Opp All-Stars win first game of World Series

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Opp’s 12U All-Stars have had a strong showing thus far, winning their first game but falling the second in the 2015 Cal Ripken Major/60 World Series in Monticello, Ark.

In the first game, Opp squared off with Warren, Ark., and cruised to a 15-3 victory.

Lane Ballard led off the contest with a double, and scored the first run of the game on off a fielder’s choice hit by Payton Ellis.

After drawing a walk, Jesse Coon scored made the score 2-0, by scoring on a throwing error by the Warren first baseman.

One batter later, Chandler Pyron got singled to score Hal Smithart for a 3-0 Opp lead.

In the bottom of the second, Ellis gave up a leadoff walk, but Coon cut the runner down a heading to second on sacrifice bunt from the following batter. Ellis then picked up a strikeout for the second out before walking the bases loaded. Ellis escaped the inning after snagging a line drive up the middle for the third out.

Opp piled on the runs in the top of the second inning to take an 11-0 lead.

With one out in the inning, Brady James crushed a home run over the fence in left field.

Ballard drew a walk and came around to score on an error off the bat of Ellis.

Coon made the score 7-0 with a two-RBI double that scored Trey Boutwell and Ellis.

Pyron drove in Coon two batters later for an 8-0 lead. Case Short followed with a single to center that scored Horn. Thomas Glisson then put the Bobcats up 11-0 with a two-run double that scored Pyron and Short.

Ellis was sharp in the bottom of the second, as he struck out the side to keep the score 11-0.

In the bottom of the third, James came in to pitch for Opp and picked up two strikeouts before loading the bases on a two singles and a walk.

Warren broke onto the scoreboard for the first time off a wild pitch, and then added two more runs off an error and a bases loaded walk.

After giving up the bases loaded walk, James responded by getting the next batter to strikeout swinging to end the inning.

Smithart drew a walk to start the top of the fourth, and later came around to score on a passed ball to give Opp a 12-3 advantage.

In the bottom of the fourth, James picked up two more strikeouts and kept the score at 12-3.

Opp added three more runs in the top of the fifth inning when Ballard scored on an error of the bat of Smithart, Horn drove in a Boutwell and Coon with a single to put Opp on top 15-3.

James struck out the side in order in the bottom of the fifth to give Opp a 15-3 victory.

On Sunday, Opp matched up with the Pacific Southwest All-Stars, but fell in a hard-fought contest, 5-4.

The Opp All-Stars came roaring out of the gate and loaded the bases up with one out in the top of the first inning.

Smithart drew a bases loaded walk to score the first run of the game, and Horn followed with a RBI single that scored Ellis easily from third.

Coon and Smithart scored two batters later on a passed ball to give Opp a 4-0 lead.

Smithart started on the mound for Opp, and Pacific Southwest loaded up the bases with one out. Smithart wasn’t rattled one bit, and struck out the next batters looking to end the first inning.

In the bottom of the second inning, Pacific Southwest cut into the lead after a one-out walk led to a two-run home run two batters later. Smithart remained sharp and picked up his third, fourth and fifth strikeouts of the game.

The score remained 4-2 until a run scoring single in the bottom of the fifth for Pacific Southwest cut the Opp lead to 4-3.

Opp nearly put another run on the board in the top of the sixth inning, but Short was forced out at the plate on a ground ball from Ballard to end the threat.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Pacific Southwest tied up the contest on the second pitch of the inning with a home run over the fence in center field.

Pacific Southwest’s next batter reached on an error and then a bean ball and walk loaded the bases.

Pacific Southwest took advantage, and the lead runner scored the winning run a passed ball for the walk off victory.