Early avenges earlier loss, improves to 5-2 in 6-3A action

EARLY — The Early Longhorns scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to rally past the Brady Bulldogs, 7-6, to avenge an earlier loss in District 6-3A baseball action.

Trailing 6-4 heading to the bottom of the seventh, Tristan Horton walked, Trace Evans singled and Chase Keilers was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs for Early (13-9, 5-2).

C.J. Hanley then tripled to left field, scoring all three base runners to cap the rally for the Longhorns.

Brady (10-10, 4-3) scored five runs in the top of the third inning to grab a 6-2 advantage, as five Early errors assisted the Bulldogs in grabbing the lead.

The Longhorns finished with five hits, drew three walks and Brady committed an error in the field.

Evans led the way for the Longhorns with two hits while Horton, Hanley and Christian Alcorta added one each. Alcorta and Brandon Lombrano also picked up RBIs, to go along with Hanley’s three.

On the mound, Alcorta gave up three earned runs on five hits with five strikeouts and one walk over five innings. Hanley got the win, tossing two innings of one-run ball with a pair of walks and a strikeout.

Early took a 2-1 lead in the second as an RBI ground by Lombrano scored Keilers, who walked, and Devyn Burns, who was hit by a pitch, scored on a wild pitch.

The Longhorns tallied single runs in the fifth and sixth innings as Alcorta doubled, which allowed Kylar Mercer, who was by a pitch, to score. Later, Lombrano, who walked, scored when Jesson Tarrant reached on an error.

Early visits Coleman at 4 p.m. Thursday.