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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • American Oilfield Services advances past Laketown Pizza

  • Leadoff hitter Tristan Adams produced three hits and three runs while two-hole batter Matt Cook added two hits and three more runs, leading American Oilfield Services to a 9-6 victory over Laketown Pizza on Tuesday in the 12U semifinals at the Heber Springs Sports Complex.
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  • Leadoff hitter Tristan Adams produced three hits and three runs while two-hole batter Matt Cook added two hits and three more runs, leading American Oilfield Services to a 9-6 victory over Laketown Pizza on Tuesday in the 12U semifinals at the Heber Springs Sports Complex.
    Laketown Pizza took the game’s first lead in the top of the first inning as Brad Stair reached on an error, stole his way around to third and scored on a wild pitch.
    The speedy Adams sparked American Oilfield Services in the bottom of the first, leading off with a single and later scoring from second on a hit and run ground ball to the right side off the bat of Josh Stone.
    With two outs, Alec Kelley reached on an error, advanced to second on a balk and stole third before scoring on a passed ball. Luke Wilson drew a two-out walk and later scored on a wild pitch, extending American Oilfield Services’ lead to 3-1 after one frame.
    Laketown Pizza quickly tied the game back up in the top of the second as Ethan Reynolds walked and scored, then Chandler Dill ripped a double to left field, stole third and scored on a delay steal of home.
    American Oilfield Services stirred up a two-out rally in the bottom of the second, scoring two runs on two hard hits beginning when Adams laced a triple to deep left field. Adams came all the way around to score on a throwing error then Cook pulled a single to left field and turned on the burners following another error – motoring all the way around the base paths for a run.
    Down 5-3, Laketown Pizza used a two-out rally to regain the lead, plating three runs on two hits in the top of the third. Trenton Barnes delivered a two-out RBI single that scored Stair, who walked to start the inning.
    Barnes stole second and later scored on a wild pitch to tie the game and Laketown Pizza took the lead on Hayden Smith’s run-scoring single that brought home Rowdy Fisher, who walked.
    American Oilfield Services jumped back on top in the bottom of the third as Stone singled and scored, then Wilson walked and scored on a wild pitch for a 7-6 lead.
    Pitching in relief, Wilson retired Laketown Pizza in order in the fourth and American Oilfield Services added two insurance runs in the bottom half ignited by Adams, who lined a one-out double down the right field line. Cook drove home Adams by slamming a single up the middle and Cook later scored on a throwing error.
    Stone, who finished with two hits and one run, roped a double to right field before Laketown Pizza got out of the bottom half in time to bat one more time. But they went down silently as American Oilfield Services advanced to the championship game versus eventual champion Good Times Family Restaurant.
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