EARLY — Brownwood’s Twins scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, then fought off the Early Phillies’ rally in the top of the sixth for a 4-3 victory Monday in the opening round of the TTAB District 2 Freshman Open Base tournament at Early City Park.
With two outs in the bottom of the fifth, Collin Guidrey’s RBI single scored Graham Sharp with the tying run. Garrett Barnum also scored on the play as the cutoff throw into the infield was misplayed. After a late throw home, Guidrey moved to third base, then scored on a late wild throw down to third base.
In the top of the sixth, Ethan Easley’s two-out RBI single brought home Dakota Perry to close the gap to 4-3.
Eric Chavez then singled, but not deep enough to score Easley.
Twins pitcher Jared Crouch — who struck out four batters and scattered seven hits — was then able to induce a ground out to end the game.
The Phillies broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the third with Kyler Wallis’ RBI ground out that scored Stephen Hlis.
Early scored first in the top of the first when Perry’s RBI single brought home Nick Alcorta. The Twins drew even in the second when Carson McAnally scored on an error.
The Twins will face the Brownwood Rangers at 6 today for the right to advance to Wednesday’s district championship game.
The Rangers scored nine runs in the top of the first inning en route to a 12-2 win over the Early Rangers in Monday’s other first-round contest.