Lockeroom ousted from tourney

Lockeroom ousted from tourney


Lockeroom ousted from tourney


Mountain Home’s Ryan Czanstkowski delivers to the plate during Lockeroom’s 7-2 loss to Paragould Glen Sain GMC on Sunday at Cooper Park.

Mountain Home’s Ryan Czanstkowski delivers to the plate during Lockeroom’s 7-2 loss to Paragould Glen Sain GMC on Sunday at Cooper Park.

Paragould’s Layne Ditto continued to serve as a one-man wrecking crew for his team during Zone 2 Senior American Legion District Tournament play Sunday.

Ditto drove in six runs one day after pitching 12 innings, and Glen Sain GMC ousted the host Lockeroom team — which left 14 runners on base — with a 7-2, loser’s bracket victory on Lester White Field at Cooper Park.

Paragould (21-15) advanced to face Jonesboro in the late game Sunday night with a state tournament berth at stake. Coach Lester White’s Lockeroom club sees its season come to an end at 25-13 with the loss, one night after White gained his 900th career victory.

Paragould plated four runs on four hits right off the bat, taking a 4-0 lead after a half inning. Logan Reddick doubled to right field and scored on a single by Josh Kester to start the rally.

Kester took an extra base on an error in center field, and after Christian Deen was hit by a pitch, Ditto provided the big blow, a towering three-run home run over left-center field for a 4-0 lead.

Ditto had thrown 136 pitches over his allotted 12 innings during Paragould’s 16-inning, marathon loss to Jonesboro on Saturday.

Lockeroom finally got on the board in the third without a hit. Luke Kruse reached on an error, took second on another error by pitcher Drew Mullins, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly by Matt Robbins.

Glen Sain GMC put three more on the board on three more hits in the fifth to stretch its lead to 7-1. Reddick started the rally again by getting hit by a pitch, Kester drew a walk and Deen singled to load the bases with one out.

Ditto came up with another big hit, driving a bases-clearing double off the fence in dead center field to bring home three runs.

Lockeroom had another big chance turned away in the sixth inning as it was unable to score a single run after having the bases loaded with no outs.

Kruse walked, Kyle Stephens reached on an error, and Robbins singled to left to load the bases. Mullins dug deep and struck out the next two batters, and a groundout ended the Lockeroom threat.

Mountain Home stranded the bases loaded again in the seventh, and had the bases loaded a third time in the eighth with just one out. Mullins answered the call again with another strikeout and a groundout to escape the jam.

Lockeroom scored its final run in the ninth as Sky-Lar Culver walked, moved to third on a ground-rule double by Brody Ninemire, and scored when Austin Jacobelli reached on an error.

Mullins went the distance, striking out seven batters, while allowing just six hits and no earned runs.

Ditto was 3 for 5 with six RBIs, while Ty Gordon was 2 for 4 to lead Paragould.

Ninemire was 2 for 5 to lead Lockeroom at the plate. Ryan Czanstkowski took the loss on the mound for Mountain Home, scattering eight hits and walking six over 52/3 innings. Kruse faced two batters, while Stephens closed the game with three hitless innings.

Winner’s bracket game

Blytheville 6,

Jonesboro 4

The No. 3 seed Casons advanced to the championship game of the tournament and clinched a state tournament berth in the process.

Michael Miller scored on a two-out passed ball in the top of the eighth inning to give the Casons a 5-4 lead. Jemal Washington walked with two outs in the ninth inning, stole second, took third on an error and crossed the plate on a second Jonesboro error, tacking on an insurance run for the Casons.

Justin Mann started for Blytheville and went seven innings, earning the win with just five hits and four runs allowed. Washington tossed the final two innings, allowing just one hit.

Devon Austin took the loss for Jonesboro, allowing five runs over 71/3 innings. Nash Thomas pitched 12/3 innings of relief less than 24 hours after earning a victory for the Ricemen. Thomas had pitched six innings and thrown 90 pitches to conclude a 16-inning victory on Saturday night, and the right-hander allowed one unearned run on Sunday.

Blytheville led 2-0 after Washington and Zack Gray each had hits and scored runs in the top of the third. Mason Gibson gave Jonesboro the lead with a three-run homer in the bottom of the fourth.

Washington and Gray once again had hits and scored runs in the top of the fifth to give Blytheville a 4-3 lead. Jonesboro knotted the score at 4-4 in the bottom of the fifth as Reed Fischbacher was hit by a pitch and later scored on a fielder’s choice.


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