EARLY — The Early Longhorns scored twice in the bottom of the sixth inning to defeat Winters, 6-5, in their first game at the Action Sports Invitational, being hosted by Early and Bangs this weekend.

Chris Johnston led off the bottom of the sixth with a triple and scored on a wild pitch to knot the score at 5. Courtesy runner Joel Justice — who entered the game after Stephen Hlis had walked — advanced to third when Johnston scored on the wild pitch and later came home with the winning win on an RBI sacrifice fly by Nick Alcorta.

Early finished with just three hits — two by Jared Crouch and one by Johnston — but drew eight walks — two by Tres Underwood and one each by Crouch, Johnston, Hlis, Kellan Jackson, Jake Fisher and A.B. Harding.

On the mound, Jackson worked the first five innings and allowed four earned runs on seven hits with 10 strikeouts and two walks. Harding pitched the sixth inning to claim the victory as he yielded a walk while tallying a strikeout.


Longhorns 8, Lago Vista 8

EARLY — The Early Longhorns concluded Thursday’s first day of Action Sports Invitational competition by playing Lago Vista to an 8-8 six-inning, time-limit tie.

As was the case during their first game Thursday, the Longhorns scored in their final at-bat to avoid a loss.

Nick Alcorta reached on a two-out single in the sixth and J.W. Ledbetter followed with a base hit of an his own. An error — one of three by Lago Vista, allowed the Longhorns to score the tying run.

The game was tied at 2 after one inning,while Early led 3-2 after two frames and 5-3 through three. Lago Vista snatched a 6-5 advantage in the fifth and carried an 8-7 lead to the bottom of the sixth.

The Longhorns finished with nine hits including three by Ledbetter, two from Alcorta and one each from Kellan Jackson, Stephen Hlis and Christopher Johnston.

Collecting RBIs were Alcorta, Ledbetter, Hlis, Johnston and Jared Crouch.

Tres Underwood started on the mound for Early and worked four innings, allowing five earned runs on four hits with three strikeouts and four walks. Cody Jones pitched the final two innings and gave up one run on two hits with a pair of strikeouts and three walks.

The Longhorns (2-0-1) will host Merkel at 11 a.m. today in their only game and will host Abilene Wylie at 11 a.m. Saturday.


Abilene Wylie 10, Dragons 0

BANGS — The Bangs Dragons suffered their first loss of the season, 10-0 to Class 3A Abilene Wylie, in their first game at the Action Sports Invitational Thursday morning.

The Dragons managed just two hits — one by J.T. Newton and one by Chance Beck — and Newton also drew a walk.

Wylie tallied two runs each in the second and sixth innings, while exploding for six runs in the top of the third.

Newton started on the mound for the Dragons and yielded five earned runs on eight hits with six strikeouts and four walks over four innings. Daniel Malett tossed the last two innings, surrendering a pair of runs on two hits with three strikeouts and two walks.


Merkel 18, Dragons 13

BANGS — The Bangs Dragons offense came alive, but the pitching again struggled in an 18-13 defeat at the hands of Merkel Thursday night — their second of the Action Sports Invitational.

Bangs surrendered seven runs in the top of the first, but scored five in the bottom half. After two innings, Merkel’s lead stood at 12-8. The Dragons closed to within 12-9 after three innings, but Badgers increased the lead to 18-13 after four innings, and the time limit was enforced in the fifth.

The Dragons finished with 14 hits, including home runs by Brady Glover and J.T. Newton. Newton and Tanner Shaw each finished with three hits, Glover, Zach Fuqua and Daniel Malett added two apiece and Austin Walker and Chuy Alvarado tallied one each.

Newton and Glover racked up three RBIs apiece followed by Fuqua and Glover with two each, while Malett Shaw and David Wells added one each.

The Bangs pitching combination of Fuqua, Walker and Mason Reichenau gave up 17 hits and walked 10 batters in four innings.

The Dragons (1-2) will host Winters at 11 a.m. today in their only game and will host Lago Vista at 11 a.m. Saturday.