Bulletin Staff Report
SAN ANGELO — The Early Longhorns are in need of consecutive victories Saturday to prevent their latest postseason trip from ending with a first-round exit.
Early, making its first playoff appearance since its 2005 run to the state quarterfinals, dropped Game 1 of its Region I-2A bi-district series to the Coahoma Bulldogs, 12-7, Thursday night at Colt Stadium.
The Longhorns (14-13), the third seed from District 6-2A, have now dropped seven of their last 10 games. Meanwhile, 5-2A runner-up Coahoma (18-8) has won five of its last six.
Game 2 is slated for Saturday at 4 p.m. back at Colt Stadium, and Game 3, if needed, will begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of Game 2.
In Thursday’s contest, Early outhit Coahoma, 11-9, but the Longhorns committed nine crippling errors.
“We competed pretty well, we just had too many errors,” said Early head coach Randy Jones. “If we could eliminate those, we have a chance.
“Some of these guys are younger and it was their first playoff game and I think we just played tight.”
Coahoma jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the second inning, but Early trimmed the deficit to 4-2 before the Bulldogs added another four-spot in the top of the fourth.
Early trailed 12-3 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, but pushed across four runs in its final at-bat.
Taylor Singleton finished with three base hits for the Longhorns — a double and two singles.
Mitchell Bailey and Jonathan Conley added two hits each, while Cody Thompson and Stephen Hopkins doubled.
Cale Bearden started on the mound and took the loss. Thompson took over in the fifth inning and finished the game.