Bulletin Staff Report

The Brownwood contingent remaining in Texas Teen-Age Baseball state tournaments throughout the state further dwindled Thursday, leaving the Rangers Junior Boys as the only team still alive.

In Lancaster, the Rangers coasted in their elimination bracket contest against Miles, picking up a run-rule victory in a game that ended just prior to midnight. Rain delays pushed back Thursday’s schedule, forcing the Rangers-Rusk elimination game to be moved to Friday. Results from that game were unknown at press time.

Brownwood, Rusk, Fairfield and Mildred were the only four teams remaining in the tournament, with Fairfield and Mildred emerging as the final two undefeated teams in the field.

In the TTAB Freshman Open-Base state tournament in Whitehouse, the Brownwood Rangers finished third overall, falling to the Belton Rebels by a 12-2 count Thursday. Belton went on to face Bullard in Friday’s championship game.

The Ranger runs scored on RBI singles by T.J. Esparza and Andrew Arriaga. Abel Jimenez, Cameron Deal and Trenton Carlton also had base hits.

Arriaga pitched the first four innings before being relieved by Deal and Jimenez, who worked one inning each.