Bullets advance in state tournament

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<p>Trevor Ransom scores one of the Bullets&#8217; two runs against Lakeside on Saturday. (Staff photo by Mark Buffalo)</p>
<p>Remington shortstop Chris Hart tries to turn a double play after forcing out Lake Hamilton&#8217;s Drew Dodson during the Bullets&#8217; 9-2 win over the Wolves in the first round of the state Class AA American Legion baseball tournament. (Staff photo by Mark Buffalo)</p>
<p>Bullets catcher Madison James looks up after making a diving catch against Lakeside on Saturday. (Staff photo by Mark Buffalo)</p>
<p>Nick Watson is congratulated by coach Steve Moore after his solo homer against Lake Hamilton in the first round of the state Class AA American Legion baseball tournament Friday. (Staff photo by Mark Buffalo)</p>

BRYANT — The Remington Bullets stayed alive in the Class AA American Legion state tournament with an 8-6 come-from-behind win over Harrison in an elimination game Sunday.

Remington will play Hot Springs Village in the loser’s bracket Friday at 4:30 p.m. at Bryant High School.

After leading 2-0, the Bullets gave up six runs in the top of the fifth to trail 6-2. Remington got those runs back in the bottom of the fifth to take an 8-6 lead.

Deric Herring led off with a single. Guy Halbert followed with one of his own. Lane Moore then got the third single of the inning to load the bases for Chris Hart.

Hart then doubled to left field, driving in Herring and Halbert while Moore went to third. Madison James then tripled to right field, forcing in Moore and Hart with the game-tying runs.

Two batters later, Christian James walked and stole second. Reid McKenzie then grounded out to the shortstop, driving in Madison James with the go-ahead run. Shane Pepper then doubled to left field, driving in Christian James with the Bullets’ sixth run of the frame.

Moore then retired the next six Harrison batters to seal the victory.

Remington took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Herring was hit by a pitch and eventually scored on a ground out by Moore.

The Bullets’ second run came in the second inning. Christian James singled and eventually scored.

Moore was 3-for-4 to lead the Bullets. Herring and Christian James each scored two runs.

Moore got the win in relief of Hart and Halbert. He pitched 2 1/3 innings, allowing no runs and no hits. He struck out three.

Lakeside 6, Remington 2

The Remington Bullets couldn’t muster any offense as they lost to the Hot Springs Lakeside Rams 6-2 on Saturday in the second round of the Class AA state tournament.

The Bullets had only five hits and two runs as Lakeside pitcher Logan Derosier struck out 12 in his team’s win.

Derosier gave up only three walks.

The Rams scored single runs in the first and second innings and then erupted for four runs in the bottom of the fourth to lead 6-0.

The Bullets came back with two runs in the top of the fifth. With one out, Reid McKenzie walked. Trevor Ransom followed with a double to left field. Deric Herring then singled, driving in McKenzie and pushing Ransom to third, who eventually scored on a passed ball.

Herring led the Bullets with two hits. Guy Halbert, Christian James and Ransom had one hit each.

Remington 9, Lake Hamilton 2

Remington’s Nick Watson saved one of his best offensive games for the Class AA American Legion state tournament.

Watson hit a solo homer, finishing 2-for-2 with two runs scored and three RBIs as the Bullets beat Lake Hamilton 9-2 in the first round of the state tournament Friday afternoon.

Watson’s other hit was an RBI single in the fifth inning.

Watson’s solo homer in the bottom of the third tied the game at 1-1.

The Wolves scored a single run in the top of the fourth to lead 2-1. The Bullets then scored six runs in the bottom of the fourth. Guy Halbert, Lane Moore, Madison James, Watson, Christian James and Shane Pepper each scored to give the Bullets a 7-2 lead.

Remington added two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Moore reached on an error and scored on a single by Watson. Chris Hart also scored in the inning.

The Bullets finished with nine hits. Halbert, Moore and Watson had two hits each. Pepper, Hart and Christian James had one hit each.

Halbert earned the win in relief of Pepper. He escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fourth. He did not allow a hit in 3 1/3 innings, striking out four and allowing only one walk.

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