Dragons pull away from Brady, Longhorns fall to Coleman in 7-3A baseball openers

Derrick Stuckly / Brownwood Bulletin

BANGS — The Bangs Dragons scored eight runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to pull away from Brady for a 13-4 victory in their District 7-3A baseball opener Thursday.

Bangs (4-7-1, 1-0) knotted the score at 2 in the bottom of the first inning and pulled even at 3 in the third. Brady (0-1 in district) regained a 4-3 edge in the top of the fifth, but the Dragons scored twice in the bottom half to seize the advantage and added plenty of insurance in their final trip to the plate.

The Dragons collected eight hits — three by Zach Fuqua and one apiece by Mason Reichenau, Tucker Tarpley, Charlie Bettis, Payton Hamrick and Landon James. Fuqua and Reichenau each tallied two RBIs while Tarpley, Bettis, Hamrick, Colton Brewer and Chance Beck added one apiece.

Bangs also drew nine walks — three by Hamrick, two by James and one each by Reichenau, Brewer, Beck and Bettis.

On the mound, Beck worked four innings and allowed four runs on eight hits with four strikeouts and five walks. Brewer notched the win in relief as he tossed the final three innings and struck out nine with one walk and no hits allowed.

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

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Coleman 7, Longhorns 5

EARLY — The Early Longhorns gave up three runs in the top of the seventh inning and suffered a 7-5 loss to Coleman Thursday night in the District 7-3A baseball opener for both squads.

Early (3-8-1, 0-1) led 3-2 after one inning, 5-2 after four and 5-4 through five frames.

The Longhorns mustered just three hits but drew seven walks and took advantage of five Coleman (0-1 in district) errors.

Drew Sessler and David Morales both finished with a single and an RBI while Abel Hernandez added the other Longhorn hit. Kylar Mercer drew two walks while Hernandez, Morales, Trace Evans, Christian Alcorta and Walker Leach also reached on free passes.

On the mound, Tristan Horton started and surrendered six runs — one earned — on six hits with four strikeouts and two walks over 6.1 innings. Hernandez recorded the final two outs, allowing one run on two hits with a pair of strikeouts.

The Early defense committed five errors.

The Longhorns host Dublin in non-district action at 7 p.m. Tuesday, then venture to Bangs at 7 p.m. Friday to resume 7-3A competition.

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Lady Horns 21, Coleman 0

EARLY — The Early Lady Horns improved to 2-0 in District 7-3A softball action and 14-8 for the season with a 21-0 thrashing of Coleman Thursday.

Makayla DeLeon tossed her second straight no-hitter in district action for Early.

The Lady Horns led 4-0 after one inning, 12-0 after two and 17-0 through three innings.

No further information was available.

The Lady Horns are off until Friday when they visit the Bangs Lady Dragons at 5 p.m.

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Lady Dragons 7, Brady 2

BANGS — The Bangs Lady Dragons remained undefeated in District 7-3A softball action with a 7-2 victory over Brady Thursday.

No further information was available.

The Lady Dragons (14-4, 2-0) travel to Coleman at 4 p.m. Tuesday.