Three was not the magic number in the four games played Wednesday at Roughrider Field in the first day of the Premier Junior Championship.

Three was not the magic number in the four games played Wednesday at Roughrider Field in the first day of the Premier Junior Championship.
All four losing teams finished scoring three runs.
In the nightcap, the Arlington A’s Acton fell behind 3-0 early after starting pitcher Mason Hilton struggled mightily with his control.
However, reliever Trevor Mott gave a Herculean effort in long relief and the A’s pieced together two runs in the third and four in the fifth to earn a 6-3 come-from-behind victory over Building Champions Grey in Pool I play.
Borrowing a page from that would-be great sports writer Charles Dickens, it was a tale of two games in the heat at Roughrider Field.
Mott brought the heat himself and silenced the Champions Grey — he finished with 66 pitches and nearly 70 percent of them went for strikes, leading to seven strikeouts over 4 2/3 innings. Mott allowed only a pair of hits and he gave out just a pair of walks. In fact, he gave up just one hit and walked just one batter until the final two batters he faced. Mott walked the first and the last batters … otherwise, he was as sharp as a tack.
Cole Sibowski led off the seventh with a single and Notre Dame commit Carter Putz worked a 10-pitch walk (that’s about 1/6th of Mott’s total pitches).
Calling on Micah Dallas in relief, he induced John Raybourn — the first batter he faced — into a momentum-changing double play, as second baseman Payne Rodgers tagged out Putz and fired on to first to retire Raybourn for the twin-killer.
Down to the final out, Jackson Caley grounded out to end it.
Oklahoma commit Willie Dennis — who received all forms of friendly jeers from the team from Arlington — took the loss, allowing six runs (three earned) on three hits over five innings. Dennis struck out four and walked five.
Walks and errors — errors for at least Champions Grey — told the story of a game where both teams combined for a mere eight hits.
Starting pitchers Hilton and Dennis combined to walk 11 batters and Champions Grey committed two errors that contributed to the Arlington A’s taking control of the game.
In the Champions Grey second, a couple of walks and a sacrifice led to a Putz two-run double. Putz was thrown out at third or the damage could have been even more. Raybourn singled and three consecutive walks led to a 3-0 edge.
Blake Burrows’ triple roped to right plated two and produced an one-run game.
Two walks, an error, and a passed ball gave the Arlington A’s the lead for good.
The Arlington A’s won a pair of close games Wednesday, earning a 2-0 win in their early game against the Nebraska Sluggers at Missouri Southern’s Warren Turner Field.

Allen Baseball 11, Nebraska Sluggers 3
In the third game of the day at Crowder, Allen used a seven-run outburst in the bottom of the fourth to blow open what had been a 4-3 game entering that fateful half-inning.
The big inning was highlighted by Derek Pena’s three-run double, which closed out the scoring in style. That was his only hit of the game and he made it a huge one.
Jeffrey Mercado led Allen Baseball with three hits.
Brett Vasquez earned the win, going the abbreviated distance and allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits over five innings. He struck out five and walked none.
Allen Baseball faced the Arlington A’s on Thursday.
Teams were regrouped and reseeded Thursday night for championship and consolation pool games Friday and Saturday.