EARLY — The Early Longhorns trailed by six runs after three innings and shaved the deficit to two in their final trip to the plate before the Brady Bulldogs emerged with an 8-6 District 6-3A baseball victory Friday night.
Early (3-7, 0-2) scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning before Brady (10-2, 2-0) quashed the rally.
Down 8-2 heading in their final at-bat, the Longhorns received one-out walks by Ryan Hill and Devyn Burns, then Jonathan Morales was hit by a pitch to load the bases. A bases-loaded walk by Chase Keilers brought home Hill, then Burns scored on a wild pitch to make the score 8-4. Jesson Tarrant followed with yet another walk ahead of Brandon Lombrano's RBI single that knocked in Morales. Boston Hudson's RBI fielder's choice plated Morales with the sixth run, but also resulted in the second out. David Shields, running for Hudson, was then picked off at first base to end the contest.
Brady grabbed a 4-0 lead in the top of the fourth, while Early tallied one run in the bottom of the second. Lombrano, who walked with two outs, scored on the back end of a double steal with Hudson, who was hit by a pitch.
Trailing 7-1, Early tacked on its second run in the fourth as Ethan Portillo's RBI single to center field scored Shields, running for Hudson who was plunked again. Lombrano, who walked, was thrown out at the plate trying to score on the play to end the inning.
The Longhorns managed just four hits — one each by Keilers, Tarrant, Lombrano and Portillo — but drew nine walks.
On the mound, Tarrant and Lombrano combined to surrender eight runs — five earned — on nine hits with five walks and four strikeouts.
The Longhorns host Coleman (3-8, 0-2) at 7 p.m. Tuesday as both teams look to collect their first 6-3A victory.
DISTRICT 6-3A SOFTBALL FINAL
Early 10, Brady 0
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