Robinson makes it three straight
For the third straight year, the Rockets found their way to the top though a maze of good teams to rack up the Bell Rivals Championship, by ripping up the No. 1 team in the state—Giddings—14-4 in the finale.
Hometown host Rockdale was sixth after being subdued by Smithville 5-0 in the final game.
The Tigers’ Dillan Schnerr and Hector Garcia were named to the all-tournament team.
Schnerr was incendiary at the plate, going 12-for-15 with nine runs batted in.
Robinson’s Matt Walker was named the tournament MVP and teammates Brandon Ash and Zach Sullivan were also named to the team.
Giddings placed Trey Masek, Tye Marlow and Rush Plumlee on the all-tournament team. Marlow was a repeater from last season when he was named the MVP.
Rockdale went 2-3 in the tournament to even its season mark at 3-3.
“We didn’t play as well as I had hoped and expected,” said Rockdale Coach Jarad Richards. “Overall for the tournament I told the guys that I was very proud of our pitching and other than the first game versus Rogers our defense played really well too, but overall our hitting is bad right now, really bad.
“ There are a few t hat are streaky and have a good game here and there. And it seems there’s always one or two guys that hit well each game.
“But its always a dif ferent two that hit well and we haven’t been consistent as a team at the plate yet at all. The tournament was good for us though. It clearly opened some of our eyes I think to what we need to improve on individually for our team to improve as a whole. It’s early though and we’ll get better”.
The aforementioned Schnerr was the model of consistency with at least one hit in every game and at one point in the tournament lashed out 10 straight hits with nine runs batted in.
The 6-foot-4, 250-pound junior first baseman went 4-for-4 in the Tigers 10-0 win over Sharpstown with a home run and four runs batted in.
He followed that up with a 3-for-3, two RBI performance in Rockdale’s 14-0 blanking of Midland Greenwood.
Next up, he was 3-for-3 with three runs batted in in the Tigers’ 16-3 loss to No. 1 Giddings.
Senior catcher Joe Sanders went 2-for-3 with five runs batted in, including a triple in the Tigers big win over Greenwood.
The Tigers spotty pitching had a couple of bright spots.
Sophomore Tate Pounders tossed a no-hitter at Sharpstown w ith 10 strikeouts along the way.
Senior Greg Chelf hurled a one-hitter in Rockdale’s Greenwood win.
The Tigers were without the services of senior J.B Debault who re-injured his long suffering shoulder in the second inning of the first game of the tournament.
Rockdale—Dillan Schnerr, Hector Garcia; Cameron—John Rinn, Thomas Rinn*; Giddings—Trey Masek, Tye Marlow*, Rush Plumlee; Smithville—Dylan Hancock, Jacob Hannusch; Rogers—Matt Macha, Travis Perkins; Elgin—Dylan Scott, Justin Lundgren; Sahrpstown— Armando Gonzales; McGregor—Raul Olvera; Midland Greenwood—Dalton White, Bevan Moody; Robinson—Brandon Ashcraft, Zach Sullivan, Matt Walker* (MVP). * 2009 all-tournament