DUBLIN — The Early Longhorns evened their District 6-3A baseball record with their second win in a row, 16-8 over the Dublin Lions Friday.
Early (5-7, 2-2) has scored 41 runs during its two-game win streak, having defeated Coleman, 25-5, on Monday.
In the victory over Dublin (2-10, 1-3), the Longhorns broke an 8-all tie with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth inning, and six insurance runs in the seventh.
The sixth inning for Early featured one-out singles by Jesson Tarrant and Brandon Lombrano, then a two-out base hit by Rode Walters loaded the bases. Jayden Lehde then came through with a two-RBI single over the shortstop to push the Longhorns in front for good.
Early tacked on more runs in the seventh as Tarrant's RBI ground out scored Devyn Burns, who led off with a single, then Lombrano drove home Jonathan Morales, who singled, with an RBI base hit. Boston Hudson's sacrifice plated Chase Keilers, who reached on a fielder's choice, then Walters and Lehde followed with back-to-back RBI doubles.
The Longhorns led 3-2 after one inning, 5-3 after two and 8-4 through four, but Dublin drew even with four runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Early's first inning featured a bases-loaded walk by Lombrano that plated Ryan Hill, who reached on a leadoff error, then Hudson delivered a two-RBI single to center field that knocked in Burns, who walked, and Tarrant, who reached on a dropped third strike.
The Longhorns added two more runs in the second as Burns' RBI fielder's choice scored Lehde, who led off with a double. Morales, who reached on an infield single, later scored on an error.
Early's three-run third featured Hudson scoring on passed ball after reaching on a fielder's choice, Morales walking with the bases loaded to plate Walters, who also walked, and Keilers being hit by a pitch with the sacks full, scoring Hill, who was also plunked.
The Longhorns finished with 13 hits — three by Lehde, two each by Hill, Walters and Lombrano, and one apiece by Burns, Morales, Tarrant and Hudson. Lehde and Hudson both finished with three RBIs, Lombrano drove home two and Burns, Morales, Keilers, Tarrant and Walters were credited with one apiece.
On the mound, Ethan Portillo, Lombrano and Tarrant combined to surrender eight earned runs on nine hits with eight walks and four strikeouts.
Early wraps up the first half of district action at home at 7 p.m. Tuesday when district leader Comanche (7-5, 4-0) visits.