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Gwatney Chevy keeping busy this summer

The Jacksonville Gwatney Chevrolet American Legion kids are certainly staying busy this summer.

With a roster full of young players, the junior and senior teams use many of the same players.

All the extra playing time has only seemed to help the junior team as they ran their record up to 17-2 Monday night with a 3-1 win over Benton. The juniors also swept a double-header over Sheridan on Saturday afternoon 10-9 and 9-5. The senior team fell 6-2 to a surging Cabot Centennial Bank team last week and 8-3 against Russellville over the weekend.

Zach Watkins and Josh Cook looked good on the mound in the wins, while getting just enough run support.

Trevor Ransom’s big bat has been heating up lately, knocking in two runs at Sheridan and two more Monday night against Benton at Dupree Park.

The junior team received timely hits all weekend in earning their wins. Brandon Hickingbotham joined Ransom with a two-run double in the first win against Sheridan. Tyson Flowers found himself at the plate with the bases loaded in the second game and promptly cleared them all with a three-run double. Hickingbotham also had an RBI single in the second game, while Flowers singled and scored in the opener.

The senior Chevy Boys struggled a bit at the plate against Cabot and Russellville. Jacksonville had just four hits in the loss to Cabot; two of those came from Derek St. Clair. St. Clair drove in Jacksonville’s first run in the seventh inning, followed by Troy Allen being hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to set the final margin. At Russellville, Jacksonville ran into a buzz saw in starting pitcher Jacob Barker, who fanned 11 Chevy Boys in the complete game.

The senior team will host some top teams this weekend in the Jacksonville Classic. Jacksonville’s first game was Wednesday night against the powerhouse North Little Rock Colts.

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