Longhorns throttle Gorman, 11-2, in Hamilton baseball tournament finale

DERRICK STUCKLY BROWNWOOD BULLETIN derrick.stuckly@brownwoodbulletin.com

HAMILTON — The Early Longhorns completed an undefeated run at the Hamilton baseball tournament with an 11-2 victory over Gorman Saturday.

The Longhorns (6-2-1) jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one inning, tallied single runs in the second and third, and added six more runs in the seventh.

Early finished with six hits and took advantage of five Gorman errors, while Kellan Jackson and Nick Alcorta combined on a one-hitter on the mound. Jackson gave up two runs on one hit with eight strikeouts and three walks over 4.1 innings, while Alcorta tossed the final 2.2 innings and struck out seven without allowing a base runner.

Jared Crouch recorded two hits for the Longhorns while Tres Underwood, Abel Hernandez, Jake Fisher and Jackson contributed one hit apiece. Jackson and Ledbetter finished with two RBIs each, while Crouch, Underwood, Alcorta and Stephen Hlis were credited with one RBI apiece.

In Early’s three-run first inning, Crouch was hit by a pitch and scored when Alcorta reached on an error, the first of a handful for Gorman. Ledbetter then reached on another Gorman miscue, which allowed Underwood, who drew a walk, to cross the plate. Jackson later contributed an RBI sacrifice fly that brought home Alcorta.

The Longhorns’ second inning saw Hernandez reached on a dropped third strike and later score on an RBI single by Crouch.

Early extended its lead to 5-0 in the third as Ledbetter’s RBI ground out scored Underwood, who began the inning with an infield single.

Leading 5-2 heading to the seventh inning, the Longhorn offense added plenty of cushion in its last at-bat. Hernandez, Fisher and Crouch singled to load the bases with one out, then Underwood walked to earn an RBI. Alcorta was hit by a pitch to drive in the seventh run, Ledbetter drew a bases-loaded walk and Jackson followed with an RBI single, while an error on the play brought in the 10th run. Hlis then capped the scoring for Early with an RBI ground out.

The Longhorns open District 6-2A action at 7 p.m. Friday when Grape Creek visits.