The Bangs Astros pounded out 13 hits and scored six runs in their final trip to the plate to rout the Hamilton Blue Box, 15-2, in Monday’s first round of the Texas Teen-Age Baseball District 5 Junior Boys tournament at the Camp Bowie Sports Complex.
The Astros went on to defeat the Hico Katz, 13-6, late Monday night and will next be in action at 4 p.m. Wednesday against the winner of today’s Brownwood Rangers-Brownwood A’s contest. Hico will face the Early Purple at 6:15 p.m. today in an elimination game.
Against Hamilton, Grant Bear and Doug Drury both went 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs and three runs scored for Bangs. Corey Sanchez had two hits, while Wesley Jennings and Wes Troyer tallied two RBIs.
Bangs put three runs on the board in the top of the first, second and four innings.
In the first, Jordan Mason doubled home Bear with the first run, then Drury knocked in Mason with an RBI double. Drury scored the last run of the inning on a throwing error after he stole third base.
The Astros increased their lead to 6-1 in the top of the second as Troyer’s RBI ground out scored Tanner Truitt, who reached on a single, and Bear’s RBI base hit brought home Taylor Roberts, who walked. Bear then scored when Drury reached on a two-out error.
The Bangs lead reached 9-1 in the fourth inning as Bear doubled and scored on a wild pitch during Mason’s at-bat. Mason, who later reached on an error, came home on Drury’s RBI double to left field. Drury then capped the scoring in the inning by racing home on a passed ball during Jennings’ at-bat.
Hamilton — which scored in the second inning after Truman Baize tripled and came home on a wild pitch — added its second run in the bottom of the fourth inning when Acy May singled and was balked home.
Bangs put the game on ice with a half dozen runs in the top of the fifth inning.
Troyer’s RBI triple brought home Roberts, who walked, with the first run, then Bear’s RBI ground out scored Troyer.
Blake Stembridge, who walked, later scored on an error while Drury, who singled, and Josh Hughes, who reached on an error, came home on Jennings’ two-run double. Jennings later crossed the plate when Truitt reached on another Hamilton miscue.
Drury started on the mound for Bangs and allowed one hit while striking out two in only two innings of work. Sanchez tossed the last three innings and surrendered one hit as well.