STATE CHAMPS: Jr. Black Sox sweep way through tourney

The Bryant junior Black Sox pose after winning the 2017 Junior American Legion State Title on Tuesday with a 6-3 win over Texarkana at Warrior Field in Conway.  Special to The Saline CourierBryant Black Sox player Ryan Lessenberry takes a cut in an 8-1 win over Fort Smith on Monday in the semifinals. Lessenberry went 2 for 3 with three RBIs in a 6-3 win over Texarkana in the Junior American Legion State Championship on Tuesday in Conway.  TONY LENAHAN/The Saline Courier
Tony Lenahan
Sports Editor

The Bryant junior Black Sox are the 2017 Junior American Legion State champions after defeating the Texarkana Razorbacks 6-3 Tuesday at Warrior Field at Hendrix College in Conway. The Jr. Sox end their season on an 11-game winning streak and finish 23-10 overall.
Bryant swept their way to the championship starting with a 3-0 shutout over Pine Bluff on Friday, routing Williams Benton Tire 14-4 on Saturday, shutting out Sheridan 2-0 on Sunday and handling the Fort Smith Sportsmen 8-1 on Monday before the Black Sox 6-3 triumph over the Razorbacks.
And the Black Sox jumped on them early on Tuesday, putting up a 4-spot in the bottom of the first inning. Leadoff man Logan Catton reached on an error and went to second on a wild pitch before Coby Greiner struck out. But, 3-hole hitter Jake Wright came through with a single to left field to put the Black Sox on the board at 1-0.

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