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Everett takes tourney title

July 3, 2014

Bryant Everett pitcher Beaux Bonvillain throws a pitch in a game earlier this season. Bonvillain got the win in the semifinal game of the Arlington, Tenn. American Legion Tournament on Wednesday. The Everett Black Sox won the tourney with a 2-1 win over the St. Louis Gamers. TONY LENAHAN/The Saline Courier

ARLINGTON, Tenn. – Austin Kelly gave up an unearned run in a complete-game finals win and the Bryant Everett Black Sox needed just three hits for a 2-1 championship game win over the St. Louis Gamers in the Arlington, Tenn. American Legion Tournament.

Everett defeated Elite Sports Academy 4-3 in the semifinal and took down Arkansas Express 4-2 in the quarters.

In the final, Bryant picked up two of the three hits in the bottom of the first inning. Logan Allen led off with a single to center, went to second on Connor Tatum’s ground out and scored on Garrett Misenheimer’s double to left field for the early 1-0 lead.

St. Louis tied it up in the top of the third when the Gamers reached on an error and would eventually score on a wild pitch to make it a 1-1 game. After that, the pitching took over.

Jordan Gentry hit a one-out single in the bottom of the seventh in the tie game. After a strikeout, Cameron Coleman and Jake East walked to load the bases. Allen walked on five pitches to push in the game-winner.
Kelly struck out eight in the win giving up five hits and two walks. Allen, Misenheimer and Gentry all went
1 for 3 for Bryant’s three hits.

Everett 4, Elite Sports Academy 3

The Black Sox held on for their 4-3 win against Elite in the semifinal as they were up 4-1 going into the top of the seventh before Elite scored two. Bryant starter Beaux Bonvillain got the first two outs of the inning before three straight hits resulted in two runs. Kelly relieved and walked the first man he faced before striking out the next to end the game for the save.

The Black Sox went up 1-0 on Dylan Hurt’s double to score Allen, who reached on a leadoff single. Elite tied it up in the top of the second before Everett added two in the bottom of the fourth on East’s 2-run double to make it 3-1. Bryant made it 4-1 the next inning when Misenheimer walked, ended up at third on a passed ball and scored on Jordan Gentry’s single.

Bonvillain got the win giving up three runs on eight hits and three walks in 6.2 innings pitched, and struck out six.

Allen and Hurt each went 2 for 3, East went 1 for 3 with two RBI, Coleman went 1 for 1 with a run and RBI, Gentry went 1 for 2 with an RBI and Hunter Oglesby went 1 for 3.

Everett 4, Arkansas Express 2

Despite managing just four hits, Bryant Everett made them count in a 4-2 victory over Arkansas Express in an exhibition game in Arlington, Tenn., on Wednesday.

After Bryant starter Aaron Orender walked the first batter of the game and hit the second batter, a sacrifice fly and an RBI ground out resulted in two runs for the Express in the first inning. But, Orender wouldn’t allow another run in the game as he shut down Arkansas the rest of the way. Orender got the win pitching a complete-game four-hitter, allowing four walks and striking out one.

Bryant would remain down 2-0 until the bottom of the third. Cameron Coleman singled to start, who went to second on Jake East’s walk. Logan Allen laid down a bunt single to load the bases before Connor Tatum walked with the bases loaded to get Everett within 2-1. Bryant tied it up on Garrett Misenheimer’s squeeze play.

With two outs and the bases still loaded, Jordan Gentry had another bases-loaded walk for the 3-2 Bryant lead and Orender made it 4-2 when he was hit by a pitch the next at bat.

Allen and East each went 1 for 2 with a run, Misenheimer went 1 for 3 with an RBI and Coleman went 1 for 3 with a run.

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