7-3A BASEBALL: Early fights from six down, clips Coleman in eight, 9-8

Derrick Stuckly Brownwood Bulletin derrick.stuckly@brownwoodbulletin.com

EARLY — The Early Longhorns overcame a six-run deficit, scoring in the bottom of the eighth inning to secure a 9-8 come-from-behind win over the Coleman Bluecats Friday night to remain undefeated in District 7-3A baseball action.

Early (12-4, 5-0) allowed three runs in the top of the first inning and fell into a 7-1 hole after two full innings. The Longhorns closed the gap to 7-4 after three frames and pulled even at 8 with four runs in the bottom of the fifth.

In the eighth inning, Early’s Cojo Guidry led off with a double to center field. Then, with one out, Christopher Johnston reached on an error in right field that allowed Guidry to race home with the winning run.

The Longhorns finished with just six hits but drew 10 walks and took advantage of four Coleman errors. Grant Fanara led the way with three hits, one walk and an RBI, while Christian Alcorta drove in three RBIs without a hit and just one walk. Nick Alcorta and Tristan Horton each walked twice, with Horton picking up an RBI. Guidry finished with one hit and one walk, while David Morales collected one hit and one RBI and Abel Hernandez contributed a base hit.

On the mound for Early, Johnston worked 6.2 innings and allowed eight runs — three earned — on 10 hits with seven strikeouts and three walks. Cody Jones pitched 1.1 perfect innings with one strikeout.

The Longhorns will host Cisco in non-district action at 7 p.m. Tuesday.



BANGS — The Bangs Dragons’ rally came up short as the Brady Bulldogs held on for a 6-5 District 7-3A baseball victory Friday night.

Trailing 6-2 though five innings, Bangs (6-10-1, 1-4) chalked up two runs in the bottom of the sixth and one in the seventh before the Bulldogs escaped. Bangs’ final out in the bottom of the seventh was made at the plate.

The Dragons finished with 10 hits and did not commit and error, but managed just single runs in the fourth and fifth innings before their late push.

David Wells led the charge for Bangs with three hits and two RBIs while Mason Reichenau chipped in two hits and one RBI. Chance Beck hit a solo home run while Chane Burton also drove in a run with a hit. Zach Fuqua, Austin Walker and Brayden James also added hits to the Dragons’ tally.

On the mound for Bangs, James pitched four innings and gave up six runs on 10 hits with two strikeouts and two walks. Colton Brewer worked three innings and surrendered three hits with five strikeouts and one walk.

The Dragons will visit Coleman at 4 p.m. Tuesday.