Hunter’s Elite fell short in their first game of the Arkansas Dixie Majors State Tournament Friday by a score of 3-2 against Camden.
Brandon Little and Braelin Hence were walked in the first inning. Blake Hence hit a RBI groundout to drive in Little for the first score of the game.
In the second inning, Camden’s Ross Rogers hit a double and Thomas Prince followed with an RBI single to tie the game 1-1. A batter was walked in the third inning before Jamison Miller hit an RBI double to take a 2-1 lead against Hunter’s Elite.
The Elite would bounce back to tie the game in the fourth inning as Jaylen Jackson smashed a solo home run to left field.
In the sixth inning, with a runner on third, Jordan Sample hit a single to score the run and give Camden a 3-2 advantage. Andrew Morgan hit a single in the seventh inning and was replaced by Bernard Black to pinch run.
Brandon Little laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Black to third but Braelin Hence struck out to end the game. Jordan O’Guinn pitched five inning for the Elite.
O’Guinn finished with 12 strikeouts allowing only three hits. Rod Stinson Jr. came in as a relief striking out two batters and allowing only two hits. Andrew Morgan led at the plate with two hits.
That loss put Hunter’s Elite in a win or go home position heading into day two of the tournament.
Saturday’s first game of the 19U bracket featured Prescott and Camden. Prescott handed Camden a 4-0 loss, and they would move on to play their second game against Hunter’s Elite.
Sunday's first game of the 19U bracket would be determined by the night game on Saturday.