The Brownwood Rangers opened their portion of the Texas Teen-Age Baseball District 5 Junior Boys tournament with a resounding 10-2 victory over the Brownwood A’s Tuesday afternoon at the Camp Bowie Sports Complex.
After a bye kept them out of action Monday, the Rangers twice scored four runs in an inning and chalked up 13 hits.
The loss forced the A’s into an elimination game against the Hamilton Blue Sox late Tuesday, which they won 18-3. Early Purple ousted the Hico Katz in Tuesday’s other tournament game, 12-2.
Wednesday’s schedule will pit the tournament’s two undefeated teams — the Brownwood Rangers and the Bangs Astros — against each other at 4 p.m. for the right to advance to Thursday’s championship game.
At 6:15 p.m., the A’s and Early Purple will meet for the second time in an elimination game. The A’s beat Early Monday by a 10-0 count.
The loser of Wednesday’s first game and the winner of the second game will square off at 8:30 p.m. to determine the second championship game participant. Both teams that reach the championship game will advance to the 10-team TTAB Junior Boys state tournament in Lancaster on July 23.
In the Rangers’ victory Tuesday, Levi Perez and Tanner Vaughn each had three hits to pace the offense while Tyler Harth, Taylor Chesser, Josh Fleming and J.C. Pitts recorded two RBIs apiece. Graylon Brown also had a pair of hits and drove in a run.
Chesser started on the mound for the Rangers and worked three innings, allowing just an infield single to Jesse Coppic while striking out three. Brian Evans tossed two-thirds of an inning of relief before Vaughn closed the game out by pitching the final 3.1 innings, where he fanned four batters.
The A’s posted five hits as McShan recorded two and also collected an RBI. Burleson also had an RBI single.
The Rangers opened the scoring with four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Perez and Harth reached on a one-out single and an error, respectively, prior to Chesser’s RBI sacrifice fly that plated Perez with the first run.
Fleming then floated an RBI double down the right field line which brought home Harth. Pitts later singled up the middle to drive in Fleming, while Brown, who was hit by a pitch, scored on a double steal.
The Rangers upped their advantage to 5-0 in the third inning when Brown led off with a single, then scored on Pitts’ sacrifice fly.
The A’s made their first dent in the Rangers’ lead in the top of the fourth as McShan singled home Coppic, who reached on a fielder’s choice after Burleson opened the frame by reaching on an error.
The Rangers pushed the lead back to five runs, 6-1, in the bottom of the fourth as Vaughn led off with a single, then came home on Harth’s sacrifice fly.
But the A’s answered again in the top of the fifth as Marcus Berniard doubled with two outs, then scored on Burleson’s RBI single to left-center field.
The Rangers were able to put the game out of reach in their final at-bat in the bottom of the sixth as they tacked on four more runs. Jeremy Allgood walked, Vaughn singled and Perez reached on an error to load the sacks for Harth, who was hit by a pitch to plate Allgood.
Chesser then hit a sacrifice fly that scored Vaughn before Fleming doubled in Harth. Brown’s RBI single plated Fleming with the final run.