BANGS — The Early Longhorns pulled away in their final at-bat to remain undefeated in District 7-3A baseball action, knocking off the Bangs Dragons, 11-7, Friday night.
Early (13-6, 6-0) completed a season sweep of Bangs (7-11-1, 2-5) with the victory, having won the first meeting on March 30 by a 5-0 count.
The Longhorns jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the top of the fourth inning, but the Dragons rallied to trim the deficit to 8-7 as the sixth inning ended with the tying and go-ahead runs at third and second base, respectively.
Early then struck for three runs in the top of the seventh to secure the win.
The Longhorns finished with 15 hits, led by four each from Cojo Guidry and Christopher Johnston, who both drove in two runs. Tristan Horton added two hits and an RBI, Grant Fanara recorded a couple of hits and Christian Alcorta finished with one hit and two RBIs. Nick Alcorta added a hit and one RBI and David Morales singled, as well.
The Dragons chalked up 14 hits led by three from Chane Burton, who also knocked in a run. Mason Reichenau and Chance Beck both finished with two hits and one RBI while David Wells, Zach Fuqua and Tucker Tarpley contributed one hit and one RBI apiece. Colton Brewer and Payton Hamrick also added singles for Bangs.
LADY DRAGONS 6, LADY HORNS 1
BANGS — The Bangs Lady Dragons scored four runs with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning to establish some breathing room in their 6-1 District 7-3A softball victory over the Early Lady Horns Friday.
Bangs (19-4, 6-1) completed a district sweep of the Lady Horns (10-9, 3-3), having won the first meeting in Early, 5-1, on March 30.
The Lady Dragons took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning as Raelee Francois and Taylor Malett both walked and scored following a Cheyenne Edwards single.
Bangs stretched its lead to 6-0 in the sixth as Malett walked to start the frame, then a two-out Kenedi Deal single, along with two errors on the play, began the onslaught. Vanessa Perez followed with a single and Francois added a triple before the damage was done.
Early scored its only run in the top of the seventh as Parker Smith and Ramsie Rodgers reached on a consecutive singles, then Andee Jo Rose plated Smith with a one-out RBI base hit.
In the third inning, the Lady Horns squandered a golden opportunity to score as Gaby Constancia and Smith started the inning with singles, then Lily Reagan reached with one out to load the bases. But Bangs pitcher Erin Anderson retired the next two Early batters, leaving the bases stranded.
Pitts and Perez led Bangs with two hits apiece while Edwards, Deal and Francois added one.
Early received two hits each from Smith and Rodgers and one each from Constancia, Reagan, Rose, Shaunna Pinson, MaKayla DeLeon and Beale Madison Gordon.