EARLY The Early Lady Horns chalked up their eighth consecutive District 6-2A softball victory as they cruised past Jim Ned, 11-1, Tuesday.
With the victory, Early (17-7, 10-1) remained in a first-place tie with Bangs, which it defeated, 3-2, in eight innings Saturday, atop the district standings.
Kassidy Allen picked up the win in the circle against Jim Ned, while Samantha Hernandez belted three hits and Janae Williams and Lily Reagan both contributed two hits.
Lady Dragons 4, Ballinger 2
BANGS The Bangs Lady Dragons rebounded from their first District 6-2A loss with a 4-2 victory over Ballinger Tuesday, to remain tied for the league lead.
Tied at 2 after four innings, Bangs (16-3, 10-1) took a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning on an RBI double by Jaylee Roberts, while Kassidy Adams added an insurance run in the sixth with an RBI single.
Bangs finished with seven hits, led by two from Sarah Garcia and one each from Roberts, Adams, Kady Kyle, Erin Anderson and Cheyenne Edwards. Adams tallied two RBIs while Garcia and Roberts added one each.
In the circle, Anderson pitched all seven innings and allowed two runs on four hits with eight strikeouts and one walk.
Dragons 7, Ballinger 2
BANGS The fourth-place Bangs Dragons established some breathing room in the District 6-2A baseball playoff race, defeating fifth-place Ballinger, 7-2, Tuesday afternoon to complete a season sweep.
Bangs (10-9, 6-4) broke a 2-all tie in the bottom of the fourth inning after Ballinger (7-13, 4-6) drew even in the top of the inning. J.T. Newton launched a two-out, two-run home run that put the Dragons in front for good, 4-2.
Newton added a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth, and also went the distance on the mound, yielding two runs on four hits with 11 strikeouts and two walks.
The Dragons finished with seven hits two each by Newton and Chance Beck and one apiece by Brady Glover, Daniel Malett and Austin Walker.
Defensively, Bangs overcame four errors to earn its third victory in the last four outings.
Jim Ned 8, Longhorns 7
EARLY The Early Longhorns loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, but the Jim Ned Indians held on for an 8-7 District 6-2A baseball win Tuesday night.
The loss drops Early (14-4-1, 8-2) two games behind state-ranked Wall in the race for the 6-2A title.
Early led 7-5 after four innings, but was held scoreless over the final three.
The Longhorns 13-hit attack included three by Kellan Jackson, two each by Jared Crouch, Cojo Guidry and Stephen Hlis and one by Tres Underwood, Nick Alcorta, Cody Jones and Jake Fisher.
On the mound, Underwood, Alcorta and Hlis gave up eight runs four earned on seven hits with 13 strikeouts and seven walks.