The Brownwood Dawgs exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the fifth inning as they capped their undefeated run through the TTAB District 2 Senior Midgets tournament with a 12-6 victory over the rival Brownwood Cardinals Thursday at Camp Bowie.
The Dawgs - who did not defeat the Cardinals during league play - will represent District 2 in the 14-team state tournament in Killeen beginning Monday, July 28.
The Cardinals needed to win the first championship game Thursday to force a second after falling to the Dawgs by a 6-5 count Wednesday. Heading into the bottom of the fifth, the momentum was on the Cards’ side as they turned a 4-2 deficit into a 6-4 lead.
The Dawgs, however, used timely hitting and some Cardinal fielding miscues to regain control.
The bottom of the fifth began with Hayden Day reaching on an error, followed by a walk by Grant Lewis. With one out, Cole Fowler walked to load the bases.
Wyatt Jacobs then stepped to the plate and ripped a line drive that was mishandled, which allowed Day and Lewis to score and even the score at 6-all. Dylan Hickey then reached on a ball that was bobbled in the infield, which allowed Fowler to race home and put the Dawgs back in front, 7-6.
Eric Burns followed with a grounder to third base, but the throw home was wide, allowing Jacobs to score the eighth run. An errant back down to third base, and another to plate, let Hickey came home with the ninth run.
Zach Davis followed with an RBI fielder’s choice as Burns barreled home on the play and scored when the ball was dropped at the plate.
Day then closed the scoring with a two-RBI double that plated Davis and Brett Sawyer, who singled ahead of Day.
Day picked up the win on the mound in relief of Lewis as he allowed one run on two hits and struck out three in two innings. In the sixth inning, Day hit Dylan Agan with a pitch, but that was the only base runner the Cardinals mustered.
Trailing 4-3 after three innings, the Cardinals regained the lead with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth. Kolton Cotton’s RBI triple scored Tanner Jackson, who was courtesy running after Nicholas Perez doubled. Stephen Brownlee added an RBI singled that ricocheted off first base and plated Mario Saldana, who walked.
The Cardinals increased their lead to 6-4 in the top of the fifth when McLane Moore, who reached on an infield single, came home on Cotton’s RBI ground out.
The Cardinals took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first as Mason Prosise, who led off with an infield single, scored on Kory Owen’s RBI ground out. Moore, who recorded a team-high three hits, scored when Tristan Chesser reached on a single.
The Dawgs answered with four runs in the bottom of the first to take their first lead.
Day singled home Davis, then Day scored the tying run on a wild pitch during Carson Cloy’s at-bat. With Cloy and Lewis on due to walks, Fowler’s fielder’s choice drove home Lewis, who was hit by the ball at the plate. As the ball bounced away, Cloy was also able to race home to give the Dawgs a two-run cushion.