10-year-old All Stars grounded in Gravette
GRAVETTE -- The Carroll County 10-year-old All Star team suffered back-to-back losses in the Cal Ripken District 4 Tournament in Gravette.
After an 18-17 loss to Madison County in the tournament opener Friday night, Carroll County was bounced from the event after an 11-8 setback to Siloam Springs Saturday afternoon.
Carroll County coach Luke Gordon said the squad will likely continue playing with next week's state tournament in Siloam Springs still on tap.
"That's up to the boys and parents," Gordon said. "If they want to go that route I am willing to go. I believe in these boys. There is too much talent there to judge them off that tournament. They have some games under them now and I think they would do fine."
Against Madison County, Carroll County fell behind 7-1 before rallying for nine runs in the fourth inning to take an 11-7 lead.
"That fourth inning was a blowout inning for us," Gordon said "We scored nine and six of those were with two outs. They had switched pitchers in that inning. It was a different look and we started hitting the ball. He walked a few and we got some hits and the runs added up quick."
Huntsville answered with seven runs in the top of the fifth and four more in the sixth before stopping a Carroll County rally in the bottom of the frame.
"We had a runner at third when the game ended," Gordon said. "So we were 60 feet away from tying it up."
Ian Girourd and Tanner Rosales led Carroll County at the plate with two singles each while Jace Walker doubled. JD Smith and Chris Lehr added a single each.
Rosales absorbed the loss not he mound. Rosales surrendered five runs in the fifth without recording an out. Tyler Payne and Riley Gordon finished up the final four innings.
Against Siloam Springs on Saturday, Carroll County fell behind 6-1 in the first inning and never recovered. Carroll County responded with a run in the first and second, two in the third and fourth and a pair in the sixth. But Siloam posted two in the second and three in the third to maintain the advantage.
"We came back focused the next day," Gordon said. "They scored six in the first after we scored one. That kind of deflated us. But we played good ball after that.
Jarrett Stringer took the loss on the mound.
"Jarrett did a good job," Gordon said. "It was just a few minor mistakes behind him that cost us. You don't expect them to be pros. But we didn't make a few plays we should have."
Gordon said the six runs in the first proved to be more than the squad could overcome.
"Take away the first inning and we are right there," he said. "You tell the kids to hold their heads up walking away. They didn't play their best but it was good enough to hang in there."
Jacob McMahan led an 8-hit attack for Carroll County against Siloam Springs with a pair of singles. Walker doubled and Reiley Gordon, Elijah Coffey, Girouard, Walker, Rosales and JD Smith added singles.