By Raymond Linex II
Corsicana Daily Sun
After a rough first inning, Dawson’s unblemished district mark looked like it was in jeopardy. Big time trouble at the hands of rival Wortham.
But lefty Trent Underwood settled down, the Bulldogs overcame their own base-running miscues and they rallied for a seventh-inning, 4-3 victory over rival Wortham.
Underwood gave up four of the six hits he surrendered and all three runs in the first, as Wortham (8-10) came out hot at the plate. He scattered two hits the rest of the way and struck out 12, including the side in the sixth after Dawson (9-5-1) had come back to tie it in the fifth.
Dawson moved to 4-0 in District 13-1A, while Wortham fell to 2-2. Dawson had run-ruled its previous three league opponents.
“I had been telling them every game, we’re going to get in the playoffs and have half the at bats of everyone else,” first-year Dawson coach Bo Moore said. “I’ve told them even though we’re up 10 or 12 runs, act like it means something. Do a job.”
Tuesday, it meant something.
“I told them after the game we needed that,” Moore said.
Wortham struck quick in the first, with Devin Sessions leading off with a single, and Chris Lee rapping a double to left-center. With one out, Kyle Goener tripled, and Wortham led 2-0. Brandon Campbell followed with a single to make it 3-0, and Haven Proulx walked before Underwood struck out the next two to end the inning.
His second inning didn’t start much better, as he gave up back-to-back one-out walks to Sessions and Lee. He then began to settle down, but had 44 pitches through two innings.
Dawson didn’t get on the board until the fourth, as sophomore right-hander Cole Jendel kept Dawson off balance. Jake Strother led off the inning by getting hit, and Underwood followed with the second of his three singles. Underwood overran first, though, and was thrown out from third, one of four times the Bulldogs were thrown out on the basepaths. Louis Lachney followed with an RBI-fielder’s choice, and Brandon Cehand added an RBI single to make it 3-2.
In the fifth, Strother tied it up with an RBI single.
Jendel went all seven innings, gave up nine hits and struck out one. Underwood retired the final nine batters he faced, setting up the seventh-inning rally.
Mason Burleson led off the seventh with a single deep down the third base line, and Jordan Lansford – a freshman making his first start who had three assists prior – overthrew first allowing Burleson to take second. On the next pitch, Jared Gray lined a double to deep right field, scoring Burleson for a walk-off win.
“We played hard, we played well,” Wortham coach Gary Beam said. “This is a big rivalry game for us, and for us to come here and play well, it’s good for us. In rivalries, this happens.”
Dawson 4, Wortham 3
Wortham 300 000 0 – 3 6 2
Dawson 002 100 1 – 4 9 0
WP – Trent Underwood
LP – Cole Jendel
Top Hitters – W: Devin Sessions 1-2 (sac, bb, run), Chris Lee 1-3 (2B, bb, run), Witty Busby 1-4 (2B), Kyle Goener 1-3 (3B, 2 RBIs, run), Brandon Campbell 1-3 (RBI, SB), Trent Williams 1-3. D: Jared Gray 2-4 (2B, RBI), Lane Dotson 1-2 (bb, run, SB), Jake Strother 1-2 (RBI, bb, run), Trent Underwood 3-3, Mason Burleson 1-3 (run).
Records – Wortham 8-10, 2-2 in District 13-1A. Dawson 9-5-1, 4-0.
Blooming Grove 10, Riesel 0: Travis Whiteside had two hits, including a triple, as Blooming Grove run-ruled Riesel 10-0 on Thursday in a District 23-2A game.
Blooming Grove 10, Riesel 0
Riesel 000 000 -- 0 4 3
Bl. Grove 201 142 -- 10 12 0
WP: S. Battenfield
Top hitters -- T. Whiteside 2-4 (3B), J. Obenour 2-3, J. Conger 2-4 (2B), D. Wassinger 2-2 (2B).
Record -- Blooming Grove 13-4, 5-1 in District 23-2A.