Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


May 4, 2014

Navarro Baseball: Bulldogs sweep Paris

Corsicana — Talk about going into the postseason with some momentum.

Navarro’s Bulldogs are sailing into the Region XIV Tournament that begins Saturday in Lufkin.

They are coming off a three-game sweep over Paris, which is the No. 1 seed in the East Zone. Navarro finished second, right behind Paris as the No. 2 seed.

But you would have never known it this week. The Bulldogs won the opener on Sam McDonnell’s walk-off single on Thursday and then swept a doubleheader against Paris on Saturday afternoon.

Corsicana High grad Holden Ground pitched a beauty to complete the sweep of Paris as the Bulldogs won the second game of the doubleheader 2-0.

Grounds gave up four hits and struck out four and was in control throughout the game as he went the distance in Navarro's final home game.

“Holden really did a good job,” Navarro Coach Who Dill said. “He threw all of his pitches for strikes. He has a great changeup.’’

Grounds didn't need much offense as he hurled a shutout, and he got the only run he needed in the first when Grayson Lewis, who won the opener on Saturday with a sacrifice fly in the ninth, led off with a single and scored on Luke Hoyl's sacrifice fly.

Lewis scored again in the fifth when he doubled and came home on McDonnell's grounder to second that skipped into right on an error.

The Bulldogs won the first game Saturday, battling back from a 3-1 deficit, scoring twice in the bottom of the seventh to send the game to extra innings and then winning 4-3 on Lewis’ sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth.

The Bulldogs (31-20) came through in the clutch in the seventh. Hoyl led off with a double and Mason Hesse and Hunter Seales came up with RBI singles to knot the score at 3-3.

Remey Reed picked up the win in relief of J.D. Hammer, who left with two outs in the sixth. Reed held Paris scoreless on three hits and struck out two and walked one.

Hammer gave up three runs on five hits. He struck out three and walked four.

Navarro plays Blinn at 10 a.m. Saturday in Lufkin.

“This is what we have been talking about,’’ Dill said. “About getting that momentum going into the region. Whoever we play we’ll be ready. We’re getting hot at the right time. I’d rather be hot late than early.’’

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