LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Reed Bruce’s RBI single in the third inning proved to be the game-winning hit at Florence edged host Little Rock J.D. 3-2 in the Cal Ripken 11U regional tournament Friday.

Florence advance to today’s quarterfinals against Terrebonne Parish, La., in a first-round rematch game. The winner advances to the semifinals at 5 p.m.

Three pitchers combined on a two-hitter, with Brooks Campbell earning the win. He pitched 2 2/3 innings and didn’t allow a hit. Beau Willis pitched three innings and Jace Brandon got the final out for the save with the tying run on second base.

Florence took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first inning on a single by Jayshod Pearson. Bruce’s sacrifice fly accounted for the second run.

Cole Wilcoxson singled, stole second and scored on Bruce’s single to make it 3-1 in the third inning.

Little Rock answered with a run in the fourth inning.

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