BANGS — The Brownwood Red Sox built a three-run advantage in a do-or-die game at the TTAB District 2 10U Tight Baseball tournament Tuesday, but the Coleman Bluecats made sure that lead didn’t last.
Coleman tallied 12 of the game’s final 13 runs and chalked up a 13-5 victory that ended the campaign for the Red Sox, who opened tournament action with an 8-7 loss to the May Tigers Monday.
Coleman will go on to face the Brownwood Royals — who lost to the Early Hurricanes, 16-6, Tuesday — at 6 p.m. today in elimination action. The other 6 p.m. elimination game pits the Brownwood Tigers — who rallied from four runs down in their final at-bat to oust Santa Anna, 10-9, Tuesday — against the May Tigers — who dropped a 13-1 decision to the Brownwood Pirates.
At 8:30 p.m. today, the Pirates and Hurricanes clash with a berth in Thursday’s district championship game at stake. Also at 8:30 p.m., the Royals-Coleman and Tigers-May winners will square off in an attempt to keep their seasons alive.
In the Red Sox’s season finale Tuesday, Brownwood fell behind 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning as Coleman’s Skylar Minshew drew a walk off pitcher Cole Miller — who struck out seven and walked only two. Minshew later came home to score on a two-out RBI single by Blaze Hronek.
Brownwood seized the advantage in the top of the second, however, as Evan Escobar walked off Coleman’s Braxton Smith — who fanned 11 batters and issued a half-dozen walks — while later in the inning Xavier Zepeda reached on a fielder’s choice. With two runners on and two outs, Logan Posey ripped a three-run inside-the-park homer over the Coleman left fielder’s head for a 3-1 Red Sox edge.
Brownwood later stretched the advantage to 4-1 in the top of the third as Miller led off with a single and scored on the back end of a double steal with Alonzo Lopez, who walked.
Coleman closed the gap to 4-3 in the bottom of the third as Minshew walked and Jorge Salas reached on an infield single, and both scored on a two-RBI double by Hronek.
The Bluecats then erupted for five runs in the fourth inning and added five more in the fifth to pull away from the Red Sox.
Coleman’s fourth inning featured an RBI ground out by Hunter Lackey, an RBI single by Minshew and a three-run inside-the-park home run from Hronek.
In the Bluecat fifth, Kaden Johnson led off with a walk then Jadin Jackson launched a two-run homer over the center field fence. Skyler Clark tacked on an RBI single while Coleman’s final two runs scored on wild pitches.
The only other run for the Red Sox scored in the top of the fifth as Isaac Hall walked and scored on an RBI single up the middle by Miller.