The Brownwood Rangers offense didn’t need to find a higher gear in the late innings of Thursday’s Texas Teen-Age Baseball District 5 Junior Boys championship game as they put away the Brownwood A’s early in a 17-3, five-inning blowout.
The A’s, who were thin on pitchers due to having played five tournament games just to reach the championship, surrendered 16 hits and twice allowed at least five runs in an inning.
Despite the loss, the A’s will join the Rangers at the 10-team TTAB Junior Boys state tournament — which begins Monday, July 23 in Lancaster — as the champion and runner-up from each district advance this year.
Rangers’ No. 9 hitter Jeremy Allgood homered for the second straight game and finished 2-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored.
Tanner Vaughn added a 3-for-3 effort that included three runs scored.
Other Rangers with multi-hit performances were Levi Perez (2-for-3, RBI, three runs), Taylor Chesser (2-for-4, RBI), Josh Fleming (2-for-4, 3 RBIs, two runs), Graylon Brown (2-for-4, two RBIs) and J.C. Pitts (2-for-3, RBI, run).
The A’s tallied just four hits off the Ranger pitching trio of Chesser, Brown and Vaughn.
C.J. Brewer and Jesse Coppic both recorded RBI singles in the top of the fourth inning. Cameron Chisholm led off the fourth with a double and scored. Jake Newton, who reached on an error, also crossed the plate.
The A’s first run scored in the third inning as Patrick Espinoza singled and came home after an error.
The Rangers grabbed a 1-0 advantage in the bottom of the first inning on Chesser’s RBI single that scored Vaughn, then they exploded for seven runs in the second inning.
The first seven batters reached base in the second as Pitts and Tyler Harth both drove in a run, while Allgood ripped a two-RBI single before the first out was recorded.
Fleming also had an RBI base hit in the inning and errors brought home the other two runs.
The Rangers increased their lead to 13-1 behind a five-run bottom of the third.
Neil Larremore led off with a walk before Allgood crushed an offering over the left-center field fence that pushed the Rangers’ lead to 10-1.
Perez’s RBI single then scored Vaughn, who reached on a bunt single, and Brown also knocked in a run during the third.
The Rangers’ final four runs crossed the plate in the bottom of the fourth.
Vaughn scored on a balk, then Fleming belted a two-RBI triple to right-center field that plated Perez and Harth. Brown capped the scoring with an RBI single to left field that knocked in Fleming.