Morrow’s big day on the plate with others helps Senior Sox win two – Bryant Daily
Colby Morrow has had a day.
The Bryant Black Sox first baseman had five hits and registered six of the two senior American Legion wins the team claimed on Tuesday night at Bryant High School Field.
The Sox took a 7-0 lead in the first two innings en route to a 9-5 victory over defending state champions, Fort Smith Sportsman, then racked up an 11-0 lead in the first inning en route to a 20-3 to let off steam on the Sheridan Yellowjackets in nightcaps.
(In between, Fort Smith defeated Sheridan 11-0.)
In the first game, Morrow had two hits and two touchdowns at the end of the second inning. Ryan Riggs had three hits and scored two. Logan White added two hits. Blaine Sears threw three scoreless innings of relief behind Will Hathcote and Tyler Bates.
In Game 2, Morrow had three hits and four RBIs. Conner Martin, Lawson Speer and Logan White each had two hits and Speer brought home five. Brandon Thomisee, Hayden Thompson and Drew Hatman combined a one-hit shutout with Sheridan’s lone hit to come in the fourth inning of the four-inning game.
The win took the Sox to 16-7 this season ahead of tonight’s trip to Russellville.
Bryant 9, Fort Smith 5
Bryant scored three times in the first after Hathcote rounded a battered batter and a stroke into the infield early in the inning. Speer’s brace started the round. White’s bloop on the right fell for a hit as Speer held second place just in case the ball was caught. But Riggs got perfect cushioning and the bases were loaded.
Speer scored on wild ground and, with one putout, Morrow doubled in the other two with a long drive to the base of the wall in the center.
In the second, Sears was hit by a pitch with an out and Speer walked on a walk. While White waited for a free pass, a pair of wild throws brought in Sears. With runners in the first and third row, Fort Smith starter Steffan Fak fell back, allowing Speer to score.
With two downs, Conner Martin shot a single to the left to tackle the Whites. Morrow’s second hit was a Grounder on the right. Ethan Andrews topped the score with a single RBI down center left.
Led 7-0, Fort Smith took advantage of a one-out error to score four points. Tanner Callahan’s first of three doubles in the game scored two, then, with two strikeouts and going 0-2, Eli Reichert scored two more to make it 7-4.
Bates, who won the final in the third, allowed an unearned run in the fourth. A one-out error put Hayden Roark in second and, with two strikeouts, Callahan’s second brace tackled the point.
Fort Smith had a superb 3-6-3 double play in the third to wipe out a walk with an out at Sears. Late in the fourth, Riggs hit a double with a left out and, with two downs, Morrow was hit with a pitch. But reliever Kent Carlisle got the third out without allowing a point.
Sears took over on the mound in the fifth and called the team out in order with two strikeouts. Late in the inning, the Sox added some confidence when Carlisle propelled Luke Dreher and Hatman. Sears sacrificed them in second and third, then, with two downs, White scored in one point and Riggs scored another to establish the final score.
Sears bypassed a two-out error in the start of the sixth, then bypassed Callahan’s third double-bagging to close him in seventh.
Bryant 20, Sheridan 3
Technically, it was an 18-3 win as the Sox enforced the 15-point rule after 3 points when the Whites scored the first point on Cade Parker’s three-point brace.
Thomisee pitched two perfect innings, then Thompson walked on a walk with two outs in the third, hitting the side.
Bryant had 12 walks, three batters touchdowns and three errors with 12 hits. Six of the walks, two of the hitters touched and two of the errors came first during those 11 points.
A bad-hop single from Martin led into the first run. After four straight walks that produced three more runs, Sears made it 5-0 with a sacrifice fly to the right.
With two strikeouts, Riggs hit a single. Noah Davis was hit by a pitch for the second time in the inning and Sheridan finally made a pitcher change after starter Beau Kuttenkuler threw his 46e not from the sleeve.
New pitcher Landon Kizer pushed Martin to force in a run, then Morrow hit a double to the left to clear the goals. Speer picked him, and it was 11-0.
Kizer put the team out in order in the second, but in the third Martin started a lift with a hit inside the field. Morrow hit a single and then Speer hit a long double that saw them both score. White’s RBI single made it 14-0.
The Sox nearly put a stop to it as Andrews and Sears walked to load the sacks again, but Kizer allowed Parker to crash into third place to end the inning.
Hatman took the mound at the top of the fourth and ceded the singles to Jackson Sorey, Lawson Guthrie and Evan Ward with one out. A wandering throw at home allowed a run to score on War’s hit. Caleb Patrick made it 14-2 with a sacrifice ball, then a stray pitch in the first on a Grounder in the second allowed the third point to score. Hatman got the final on a comebacker.
So the Sox “had to” strike once more and still applied the rule of the race. The bottom of the fourth started with walks to Riggs and Davis. With one withdrawal, Morrow chose Riggs. With two downs, White and Andrews each hit RBI singles to bring the score to 17-3. Sears was hit by a pitch to charge the goals for Parker, who closed the gap down center left for the late-game brace.