Game ending double play clinches 2-1 win for Pleasant Grove over Rusk in 4A title game
ROUND ROCK, Texas (KTRE) - The Rusk Eagles came out on the wrong side of a 2-1 4A state championship game.
Rusk and Pleasant Grove were in a defensive battle the first two innings. Landon Gates was able to get an RBI in the top of the third to give Rusk the 1-0 advantage.
Pleasant Grove answered back with a run off a fielder’s choice and then a sacrifice fly in foul territory.
In the seventh, Rusk out two on base with one out but Tucker Anderson turned a double play at first to give the Hawks their third state title.
New Deal’s bats too hot Garrison in 2A Championship
New Deal’s offense was too strong for Garrison as the Lions beat the Bulldogs 7-2 in the 2A Championship.
Using their top two pitchers in the semifinal, Garrison went with Alex Slowikoski.
New Deal scored three runs in the first off of four hits. On their half of the first Garrison loaded the bases with two New Deal errors and a walk. Tyler Spivey was hit by a pitch to allow the first Bulldog run. Britt King would drive in a run on Garrison’s first hit of the game. The first ended with New Deal leading 3-2
In the fourth, Garrison trailed 5-2 and ended up loading the bases. Despite loading the bases the Bulldogs failed to score, hitting into a double play then a force out at home.
In the 6th inning Tyler Spivey came into the game as the relief pitcher. On his first pitch New Deal got a 2-run single to extend their lead to 7-2 which they would hold on to.
Late rally comes up short for Kennard in 1A championship
A late rally by the Kennard Tigers came up short Thursday in the 1A state championship.
The Tigers lost to the Fayetteville Lions 6-4 .
Pitcher Jaden Kulms got in a hole early with the Tigers giving up three runs in the first and another run in the second inning to trail 4-1 after three innings.
The Lions would add a run in the fourth to extend their lead to 5-1.
In the sixth Kennard looked to breakthrough when they had the bases loaded. Cade Collinsworth Would get an RBI single to make the game 5-2. That is the only run the Tigers could produce.
In the seventh Keyton Lumbreraz brought in a run to make it a three run deficit for Kennard. Dylan Cole then had a sacrifice fly to make it 6-4. Fayetteville would get the final strikeout to end the game.
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