Bullets get strong pitching, coin toss to win Zone tourney
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The Remington Bullets are the AA Zone 3 champions by virtue of a coin toss.
The tournament was plagued by rain following the Bullets’ 5-0 win over Stuttgart on Friday at Heber Springs. The finale that night between Heber Springs and Clarksville was rained out. Action on Saturday was also washed away because of heavy downpours.
The Bullets then beat Clarksville 3-0 Sunday to advance to the championship game against North Little Rock, which was scheduled for Tuesday night.
However, more rain cancelled the remainder of the tournament and the Bullets won a coin toss to determine the top seed from Zone 2 for the AA American Legion Tournament, which starts Friday in Harrison.
Remington will play Pangburn in the first round Friday at noon.
Remington avenged an earlier loss to Stuttgart by beating the Ricemen 5-0 in the first round Friday.
Pitcher Mikey Shinn threw a complete-game shutout against the Ricemen. He gave up only two hits while striking out nine. Shinn also allowed four walks in seven innings of work.
Offensively, the Bullets took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Lane Moore singled and scored on a double by Nick Watson.
The Bullets added three runs in the bottom of the third to lead 4-0. With one out, Madison James doubled to right field. Watson then reached on an error. Shane Pepper then reached on a fielder’s choice to load the bases.
Gage Johnson followed with a single to drive in James. Also scoring on the play was Watson.
Pepper scored on a sacrifice fly by Christian James.
The Bullets final run came in the bottom of the sixth. Pierce Johnson reached on an error and eventually scored.
The Bullets finished with nine hits. Moore, Guy Halbert and Gage Johnson had two hits each. Also getting hits were Blake Gooden, Madison James and Watson.
In Remington’s second game, the Bullets beat top seed Clarksville 3-0 on Sunday night.
Bullets pitcher Josh Mathis threw a two-hit, complete-game shutout. He struck out six in seven innings of work. He did not allow a walk.
Remington took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Gooden reached on an error and scored on a batted ball by Moore, who also scored in the inning.
The Bullets added another run in the bottom of the third. Gooden tripled to right field to lead off the inning. He scored on a ground out by Shane Pepper.
The Bullets finished with five hits in the win. Each collecting hits were Pepper, Moore, Halbert, Gooden and Zack Risner.