From Staff Reports
Corsicana Daily Sun
Blooming Grove kept its baseball playoff hopes alive, winning a pitcher’s duel, 1-0, in Mildred Tuesday night. Dalton Blake struck out 11 and scattered five hits in a well-pitched game that took an hour and a half to complete.
Mildred’s Justin Jenkins matched Blake, allowing four hits and fanning five. He allowed an unearned run in the fourth, when the Eagles committed all three of their errors in the game. It marked the second season in a row Blooming Grove won in Mildred, and it moved the Lions to 3-6 in District 23-2A. Mildred, which fell to 5-5, would have clinched a playoff spot with a win.
Blake struck out the side in the fifth, and only allowed two runners to reach third. In the second, Will Burnham blistered a one-out triple to deep centerfield, but a pair of strikeouts – sandwiched around a walk – stranded him. In the sixth, Jase Butler had a one-out double after the ball popped out of the glove of diving left fielder Jarod Obenour, and he stole third with two outs. He was stranded after Blake’s 10th strikeout.
Blooming Grove had a chance to score in the first, but Brody Owens was gunned down at home on a single to right by Obenour. In the third, Blake had a two-out double, and it was the only time outside the first the Lions advanced a runner to second, except in the fifth.
In that inning, Jacob Williams reached on an error, and on a sacrifice bunt was doubled up as he tried to go third. With two outs, Owens squibbed a basehit down the first-base line as Jenkins tried to backhand the ball to first. Obenour then reached on an error, and another error on the throw to third to get Owens went to the fence, allowing Owens to score.
Jenkins struck out the side in the second.
Martin’s Mill 13, Kerens 4
The Kerens Bobcats ran into a buzzsaw Tuesday on the road and fell to Martins Mill, which put the game away with a five-run fifth inning and a four-run sixth.
Jeremy Gould went 2 for 3 with a double and scored a run and drove in a run for Kerens. Aaron Foxworth went 1 for 3 with a double, Brent Warren went 1 for 3 with a double and scored a run and Brett Anderson went 1 for 3 with a walk.
Dawson 17, Hubbard 5
Dawson traveled to Hubbard in a battle for first place in District 13-1A Tuesday, and came away with a big 17-5 win over the Jaguars. Hubbard had beaten Dawson, 12-, in the first matchup between the rivals.
The scoring started early for the Bulldogs as Jared Gray, in his first game back from injury, worked a walk to lead off the game. Dalton Long then had a sacrifice bunt, and Lane Dotson reached on an error to score Gray. Trent Underwood then singled to score Dotson. The Jaguars quickly answered with two of their own in the bottom of the first with Ty Graves and Hudson Alderman scoring.
The Bulldogs returned the favor by scoring two runs in the top of the second by Connor McEntire and Seth Lachney. Hubbard again answered the call, scoring three runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 5-4 lead that would hold until the fifth, when the Bulldog bats came alive with six runs to take a 10-5 lead.
Getting in on the action were Long with two RBIs and a run, Mason Burleson with an RBI and a run, Justin Gray with an RBI and a run, and Lachney with an RBI and a run. Also scoring in the inning were Brandon Cehand and McEntire. Underwood then settled in and went the distance, not allowing another run. Underwood finished the night pitching a complete game, giving up two earned runs, striking out 10, walking five and allowing three hits.
The Bulldogs defense showed up in the home half of the fifth when the leadoff batter walked, Underwood struck out the next batter, and then induced a 6-4-3 double play from the Gray boys in the middle to silence the scoring threat.
Corsicana 3, Lindale 1
The Tiger seniors dominated on Senior Night as the Tigers avenged an earlier loss to Lindale and put themselves in a spot to win the District 16-4A title with a dramatic come from behind win, scoring once in the fifth and twice in the sixth.
Freshman Chelsea Vanidiver, who drove in a run in the fifth after Katy Andrews led off with a triple, put Lindale away in the seventh to go the distance. She gave up two hits and struck out four. The seniors took over in the bottom of the sixth. Sidney Kirk led off with a double and scored on Mckala Goodwin’s grounder. Goodwin scored on Ashley Spence’s double.
Kirk went 2 for 3, scored a run and stole a base. Vandiver and Spence both went 1 for 3 with an RBI and Andrews went 1 for 2 with a triple and scored. Skylar Kirk, Carly Cates and Jourdan Bruce all went 1 for 3 for the Tigers.
Frost sweeps Covington, 15-0, 20-0.
The Lady Polar Bears (12-1 and -1 in district) had two more one-sided games as they closed in on a district title. They can win the title with a win in Itasca Friday.
Jae Moore won both games Tuesday to improve to 12-1. Moore went 3 for 3 with a double and two RBI’s in the second game.
Hillaree Schwartz went 3 for 3 with a double, triple and drove in five runs in the opener and Jennifer Andrews went 2 for 2 and scored twice while Kaycee Bowling went 2 for 3 wit a double and 2 RBI’s and Cheyenne Pack went 1 for 2 with 2 RBI’s in the opener. Karlie Scott went 2 for 3 with a double and 3 RBI’s and Bowling went 2 for 3 with a home run, and drove in four runs and scored three times in the second game.