The Brownwood White Sox scored all their runs in their final four trips to the plate as they rallied from a first-inning deficit for a 16-3 victory over Early Purple to open the TTAB District 3 Junior Boys tournament Monday at the Camp Bowie Sports Complex.
The White Sox will face the Gorman A’s — who drew a first-round bye — at 3 today in winner’s bracket action, while Early does not play again until 3 p.m. Wednesday in an elimination game against either the Brownwood Rangers or Goldthwaite Gold.
Brownwood finished with nine hits off the Early pitching trio of Hunter Stanford, Brandan Childs and J.S. Dyer. Early pitchers also dished out nine walks, hit three batters and tossed several wild pitches, while the Purple defense committed four errors.
Graylon Brown finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs for the White Sox, A.J. Salazar was 2-for-3 with a team-high four RBIs and Dylan Burleson added a 2-for-4 effort and drove in a run.
On the mound, Patrick Espinoza allowed four hits and four walks in four innings, while striking out four. Brown pitched the fifth inning and hit one batter while striking out another.
Early jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning as Stanford led off with a solo home run to right field. Blanton Bowen then drew a walk and Dyer followed with a double. Bowen scored on a passed ball during Austin Baugh’s at-bat, then Baugh drove home Dyer with a sacrifice fly.
After being retired in order in the top of the first inning, the White Sox tallied six runs in the top of the second.
Stacen Torres, who walked, scored on a wild pitch, then Rey Arriaga, who reached on a fielder’s choice, came home on an error. Another wild pitch during Salazar’s at-bat allowed Mitch Stephens, who walked, to score the tying run.
Salazar’s RBI ground out to shortstop brought home Cade Johnson, who reached on an error, as the White Sox grabbed a 4-3 advantage. Brown then ripped an RBI double that plated Espinoza, who walked, while Burleson singled home Brown.
Brownwood increased its lead to 9-3 in the top of the third inning.
Salazar’s two-RBI double down the left field line plated Stephens, who walked, and Johnson, who was hit by a pitch. Salazar later scored on Brown’s RBI single up the middle.
The Brownwood lead reached 12-3 in the top of the fourth inning as Torres and Arriaga both scored on wild pitches prior to Espinoza’s sacrifice fly, which drove home Johnson.
The White Sox enforced the mercy rule with four runs in the top of the fifth inning. Burleson and Tyler Edwards both scored on the same wild pitch to give Brownwood a 14-3 edge. Stephens and Salazar followed with RBI singles to cap the scoring.
After the first inning, Early’s best chance to score occurred in the bottom of the third. Baugh and Dustin Worthen led off with consecutive singles, but with one out, Austin Isom lined into a double play to end the threat.