Early sweeps Dublin, Bangs splits with Brady

BY DERRICK STUCKLY

BROWNWOOD BULLETIN

dstuckly@brownwoodbulletin.com

EARLY — The Early Longhorns chalked up their third District 6-3A home baseball win in as many outings Friday, slipping past the Dublin Lions, 5-4.

Early (11-8, 3-1) scored the decisive run in the bottom of the seventh inning after Dublin (5-9, 1-3) drew even at 4 in the top of the frame. Devyn Burns reached base on a one-out error for the Longhorns, then Kylar Mercer singled and Christian Alcorta walked to load the bases. With two outs, Trace Evans delivered an RBI single into right field that plated Burns with the winning run.

The Longhorns, who trailed 1-0 after one inning, opened a 4-1 advantage through five frames. Dublin closed the gap to 4-3 in the sixth before knotting the score in the seventh.

Early’s first run came in the second inning as Chase Keilers, who bunted and reached on a throwing error, scored on the back end of a double steal with Jonathan Morales, who had reached on a fielder’s choice.

The Longhorns grabbed a 3-1 lead in the third inning as Mercer, who reached on an error, scored on a passed ball, while Evans singled home Alcorta, who earlier reached on a fielder’s choice.

Early’s fourth run, in the fifth inning, was the result of an RBI single from Tristan Horton, which drove home Burns, who walked.

The Longhorns finished with six hits — two by Evans and one each by Mercer, Horton, Burns and Ryan Hill.

C.J. Hanley notched the win in relief, tossing 1.1 innings and yielding one hit with four strikeouts. Horton got the start and lasted 5.2 innings, allowing three runs — one earned — on six hits with four strikeouts.

The Longhorns travel to District 6-3A leader Comanche (12-6, 4-0) Tuesday afternoon.

Brady 4, Dragons 2

BRADY — The Bangs Dragons were denied a District 6-3A win streak as they fell at Brady, 4-2, Friday night.

All six runs scored in the sixth inning as Bangs (3-12, 1-3) took a 2-0 lead in the top half of the frame.

The sixth began with Stephen Montgomery being hit by a pitch and scoring on an RBI triple by Kadon Richards. Richards later scored on a wild pitch during Landon James’ at-bat.

Brady (9-8, 3-1) fired back with four runs in the bottom of the sixth off Colton Brewer, who pitched five scoreless innings to start the game, and Montgomery and Richards in relief.

Brewer allowed one hit, struck out five and walked two. Montgomery walked two batters, gave up a hit, surrendered a run and didn’t retire a batter. Richards recorded the final six outs, but gave up three runs — one earned — on four hits.

Offensively, the Dragons finished with seven hits — two doubles from Jeffrey Fincher, a triple from Richards and singles from Eli Carbajal, Austin Hall, Tanner James and Brewer.

The Dragons host last-place Coleman (2-11, 0-4) Tuesday night.

Lady Horns 23,

Dublin 0

EARLY — The Early Lady Horns remained alone atop the District 6-3A softball standings with a 23-0 victory over Dublin Friday.

No further information was available. Early (17-6, 4-0) visits Comanche Tuesday.

Lady Dragons 15,

Brady 0

BRADY — The Bangs Lady Dragons stayed one game out of first place in the District 6-3A softball race with Friday’s 15-0 road victory over Brady.

No further information was available. Bangs (16-5, 3-1) hosts Coleman Tuesday.