In a game which had so many runs, it resembled a football score, as the Brownwood Cardinals got shellacked, 24-16, on their home field Tuesday to eliminate them from the TTAB 8U Machine Pitch Division state tournament.
Things looked promising for the Cardinals initially as they struck first, getting three runs in the first inning on singles by Hudson Reagan, Toby Walker and Tristan Salinas. All three of them would come home.
Alba started the game getting felled by the machine pitcher, going down on three strikeouts.
The game went back and forth as both teams struggled with fielding and throwing errors, allowing multiple runs to cross the plate.
The Alba Panthers pulled away, 14-8, in the fourth inning. The Cardinals came fighting back, scoring six runs to tie it on hits by Tristan Salinas, Sir Jones, Bryson Guerrero and Jorge Martinez. Reagan broke the tie with an RBI single that drove in Noah Barron to give the Cards a 15-14 advantage.
Alba scored seven runs quickly on no outs, but the ball went back to Brownwood because of the mercy rule of seven runs per inning in 8U machine pitch. The score was now 21-15 Alba.
Brownwood added one more run, then Alba scored its final three to take the elimination bracket victory, 24-16.
Also Tuesday, the Brownwood Giants were ousted from the tournament as they dropped a 19-11 decision to Edgewood.
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: Rogers Eagles 8, BMC Warriors 7
Game 9: Rusk Rangers 15, Mexia Texans 1
Game 10: Blooming Grove Lions 16, Hillsboro Bad News Bears 8
Game 11: Whitney Wildcats 15, Comanche Rangers 4
Game 12: Harker Heights Hot Rods 16, Temple Aces 8
Game 13: Alba Golden Panthers 24, Brownwood Cardinals 16
Game 14: Edgewood Dirt Dawgs 19, Brownwood Giants 11
Game 15: Hillsboro Bad News Bears 16, Pleasant Grove Cardinals 1
Game 16: BMC Warriors 11, Harker Heights Hot Rods 10
Game 17: Mexia Texans 23, Alba Golden Panthers 8
Game 18: Comanche Rangers 17, Edgewood Dirt Dawgs 2
Game 19: Rogers Eagles vs. Rusk Rangers, 11 a.m. Wednesday, Field 3
Game 20: Blooming Grove Lions vs. Whitney Wildcats, 11 a.m. Wednesday, Field 4
Game 21: BMC Warriors vs. Mexia Texans, 11 a.m. Wednesday, Field 1
Game 22: Hillsboro Bad News Bears vs. Comanche Rangers, 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