By MICHAEL ALLEN
LOG CABIN STAFF WRITER
The Bryant Black Sox (13-3) gave Conway NBMC all that it could handle in a 16-6 win at Victory Field on Thursday.
Conway NBMC fell behind 5-1 after the Black Sox added two runs in the top of the third, but the lead wouldn't stand for long. With the bases loaded, Conway NBMC's Tyler Spangler sent a homer over the left field wall. The grand slam was the first one of the by Conway NBMC this season.
"Tyler's grand slam helped us out," Conway NBMC coach Chris Powell said. "That really got us back us in the game and gave us a chance."
Unfortunately for Conway NBMC, that was the last highlight as the Black Sox outscored them 11-1 in the next three innings. Bryant produced two hits and took advance of two Conway NBMC errors to score two runs in the fifth inning.
"Bryant has a good solid team and I'm not going to take anything from them," Powell said. "It came down to untimely errors and not getting the hits at the right time for us. We're not falling apart. ... It's not rocket science. We just have to get more consistent."
For Conway NBMC, Kirby Powell and Chris Rega led the team at the plate by turning in a pair of 2-for-3 performances. Rega scored two runs and Powell had a RBI, which included a double. Matt Lowe also had a RBI double.
"We just have to do an overall job of hitting the ball better," Powell said. "We just have to start getting more of those timely hits also. We had a big 9-6 win the other night in Cabot that went extra innings. We just have to make sure that we play solid defense, stop making mental mistakes, and eliminate the baserunning errors."
Lowe pitched five innings in the loss for Conway NBMC. He finished with three strikeouts, surrendered 13 hits, yielded two walks and gave up nine runs. Jackson Hogue and Lance Nail came in for relief. Nail gave up three hits, three runs, while recording one strikeout in two innings of work.