Crossett was able to outscore Dumas, a win that will send them into the winner’s bracket semifinals of the 15-year-old Babe Ruth state tournament.
Dumas got off to a fast start, scoring six runs in the top of the first inning. Faced with the early deficit, the Crossett coaches remained cool and told the players, “No problem, we have to go up and score like you know we can.”
Cody Kelley went to the plate and worked a walk. Duece Hall and Chase Rice went to the plate and walked the bases full. Trent Pullin struck out, but Nick Bridges had his back and hit a double, driving in three runs. The next two batters struck out, but the Crossett team had come up with three runs to keep the game close.
In the top of the second inning, the first Dumas batter had a fly out. The second reached base on a single, and the third followed suit with another single. With runners on first and second, a Dumas batter had a fly out to right field for Dumas’ second out. A base hit was followed with another base hit, moving a runner to third. Dumas was able to bring in two runners before a strikeout ended their batting for the inning.
In the bottom of the second inning, Crossett’s first batter, Jaylan Lawson, worked the count for a base on balls. Karson McDonald went down on strikes for Crossett’s first out. A walked batter was followed by a stolen second base, and after Hall was walked, Crossett had runners on first and second. Rice likewise took a walk to load the bases. Pullin was able to collect an RBI after he was walked, which forced a runner to walk home from third. A strikeout ended the inning with the score at 8-4, Dumas.