thletics tallied five runs in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back en route to a 12-2 thrashing of the Brady Bulldogs to open TTAB 14U District 2 Tournament action Monday night at the Early City Park.
The Athletics will next face the Early Hurricanes, who received a first-round bye, at 8 p.m. today.
At 5 p.m. today, the Brownwood Mustangs, who also drew a bye, and the Comanche Indians, who defeated San Saba, 9-5, Monday, will tangle.
In Monday’s win, the Athletics drew eight base on balls against three Brady pitchers and chalked up 10 hits, led by three from Caden Judkins, who also drove in two runs and scored once.
Hayden Donahoo, Jeremy Brown, Justin Buchanan, Grant Fanara, Mason Prosise, Caleb Hernandez and Marcos Martinez contributed one hit apiece.
Fanara and Hernandez also collected a pair of RBIs, while Prosise and Donahoo notched one RBI each.
On the mound, Hernandez worked 4.2 of the five innings of action, surrendering two hits with seven strikeouts, six walks and seven runners left stranded.
Brady took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a one-out RBI single by Weston Bauer.
Brownwood pulled even in the bottom of the first on an RBI ground out by Fanara that plated Brown, who reached on a one-out single. The next six Athletics then reached base with two outs.
An RBI triple by Prosise drove in Buchanan, who walked, for a 2-1 Brownwood lead. Judkins then singled home Prosise ahead of a Colby Coppic walk. Hernandez then delivered a two-RBI triple to push the lead to four runs.
The Athletics tacked on single runs in the second through fourth innings, then put three on the board in the fifth. Donahoo’s two-out RBI single actually resulted in three runs, thanks to a pair of errors on the play — the second of which allowed Donahoo to round the bases.
With Brownwood leading 10-2 in the bottom of the fifth, Fanara tripled and scored when Prosise reached on an error. Later, an errant pickoff attempt at third base allowed Prosise to score the run that invoked the mercy rule.
Boys 14U District 2 Tournament
Monday, July 8 - Friday, July 12
at Early City Park - All Games on Field 1
Game 1: Comanche Indians 9, San Saba Dillos 5
Game 2: Brownwood Athletics 12, Brady Bulldogs 2
Game 3: Brownwood Mustangs vs. Comanche Indians, 5 p.m. Tuesday
Game 4: Early Hurricanes vs. Brownwood Athletics, 8 p.m. Tuesday
Game 5: Brady Bulldogs vs. Game 3 loser, 3 p.m. Wednesday
Game 6: San Saba Dillos vs. Game 4 loser, 6 p.m. Wednesday
Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 9 p.m. Wednesday
Game 8: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 5 p.m. Thursday
Game 9: Game 8 winner vs. Game 7 loser, 8 p.m. Thursday
Game 10 (CHAMPIONSHIP): Game 7 winner vs. Game 9 winner, 6 p.m. Friday
Game 11 (IF NEEDED): Game 10 winner vs. Game 10 loser, 30 minutes after Game 10
* Champion, runner-up advance to 12-team state tournament in Hillsboro on July 22