Monday, June 17, 2024

High school baseball: Benton looks for another upset in quarterfinals

by Russell Hedges
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The Benton Tigers are looking for another upset on the road in the quarterfinals of the non-select Division I playoffs.

Benton (29-9), the No. 13 seed, is scheduled to open their best-of-3 series at No. 5 St. Amant (26-10) at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Game 2 is scheduled for Saturday at 1. Game 3, if necessary, will follow at 4.

Benton is in the quarterfinals for the first time since moving up to Class 5A in 2020.

The Tigers swept their two playoff opponents, defeating No. 20 Denham Springs at home in the first round and No. 4 Dutchtown on the road in the second.

The Tigers pitching staff has been dominant, giving up just two runs and 11 hits in the four games.

Thomas Allen has pitched two complete games. Kade Bryant has pitched one. He also went 7 2/3 innings in the 1-0 Game 1 victory over Denham Springs.

Benton has gotten big hits from players up and down the lineup.

St. Amant had a bye in the first round. The Gators needed three games to defeat No. 12 Covington in the second.

St. Amant won the first game 1-0, lost the second 5-4 and took the third 13-3.

The Gators reached the quarterfinals last year, falling to No. 1 seed and eventual runner-up West Monroe in two games. St. Amant was the Class 5A runner-up in 2022.

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