EASTLAND — Trailing the third-ranked team in the state by a single run heading into the seventh inning, the opportunity presented itself for the Early Longhorns to force a third game in their Region I-3A area playoff series.
But the Brock Eagles pushed seven runs across the plate in the top of the seventh, as the Longhorns were dealt a season-ending 10-2 loss in Game 2 Friday night.
District 6-3A runner-up Early (18-14) was trying to rebound from Thursday’s 11-1, five-inning loss to Brock (26-3) in Game 1.
Trailing 2-0 after the first inning, Early cut Brock’s lead in half with a run in the bottom of the third.
With one out, Ryan Hill singled, Devyn Burns walked and Kylar Mercer singled to load the bases. Christian Alcorta’s RBI ground out plated Hill with the first run.
The Eagles stretched the lead to 3-1 in the fourth, but again the Longhorns lit up the scoreboard in the fifth.
Following singles by Burns and Mercer and a sacrifice by Alcorta, Tristan Horton’s RBI sacrifice fly plated Burns with Early’s final run of the season.
Early generated eight hits — two by Mercer and one by Horton, Hill, Burns, Chase Keilers, C.J. Hanley and Jonathan Morales.
Horton was saddled with the loss, allowing three runs on eight hits with three strikeouts and three walks over six innings.