EARLY — The Early Astros used a six-run bottom of the fourth inning to complete their rally from a five-run deficit as the defeated the Brownwood Tigers, 10-8, Tuesday at the Early City Park in Texas Teen-Age Baseball District 12 Freshman Open-Base tournament action.
With the win, the Astros will meet the Brownwood Rangers in today’s 6 p.m. championship game. The Rangers defeated the Tigers earlier Tuesday, 5-4, to advance to the tournament final.
Only the tournament champion will move on to the 14-team TTAB Freshman Open-Base state tournament, which will be held in Whitehouse starting July 23.
The Astros trailed 7-2 after 2 1/2 innings, but closed the gap to 7-4 in the bottom of the third on an RBI single by Calob Childs, which scored Austin Isom, and an RBI ground out by Diego Ramirez, which scored Childs.
Early then exploded in the bottom of the fourth inning as Austin Chick led off with a single, then Daniel Castillo reached base on an error. With one out, Zane Rogers singled to load the bases.
Isom’s RBI single to left field scored Chick and cut the deficit to 7-5. Childs followed with an RBI fielder’s choice that plated Castillo, which reduced Brownwood’s lead to 7-6.
With two outs, Ramirez ripped a two-run single up the middle that brought home Rogers and Isom and gave Early its first lead, 8-7. John Alsides followed with another two-RBI single to center that plated Childs and Ramirez with the Astros’ final runs.
Brownwood managed one run in the top of the sixth on Peyton Donahoo’s RBI ground out that scored Scott Kinzler, but Childs — who pitched the final 4 2-3 innings in relief to collect the win — got out of the jam.
The Tigers jumped up in front 2-0 in the top of the first inning on RBI bases-loaded walks by Zane Helms and Devin Cannon. Bryant McDaniel and Dustin Evans scored Brownwood’s two runs.
Early pulled even in the bottom of the first with a two-out, two-RBI single to right-center field by Alsides, which brought home Will Fisher and Ramirez.
Brownwood regained control, 6-2, behind a four-run top of the second. Evans’ RBI infield single scored Logan Dent to start the rally. McDaniel scored the second run of the inning on an errant pick off attempt before Ricky Corona’s RBI fielder’s choice knocked in Evans. Corona was later balked home to complete the scoring.
The Tigers tacked on another run in the top of the third build to their biggest lead, 7-2. Evans’ RBI single to left-center field drove home Dent, who reached on an infield single.