Longhorns slide to fourth place in 7-3A after 8-4 loss to Indians; Dragons drop 10-4 non-district tilt with Clyde
BY DERRICK STUCKLY
COMANCHE — The Early Lady Horns rebounded from their first district softball loss and moved into sole possession of second place in the 7-3A standings with a 12-2 victory over the Comanche Maidens Tuesday.
Early (15-9, 3-1) led Comanche (10-7, 2-2) by a 2-0 count after two innings, 6-2 after three and built a 12-2 advantage through four frames.
During the Lady Horns’ six-run fourth, Sydnee Shea and Gabby Constancia began the inning with back-to-back bunt singles. A base hit from Parker Smith then filled the sacks ahead of a two-RBI double by Ramsie Rodgers. Smith later scored on a wild pitch while Rodgers came home on an RBI sacrifice fly from MaKayla Deleon. Lily Reagan then singled ahead of a Beale Madison Gordon double, and both runners scored on a two-RBI line drive down the third base line by Laiken Reagan.
The Lady Horns will host Brady Friday.
Comanche 8, Longhorns 4
COMANCHE — With a chance to move into a tie for first place in the District 7-3A standings, the Early Longhorns instead slipped to fourth place with an 8-4 loss to the Comanche Indians Tuesday.
The Longhorns (5-9, 1-2) trail 7-3A front-runner Comanche (6-5, 3-0), Bangs (5-9, 2-1) and Coleman (4-9, 2-2) following Tuesday’s outcomes.
Early surrendered seven runs over the first three innings before scoring three runs in the top of the fifth. Comanche tacked on its final run in the bottom of the sixth while Early scored once in the top of the seventh.
The Longhorns mustered just three hits off Trenton Strickland and Ryan Senger, who walked three and struck out five.
Abel Hernandez went 2-for-4 with all four RBIs while Tristan Horton added a single.
On the mound, Horton worked the first four innings and allowed seven runs — three earned — on six hits with two walks and a strikeout. Walker Leach pitched the final two innings and yielded one run on three hits with a pair of walks and one strikeout.
In the top of the fifth, Christian Alcorta led off with a walk, Cody Guidry was hit by a pitch and Leach drew a one-out free pass. Hernandez then doubled to center field to score all three runners.
In the seventh, Leach walked with two outs, pinch-runner Ryan Hill stole second and Hernandez singled home Hill.
The Longhorns will host Brady Friday.
Clyde 10, Dragons 4
CLYDE — The Bangs Dragons dropped a 10-4 non-district decision to the Clyde Bulldogs Tuesday night, their second consecutive setback.
Bangs (5-9, 2-1 in district) jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two innings, but Clyde closed to within 3-2 in the third, took a 7-3 edge in the fourth and extended it to 8-3 after five. The Dragons tacked on an additional run in the top of the sixth but the Bulldogs answered with two in the bottom half.
Kolton Jacobs, Mason Reichenau, Chance Beck, Charlie Bettis, Colton Brewer and Tucker Tarpley all pitched and combined to give up seven earned runs on seven hits with four walks and four strikeouts. The Dragon defense committed six errors.
Offensively for the Dragons, Bettis led the way with three hits, including a double, and two runs scored while Zach Zink finished with a pair of hits, including a double, and two RBIs. Jacobs added two hits as well while Reichenau and Brewer both singled.
The Dragons return to district action Friday when Comanche visits.