat.
Jacob Frix led Texarkana at the plate finishing 3 for 3 with one run scored and one RBI, while Nick Anderson, Lavert Paxton and Ward each added an RBI.
Davis collected Sheridan’s only statistic with a run scored as he finished 0 for 1.
Sheridan finished the tournament with a 3-1 record, as did Cabot.