TUSCOLA — In a District 6-3A baseball preview, the Early Longhorns chalked up a 10-6 victory over the Coleman Bluecats Friday at the Jim Ned tournament.
Trailing 4-3 heading to the bottom of the third inning, Early seized the momentum with four runs in the bottom of the frame to open a 7-4 advantage. The Longhorns increased their lead to 10-4 in the fourth, while Coleman mustered just two more runs in the fifth.
Early tallied just five hits, but drew nine walks and took advantage of three Coleman errors.
Christian Alcorta finished with a pair of singles and two RBIs to spark the Early offense, while Tristan Horton, Chase Keilers and C.J. Hanley each contributed one hit and one RBI apiece. Jesson Tarrant and Devyn Burns both walked twice for the Longhorns, while Horton, Hanley, Ryan Hill, Kyler Mercer and Trace Evans also drew free passes.
On the mound, Hanley pitched all five innings and allowed six runs — four earned — on seven hits with seven strikeouts and one walk.
Earlier Friday, the Longhorns suffered a 4-2 loss to Levelland.
Early tallied single runs in the first and second innings, but Levelland responded with solo runs in the bottom of the second, third, fifth and sixth frames.
The Longhorns recorded four hits to Levelland’s three, but Early committed five errors.
Alcorta, Evans, Keilers and Jonathan Morales all singled for Early, with Morales picking up an RBI.
Evans took the loss on the mound for the Longhorns, allowing four runs — two earned — on three hits with three walks and a strikeout. Hanley worked an inning of relief and walked one batter while striking out another.
Early (6-6) will conclude tournament action against host Jim Ned at 4:45 p.m. today.