The Pine Bluff Zebras (5-4) took third place in the Star City Baseball Invitational Monday after routing the DeWitt Dragons (3-4) by a final of 15-0. Behind a nice display of hitting, the Zebras used a 15-run rule after the third inning that ended the contest, giving Pine Bluff their fifth win of the season.
Pine Bluff accounted for 12 total hits through three innings, with a number of players recording multiple hits. Rod Stinson Jr. began the onslaught with a double that landed in deep left field, and he was directly followed by Jaylon Deshaizer, who singled to left field. Isiah Mays recorded the third hit, scoring Pine Bluff’s first two runs. Wesley Hunt picked up the Zebras’ fourth hit, allowing them to extend their lead to 5-0 after one inning.
Brandon Little got the start and the win from the pitcher’s mound, and he recorded five KOs. Little was tough for the Dragons to settle in on, and DeWitt only recorded one hit for the entire game.
To begin the second inning, the Zebras were back at the top of their rotation, and they picked up from where they left off. Deshaizer connected for an RBI triple that gave Pine Bluff total control. A few at-bats later, Cameron Crane recorded an RBI double, scoring two runs, and forcing DeWitt to go with a relief pitcher.
In the top of the third, the Dragons weren’t able to accumulate any production, and that gave the Zebras a chance to end the game.
Heading into the bottom of the third, Pine Bluff needed five more runs so that the run-rule would come into effect. Pine Bluff took care of business, and Little ended the game on an RBI double, making himself the seventh Zebra to record a hit on the day.
Pine Bluff had a nice showing at the Star City Invitational, and now they’ll enjoy Spring Break before transitioning into conference play.