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Bentonville takes advantage of North Randall County

By By Ryan Satcher / staff writer
August 3, 2002
Bentonville (Ark.) took advantage of mistakes by North Randall County (Texas) to win 7-1 the first game of the Babe Ruth Southwest Regional Baseball Tournament held at Scaggs Field on the campus of Meridian Community College.
Bentonville scored two runs in the first to take an early lead in the game and later scored three runs in the fifth to give them some breathing room late in the game.
North Randall was only able to scratch out two hits against Bentonville. Ryan Lee pitched six strong innings and allowed just one run and two hits to pick up the win. Seth Tucker closed the game out with a perfect seventh inning.
Bentonville used walks, errors and wild pitches to score two runs in the top of the first inning. Ben Wallace walked and stole second with one out in the inning. Lee followed with a grounder to the mound. The pitcher fielded the ball and had Wallace caught off second. After running towards Wallace a few steps the pitcher decided to throw to first and his toss was off target to allow Wallace to got to third. Lee moved to second.
Lee and Wallace later scored on wild pitches. Chase Clark and Austin Chapman reached on walks and Nick Payne had an infield hit, but Bentonville left the bases loaded.
North Randall answered with a run in the bottom of the first. Marcus Bellar started the inning with a walk and stole second. After a sacrifice bunt by Tomas Cruz, Cole Stephens came through with an RBI single. A double play got Bentonville out of the inning.
The scored remained 2-1 until the fifth inning. Walters got a single and moved to second on a throwing error. Wallace walked and then North Randall once again made a costly error. Lee grounded to first and the first baseman's throw to second for the force went into the outfield allowing Walters to score. Clark followed with a two-run single to make the score 5-1 after five.
Bentonville scored again in the sixth when Pierre Poquette reached on an error and was later singled in by Jamie Harrington. Bentonville also scored a run in the seventh. Wallace doubled and moved to third when the outfielder missed the cutoff man. Lee followed with a groundout to bring in the final run of the game and give Bentonville a 7-1 win.
Bentonville is off until Sunday when it will play next against Tri-County (Texas) at 11 a.m. while North Randall will square off with Southeast Oklahoma today at 2 p.m.

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