Dragons rebound, hold off Ballinger for 5-4 District 6-2A baseball win

DERRICK STUCKLY BROWNWOOD BULLETIN derrick.stuckly@brownwoodbulletin.com

BALLINGER — Bangs head coach Jim Bob Williams recorded his 300th career victory as the Dragons rebounded from their first District 6-2A baseball loss with a 5-4 victory at Ballinger Thursday afternoon.

The Dragons (6-6, 2-1) trailed 2-0 after three innings, opened a 5-2 edge heading into the bottom of the sixth and held off a late Ballinger rally attempt.

Bangs chalked up eight hits and made the most of six Ballinger errors. J.T. Newton finished with two hits, including a home run, and a pair of RBIs, while Tanner Shaw also added two hits. Chuy Alvarado tallied with one hit and one RBI, while Chane Burton, Daniel Malett and David Wells contributed one hit apiece.

On the mound, Brady Glover pitched 4.2 innings and surrendered four runs on four hits with 10 strikeouts and four walks. Chance Beck worked 1.1 innings and allowed only two hits with one strikeout, and Newton pitched an inning of scoreless relief with two strikeouts and one walk.

Down 2-0 heading to the fifth, Bangs grabbed a 3-2 lead as Wells and Newton both singled ahead of an RBI base hit by Alvarado. Shaw then singled and an error on the play allowed Newton to race home as the tying run. Beck later reached on a two-out error, which allowed Alvarado to score and push the Dragons in front.

Bangs stretched its lead to 5-2 in the fifth as Malett led off with a single and he scored on a two-out, two-run home run by Newton.

Ballinger drew within a run in the bottom of the sixth at 5-4, but the Dragons were able to hold on down the stretch.

The Dragons will host Jim Ned at 7 p.m. Tuesday.