The Brownwood Yankees completed their undefeated run through the TTAB District 5 10U Tournament and earned a state berth with Thursdays’ 15-5 victory over the Brownwood Royals at the Massey Sports Complex.
The Yankees will be the lone representative from District 5 competing in the 14-team state tournament in Copperas Cove beginning Monday, July 24.
In the final against the Royals, the Yankees scored nine runs in the bottom of the first inning to seize control and never looked back.
Trailing 1-0, Michael Badillo singled with one out, Antonio Ybarra followed with one of nine walks issued by Royals pitchers and Aiden Driskill’s two-RBI infield single off the shortstop put the Yankees ahead, 2-1. Nikolis Salazar followed with an infield single to score Driskill with the third run, then Dario Rodriguez walked. With two outs, Daylan Ansons walked ahead of a two-RBI infield single to shortstop by Connor Loewrigkeit, which stretched the lead to 5-1. Martin Nava then singled home Ansons, while Badillo walked. Loewrigkeit, Nava and Badillo all scored on wild pitches before the inning ended.
The Yankees tacked on their 10th run in the bottom of the second as Noah Gonzalez walked with one out and scored on Loewrigkeit’s two-out RBI single.
The Royals closed the gap to 10-3 in the top of the third as Cameron Aultman singled with one out and scored on Lance Moss’ RBI single into left field. Moss later scored on an RBI triple by Grant Gray.
The Yankees added five more runs in the bottom of the third as Nava led off with a single, Badillo walked and Ybarra drove in both with a single to left field. An RBI sacrifice fly by Driskill scored Ybarra. Salazar then walked and Rodriguez singled, and both scored on wild pitches.
Down 15-3 heading to the top of the fourth, the Royals’ Bodey Jeys was hit by a pitch and Riggs Gray walked — one of four walks issued by the Yankees in the final inning — and both scored on wild pitches. With the bases loaded and one out, the Yankee relief pitcher Nava retired Moss and Gray to end the game via the 10-run mercy rule.
Moss accounted for the game’s first run with an inside-the-park home run that put the Royals in front 1-0 in the top of the first inning
The Yankees earned their championship game spot by knocking off the Brownwood Pirates, 10-3, Wednesday.
In the Yankees’ victory over the Pirates, a five-run top of the sixth inning stretched a narrow two-run lead into a comfortable seven-run cushion heading into the final half-inning.
Leading 5-3 when the top of the sixth started, the Yankees tallied six consecutive hits after the first out of the inning was recorded. With the top of the order up, Nava and Badillo singled to right and left field respectively ahead of an RBI single down the third base line by Ybarra that plated Nava. Driskill followed with an RBI base hit up the middle that brought home Badillo. Salazar delivered the biggest hit of the inning, a two-RBI single to right field that drove in Ybarra and Driskill. Following an infield single by Dario Hernandez and an intentional walk to Gonzalez, Loewrigkeit singled in Hernandez with the final run.
The Pirates grabbed a 1-0 advantage in the bottom of the first when Jermiah Chacon and Garrett Moody led off with consecutive singles, and Moody eventually scored from second base when Justin Valdez reached on a fielder’s choice.
In the top of the second, the Yankees took control with a five-run frame.
Hernandez led off the inning with a double, but was erased on a fielder’s choice that allowed Gonzalez to reach. Dylan Brown and Nava walked to load the bases with two outs, and the Yankees followed with three clutch hits. Badillo’s two-RBI double to right field gave the Yankees a 2-1 edge. Ybarra then drove in a run with a single up the middle, and Driskill capped the scoring in the second with a two-RBI single to center field.
The Pirates closed the gap to 5-2 in the bottom of the fourth as Hunter Davidson tripled with one out and scored on an RBI single by Hayden Barnum.
In the fifth inning, the Pirates crept within 5-3 as Moody reached on an error and scored on an RBI infield single by Austin Pittman.