In the 8U Machine Pitch division of the TTAB state championship Monday night, the Brownwood teams got started with a pair of losses. The Brownwood Giants fell to the Rusk Rangers 16-8, while the Brownwood Cardinals were downed by the Whitney Wildcats 17-9.

In the Giants’ opener, Rusk got on the board first with pair of singles then a triple with two runners on base. Rusk then added to its lead with throwing errors in the Giants’ infield contributing to the unearned run tally. After the first inning it was 5-0 Rangers.

The Giants were unable to get anything going in their first inning.

After two innings it went to 9-0 with the Giants infield and outfield having problems fielding the ball cleanly.

Finally, in the third inning, the Giants bats came to life. Cooper Stone got on base with a single, then Seth Crawford added one. Taylor Bissent doubled them in on the next at bat. Brownwood ended the  inning behind 9-2.

The Giants held the Rangers in the fourth inning then mounted a comeback. Stone belted a single, J.C. Hughes doubled and Stone drove in both. Josh Diaz then scored on a throwing error. Triston Slayton later came home on a throwing error, getting the Giants within three runs, 10-7.

The Rangers came back in the fifth inning and added five runs. The Giants and the Rangers each added one more in the sixth inning to make it one for the books, 16-8.

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    Game 1: Rogers Eagles 4, Pleasant Grove Cardinals 3

    Game 2: Mexia Texans 19, Edgewood Dirt Dawgs 16

    Game 3: Rusk Rangers 16, Brownwood Giants 8

    Game 4: Blooming Grove Lions 10, Temple Aces 1

    Game 5: Hillsboro Bad News Bears 14, Harker Heights Hot Rods 2

    Game 6: Comanche Rangers 15, Alba Golden Bears 7

    Game 7: Whitney Wildcats 17, Brownwood Cardinals 9

    Game 8: BMC Warriors vs. Rogers Eagles, 11 a.m. Tuesday, Field 1

    Game 9: Mexia Texans vs. Rusk Rangers, 11 a.m. Tuesday, Field 2

    Game 10: Blooming Grove Lions vs. Hillsboro Bad News Bears, 11 a.m. Tuesday, Field 3

    Game 11: Comanche Rangers vs. Whitney Wildcats, 11 a.m. Tuesday, Field 4

    Game 12: Temple Aces vs. Harker Heights Hot Rods, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Field 1

    Game 13: Alba Golden Bears vs. Brownwood Cardinals, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Field 2

    Game 14: Edgewood Dirt Dawgs vs. Brownwood Giants, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Field 3

    Game 15: Pleasant Grove Cardinals vs. Game 10 loser, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Field 4

    Game 16: Game 12 winner vs. Game 8 loser, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Field 1

    Game 17: Game 13 winner vs. Game 9 loser, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Field 2

    Game 18: Game 14 winner vs. Game 11 loser, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Field 3

    Game 19: Game 8 winner vs. Game 9 winner, 11 a.m. Wednesday, Field 3

    Game 20: Game 10 winner vs. Game 11 winner, 11 a.m. Wednesday, Field 4

    Game 21: Game 16 winner vs. Game 17 winner, 11 a.m. Wednesday, Field 1

    Game 22: Game 15 winner vs. Game 18 winner, 11 a.m. Wednesday, Field 2

    Game 23: Game 21 winner vs. Game 20 loser, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Field 3

    Game 24: Game 22 winner vs. Game 19 loser, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Field 4

    Game 25: Game 19 winner vs. Game 20 winners, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Field 3

    Game 26: Game 24 winner vs. Game 25 winner, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Field 4

    Game 27: Game 26 winner vs. Game 25 loser, 11 a.m. Thursday, Field 1

    Game 28 (CHAMPIONSHIP): Game 25 winner vs. Game 27 winner, 6 p.m. Thursday, Field 3

    Game 29 (IF NEEDED): Game 28 winner vs. Game 28 loser, 8 p.m. Thursday, Field 3