The Brownwood Diamondbacks ousted the Brownwood Longhorns from the TTAB 14U District Tournament Thursday night, and were on the verge of forcing a second championship game with the Goldthwaite Eagles.
Following a 17-12 win over the Longhorns, the Diamondbacks led Goldthwaite 14-5 with two outs in the fifth inning — but a Diamondback pitcher threw more than the allotted 30 pitches allowed per inning, which results in an automatic forfeit and a trip to state for the Eagles.
Goldthwaite will compete in the TTAB 14U State Tournament in Axtell beginning July 16.
The Diamondbacks overcame a four-run deficit against the Longhorns to advance to the championship game.
The Diamondbacks came out on fire, posting five runs in the first inning, but had to rekindle those flames late in the game to hang on for the victory.
Down four runs heading into the bottom of the fifth, the Diamondbacks seemed in dire need of an offensive explosion. Jakob Hattaway got things started with an RBI single, then Luke Gray drove in Hattaway on a two-RBI double, then Atticus Porter drove in Gray on an two-RBI double of his own, taking a 10-8 lead – the final lead-change of a wild evening.
The Longhorns seemed the dominant team until the fifth inning. After going down five runs early, thanks to RBIs by Hattaway, Gray and Trynten Slaughter, the Longhorns responded with five runs of their own coming off RBIs from Hunter Day, Noah Barron and Braden Yazell. The Longhorns added runs in the second inning after another RBI double by Day, then in the third with an RBI from Barron, then in the fourth on a line-drive RBI to center by Josiah Campos, giving the Longhorns a seemingly insurmountable 9-5 lead going into the bottom of the fifth.