Longhorns knock off Jim Ned, 8-3, to improve to 3-0 in district baseball race

DERRICK STUCKLY BROWNWOOD BULLETIN derrick.stuckly@brownwoodbulletin.com

TUSCOLA — The Early Longhorns remained atop the District 6-2A baseball standings with an 8-3 road triumph over the Jim Ned Indians Thursday afternoon.

Leading 3-2 after three innings, the Longhorns (10-2-1, 3-0) struck for three runs in top of the fourth inning and tacked on single runs in the sixth and seventh innings.

Early recorded nine hits, drew three walks and took advantage of four Jim Ned errors. Jared Crouch, Kellan Jackson and Stephen Hlis each finished with a pair of hits and one RBI, while Abel Hernandez added one hit and one RBI, Nick Alcorta and J.W. Ledbetter finished with one hit apiece and Christopher Johnston contributed an RBI.

On the mound, Jackson worked 4.2 innings, allowing three runs on four hits with four strikeouts and three walks to collect the victory. Alcorta tossed 2.1 innings of perfect relief with three strikeouts.

During Early's three-run fourth, Crouch led off with a triple and scored on an RBI ground out by Hernandez. Alcorta then singled and later scored on an error, while Ledbetter reached on a dropped third strike and Joel Justice — running for Ledbatter — came home on an RBI single by Hlis.

The Longhorns will host No. 7 Wall at 7 p.m. Tuesday.