Collin Linex went 3 for 3 with two runs and pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing an unearned run as Mildred beat Rice 8-1 Friday to move to 4-3 in District 23-2A. Linex was lifted in the seventh after 93 pitches, scattering five hits, fanning two, walking three and hitting a batter.
Mildred took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second on an RBI double by Jase Butler that plated Linex, who had reached on the first of two infield hits. In the fourth, Hunter Freeman tripled, and scored on a Linex double. The Eagles added a run on one of eight Rice errors.
The Eagles added two runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings, with Clay Waller driving in a run with a single in the sixth. Will Burnham went 2 for 4, and John Aldama was 1 for 4 with two runs. Danny Smith had an infield single.
Waller pitched the final two-thirds for Mildred, as the game ended on a double play – the fourth of the game for Mildred – when right fielder Justin Jenkins threw out Justin Smith trying to score from third on a flyout.
Garrett Weaver went the distance for the Bulldogs, allowing six earned runs on 11 hits. He struck out four, and walked only one.
Adan Payne went 2 for 3 to lead Rice at the plate. He had a double, a stolen base and scored the Bulldogs lone run on a fielder’s choice ground out by Chase McCall. Connor Roberts was 1 for 3, while Jamie Metcalfe was 1 for 1, and reached by walk and a hit by pitch. Smith was 1 for 2 with a walk.
Kerens 12, Cross Roads 0 (4 innings)
Brett Anderson struck out nine of the 14 batters he faced and gave up one hit as Kerens had yet another one-sided win.
Jeremey Gould went 3 for 3, scored three times and drove in tow runs, and Brent Warren went 3 for 3, scored twice and drove in three runs to lead the Bobcats at the plate.