Over the course of three innings last Tuesday Booneville pitcher Brady Brasher had a chance to record a save, pick up a win and suffer a loss.
In the end he took a no decision as the opener of a double header between the West and East all star teams finished in a 10-10 tie.
Brasher came on in the fifth with the West leading 7-6 and County Line’s Cole Leavell as the pitcher of record. In his first inning of work, with two down, Brasher hit Logan Smallwood of Woodlawn and Josh Winfield of Spring Hill rolled a ball just between Magazine’s Shaeffer Loyd and the West first baseman but when Smallwood tried to go first to third, Loyd threw him out by plenty.
After the West went in order in the bottom of the inning Brasher gave up a hit to Dylan Bradley of Bald Knob before Loyd turned in his second defensive gem to erase Sam Edwards of Jonesboro. A walk to Ken DeWitt of McCrory and a popup by River Hunt of Sylvan Hills gave Brasher a chance to get out of it but an error prolonged the inning and Haven Hunter singled home the tying, but unearned run.
The game no longer a three inning save opportunity, Brasher had the lead when he retook the mound as Trace Beene of Nashville walked, stole second and moved to third on an errant throw. He scored on a passed ball to make it 8-7.
Brasher, who was 9-2 for the Bearcats this year, got into trouble in the seventh when he hit Smallwood again and Winfield and Bradley both doubled and Edwards singled and it was 10-8.
Looking at a loss Brasher was rescued in the bottom of the inning, from a familiar face. After Michael McAdoo of Greenland singled, Chris Bass of Vilonia came on to run. After two were down, Bass scored on a double by Booneville’s Hayden Fennell. Fennell moved to third on a passed ball. Fennell scored on a single by Wichita State signee Paxton Wallace of Greenbrier.
Brasher was done for the night, though he was anticipating a possible at bat before a 9:30 curfew terminated the game after five innings though it was 9:22 after the fifth.
When the fourth inning started, Fennell, who played left in the opener was in shortstop and Loyd was back at second.
It was a 2-2 game at that point with Zach Dillard of Lamar on the mound. A three run triple by North Little Rock’s Nick Butler and a single by Cade Tucker of Conway gave the East a 6-2 lead.
That wouldn’t stand up because in the top of the fifth mainly because the East committed four errors – they had six in the game. The first let Leavell reach to open the inning.
There was also some timely hitting as Loyd singled home a run on a play that also included and error and Smallwood singled with two down on a play in which there was another error. Scranton’s William Silveria plated a run with a sacrifice fly to center to tie the game.
In the bottom of the inning Gavin Stone of Riverside doubled home a run and Bradley singled home two more to make it 9-6 and after Denver Mullins of Cabot struck out, the game was called.
Joining the three South Logan County players at the game was Magazine’s Randy Loyd, father of Shaeffer as an assistant coach.
Logan County was also represented by Scranton’s Silveria and County Line – the high school is on the Logan side of the line – coach Ryan Casalman and Leavell.
Booneville’s Whitney Tatum was selected for the West cheer squad but decided not to attend.
Booneville linebacker Caleb Draper was added to the West football roster and started in a game the East won easily 55-14.