PREP ROUNDUP: Eighth-inning single gives Bulldogs win over Cardinals
A one-out bunt Rene Cunningham executed for a single drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as visiting Nederland stepped out of District 21-5A play and took a 5-4 win over Bridge City at Chuck Young Field on Tuesday.
Nederland (9-7-2), winner of six straight, won the rubber match over the District 22-4A Cardinals (12-6-2) for the season. Nederland won 7-4 in Jasper on March 8 and Bridge City won 5-4 in the Cardinal Classic on Feb. 22.
Bridge City sought a rally in the bottom of the eighth with a Logan Hamm single. A sacrifice bunt by Cameron Yadon moved Hamm to second, but Jacob Mares included a groundout and flyout to seal the win.
Mares struck out three and allowed an earned run on four hits in 3 2/3 innings. Starter Noah Gregory gave up three earned runs on four hits in three innings, and Kamden Grant came on to hold the Cards to a hit in 1 1/3 innings, but walked three.
Hamm suffered the loss despite striking out six. He allowed the winning run on four hits in 3 2/3 innings.
Nederland tagged four unearned runs on BC starter Sam Carpenter, who allowed three hits and fanned three in four innings. The Cards committed five errors to the Bulldogs’ one.
Jaxon Luna threw five pitches in one-third of an inning before Hamm came on.
Bridge City tied the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh with two outs. Cace Skinner singled to right field and advanced to second on a throw as Trevor Wilson scratched across the run.
The Cards evened the score at 3-3 with a three-run second, but Nederland took a 4-3 lead in the fifth.
Brock Holton went 2 for 4, and Landon Hiltz, Omar Mascorro, Cunningham, Corbin Chandler and Samuel Wille each had a hit for Nederland. Tanner Wilson went 3 for 3 to lead Bridge City, with Peyton Havard, Kade Benoit, Slade Foreman and Carpenter also hitting safely.
Barbers Hill 4, Memorial 0
In Port Arthur, the game was scoreless for three innings until Barbers Hill scratched three runs, and the Eagles went on to shut out the Titans (5-5, 2-1 in 21-5A), who came off their bye week in district play.
Adler Kithler allowed three earned runs on six hits and struck out six Eagles in a complete-game defeat.
PNG 8, Dayton 0
In Port Neches, Grant Rogers held the Broncos to two hits in a complete-game victory for the Indians (8-11-1, 1-2 in 21-5A).
Ryan Sosa led the PNG attack, going 3 for 3 with two RBI. Khristian Curtis batted 2 for 2, Dean Guidry 2 for 4 with two runs scored and an RBI, and Cade Billeaud 2 for 3 with a triple and two RBI.
Austin Schaper also drove in two runs.
PNG scored six runs in the fourth inning to build on a 2-0 edge.
Also Tuesday, Evadale defeated Sabine Pass 17-3.
Nederland 15, Memorial 0, 4 inn.
In Nederland, all but one player in the Bulldog lineup had at least one hit, and Sierra Wiltz held Memorial to just one in four innings of a run-ruled District 21-5A win.
Corley Pompa and Tori Morrison each pounded a triple, and Alyssa Collazo and Wiltz each doubled for the Bulldogs (17-11, 6-0 in 21-5A). Morrison drove in four runs as she, Allison Sorensen, Kallye Taylor and Pompa each roped two hits.
Hannah Grumbles and Collazo drove in two runs apiece. Brittany Taylor and Chaelyn Esquivel each lined a single.
Demeria Anderson had the lone hit for Memorial (0-13-1, 0-4).