Alto, Cameron, Chandler and Rusk remain with two days left
The season ended for both the Brownwood Angels and Early Huskers during the third day of the TTAB 12U Open Base State Tournament Wednesday night at the Massey Sports Complex.
Brownwood first defeated the Blooming Grove Blue, 9-4, but was then ousted by the Rusk Sox, 13-3. Early, meanwhile, surrendered three runs in the top of the sixth inning as the Belton Rattlers recorded an 8-5 victory in its final at-bat.
In the Angels' victory over Blooming Grove, Brownwood extended its 2-1 advantage with four runs in the top of the third inning to open a comfortable five-run lead.
With one out in the Brownwood third, Owen Huntsinger blasted a solo home run over the right field fence - the first of his two long balls on the night. Ridge Stegemoller followed with a single then, with two outs, Luke Gray was intentionally walked while Cole Miller worked a walk to load the bases. Another free pass to Tristan Salinas allowed Stegemoller to score, while Gray came home on a wild pitch during Zaiden Lopez's at-bat. Lopez later singled home Miller to stretch the Angels' lead to 6-1.
In the fourth inning, the Angels increased their edge to 9-2 behind three two-out runs. Hudson Reagan ignited the surge with a double to center field, then Huntsinger doubled home Reagan. Stegemoller followed with an RBI single that plated Huntsinger. Stegemoller also scored after a steal of third base, coupled with an errant throw on the attempt.
Brownwood grabbed a 2-0 edge in the top of the first as Reagan led off with a walk and Huntsinger singled to left field. Reagan was later balked home while Huntsinger scored on a wild pitch during Gray's at-bat.
Gray and Reagan combined for 11 strikeouts on the mound, but Blooming Grove scratched across solo runs in the first, third, fourth and fifth innings.
Gabriel Walker led off the bottom of the first with an infield single and scored on a wild pitch during Elijah Huden's at-bat to generate the first Blooming Grove run.
In the third, Walker doubled with one out and came home on an RBI single by Breglan Vanibuls.
The fourth-inning run was the result of Garris Goff reaching on an error and scoring when Cole Watson reached on another Brownwood miscue.
Blooming Grove's final run occurred when Huden reached on a fielder's choice and scored on Vanibuls' RBI single.
In Brownwood's loss to Rusk, the Angels fell behind 2-0 in the top of the first as Garrett Brooks reached on an error and scored on Jackson Dowling's RBI single, while Dowling came home when Alex Patterson reached on a two-out miscue.
The Angels cut the deficit in half, 2-1, in the bottom of the first on Huntsinger's second home run, a bomb over the right field fence.
Rusk responded with eight runs in the top of the second to seize control, 10-1. Bryce Grimes and Mason Trowbridge each doubled home a run, Dowling tallied a two-RBI double and Clay Grisler chipped in an RBI single.
The Sox added two more runs in the third on an RBI ground out by Brailen Trawick that plated Brooks, who reached on an error, while Trowbridge singled home Dowling, who walked.
The final Rusk run crossed the plate in the top of the fourth as Brooks doubled and came home on an RBI bases-loaded walk by Trowbridge.
Trailing by a dozen runs heading into the bottom of the fourth, Brownwood scored twice but was unable to extend the game. Hayden Deen's two-RBI double brought home Brayden Daub, who singled, and Miller, who reached on a fielder's choice. Isaiah Moreno also singled in the inning for the Angels.
In Early's loss, Belton's Issac Ramos snapped a 5-all tie with one out in the top of the sixth on a two-RBI triple. Ramos later scored on a wild pitch to establish the three-run lead.
The Huskers' final at-bat in the bottom of the sixth featured a lead off single to right field by Hayden Schroeder. But Schroeder was erased on a fielder's choice that allowed Justin Pierce to reach. Following a strikeout, Aiden Chapleau reached on a single but was tagged out by Matt Ramos at second base trying to stretch the hit to a double to end the contest.
Tournament action continues at 6 p.m. Thursday as the Rusk Sox and Cameron Rangers square off at 6 p.m. for the right to meet the Alto Yellowjackets at 8 p.m. The winner of the 8 p.m. contest will advance to Friday's 10:30 a.m. championship game where the Chandler Warriors await an opponent. If a second championship game is needed, it will be played 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first.