BRADY — The Early Longhorns climbed over the .500 mark in the District 6-2A baseball standings with Thursday’s 13-10 victory over Brady.
Early (11-7, 4-3) finished with nine hits and took advantage of six Brady errors. The Longhorns scored two runs in the first inning, five in the second, two in the third, one in the fifth and three in the seventh.
During the first inning, Brandon Brownlee’s RBI ground out plated Chris Johnson, who was running for pitcher Tres Underwood following a leadoff walk. Kellan Jackson, who singled as the second batter in the inning, later scored on a wild pitch.
The five-run second inning featured Austin Isom reaching on an error and later scoring on a wild pitch, while Brownlee chipped in a two-RBI single and J.W. Ledbetter followed with a two-RBI triple.
In the four-run third, Underwood’s RBI sacrifice fly plated Stephen Hlis, who reached on catcher’s interference. Jackson later reached on an error that allowed Isom, who singled, to score, increasing the advantage to 9-0.
The Longhorns tallied their 10th in the fifth inning as Jake Fisher singled with one out and scored when Jackson reached on an error.
Brady closed to within 10-5 after six innings, but the Longhorns tacked on the three runs that proved to be the difference in the game in the top of the seventh. Fisher tripled and scored on Jackson’s RBI sacrifice fly, while Underwood reached on an error ahead of Nic Alcorta’s two-run home run.
The Longhorns allowed five runs in the bottom of the seventh, but held on for the victory.
Early will host Grape Creek at 5 p.m. Tuesday.