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Gwatney loses in pool play

The Jacksonville AAA Gwatney Chevy Boys won a pair of games in the Sheridan Wood Bat Classic in Sheridan last week, but ended the tournament on a down note.

Jacksonville won their first two games of the tournament against Hot Springs Lakeside and Benton, then lost to Russellville in pool play.

That made Russellville the team from that pool to advance, but they chose not to come back on Sunday for bracket play, so Jacksonville advanced.

Jacksonville couldn’t get the bats going against Russellville and lost 3-0, then came back Sunday and committed four errors that led to several unearned runs in an 8-2 loss to Cabot.

Gwatney’s win over Benton on Saturday was a solid one however, with the Chevy Boys knocking off a talented team 9-2.

Courtland McDonald and Blake Perry each had big games and they came through in the first inning. McDonald led off with a single, was sacrificed to second and then scored on a single by Perry.

In the second inning, McDonald roped a two-run double to center that scored James Tucker and Laderrious Perry. D.J. Scott scored on a bases-loaded walk to Greg Jones, McDonald scored on a wild pitch and Blake Perry knocked another RBI to score Ryan Mallison to give Gwatney a 6-0 lead.

Gwatney added insurance runs later thanks to some wild pitching and a pair of errors by Benton

Jacksonville’s pitching was just fine though, as Brandon Hawkins got the start on the mound and picked up the win with a solid five innings of work, giving up just three hits in the contest.

Jacksonville will be back on the field today as they begin the Gwatney Chevrolet Invitational.

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