EARLY— The Early Longhorns handed District 6-3A leader Comanche its first district loss in an 18-17 come-from-behind victory Tuesday night, culminating in a game-winning, two-RBI line-drive by designated hitter Jayden Lehde.
With two outs and the game-winning run on second base, Ledhe said Comanche pitcher Jeremy Bostick hung a change-up over the plate, allowing him to connect and pick up the victory.
“I could not believe it … He hung a change-up right down the middle and I hit it to right-center,” Lehde said. “It’s amazing. I would have let any of these guys step in and take that hit. I’m just glad to get the W.”
Until the seventh inning, the Longhorns seemed destined to take their third district loss after the Indians extended their lead to 17-12 in their final at-bat. Jonathan Morales pulled Early within three with a two-RBI double to the center-field fence. Jesson Tarrant pulled Early within a two after an RBI single, then a sacrifice fly by Rode Walters pulled the Longhorns within a score.
“We just got a bunch of energy,” Lehde said. “The dugout got into it and we just took off from there … At times we were down on errors from the infield. We just kept the sticks going and kept coming back every inning. We just came out on top at the end.”
With the win, the Longhorns improved to 3-2 in district play and will look to avenge a 6-4 loss to Bangs (3-2) in the district opener when they host the Dragons 7 p.m. Friday.
“Nobody felt comfortable either way,” Early head coach Todd Hatton said. “With the elements and the way things were going, it just felt like one of those nights where something crazy was going to happen. Fortunately for us it did. In five district games we’ve scored 69 runs. We just have to limit our opponent and keep swinging the sticks.”