Tigers open district play by mashing Madisonville

Schnerr spearheads 14-hit attack

Joe Sanders leads the Tigers with 17 runs batted in. Joe Sanders leads the Tigers with 17 runs batted in. The Rockdale Tigers got off on the good foot to open District 24- 3a play by mashing Madisonville 13-2 Tuesday night on the road.

The Tigers improved to 6-5 on the year.

Led by Dillan Schnerr, Rockdale pounded out 14 hits and played error-free baseball in the league opener.

Schnerr, who is knocking the cover off the ball with a .583 batting average and a .750 slugging percentage, went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs batted in, his 15th and 16th of the young season.

Joe Sanders and J.B. Debault (four runs) complemented Schnerr with two hits and two runs batted in.

Sanders, who clubbed two doubles, is hitting .464 and leads the Tigers with 17 runs batted in.

On the strength of six doubles, Rockdale led 6-0 after two innings and added seven more over the final three innings, including three in the seventh.

Brandon Gibbs (1-1) was sharp in his second start of the season, allowing just two hits and the righthander did not walk a batter. He fanned eight batters before giving way to Duke Schneider in the sixth inning.

Fairfield Tournament The Tigers went 2-2 at the Fairfield Tournament where they were the defending champions.

Rockdale ripped up the host team 9-2 in the final game with Chelf picking up the victory after allowing just a pair of singles to run his record to 3-1 on the season.

Debault, Sanders and Schnerr all banged out two hits apiece with Schnerr bringing in two runs.

The Tigers’ late inning comeback fell short in their 8-4 loss to Rusk.

Sanders went 2-for-3 with two runs batted in on the strength of a triple.

Elliott took the loss, surrendering eight runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings.

In a second round game, Rockdale lept out to an 8-0 lead in toppling Ferris 10-3 behind Sanders’ home run and five runs batted in, his second 5 RBI game of the season.

Chelf, who also picked up the win, knocked in a pair of runs.

Chelf went three innings to record the victory on a one-hitter.

In the tournament opener, the Tigers managed just three hits in a 7-2 loss to Corsicana.

Garcia, Debault and Schnerr accounted for the hits, w ith Debault and Schnerr bringing home the runs.

Duke Schneider (0-1) was the complete game loser after allow-


Hitting (at bats-hits-avg)— Schnerr 21-36 .583; Byrd 2-4 .500; Sanders 11-23 .478; Schneider 7-18 .389; Garcia 9-25 .360; Debault 3-12 .250; Chelf 3-18 .167; Young 2-12 .167; Burrough 2-13 .154; Elliott 3-23 .130; Betchan 1-7 .111; Gibbs 1-22 .045; Davidson 0-6 .000; Pounders 0-3 .000; Evans 0-2 .000; Locklin 0-2 .000; Herrera 0-0 .000. Runs—Sanders 14, Schnerr 8. Doubles—Schneider 3, Schnerr 2. Triples—Sanders 3, Schneider 1. Home runs—Schnerr 1, Sanders 1. RBI—Sanders 15, Schnerr 14. Steals—Sanders 3, Burrough 2. Pitching—Chelf 3-1, 3.10; Pounders 1-0, 0.00; Elliott 1-2, 8.08; Schneider 0-1, 9.13.

Team District Overall
Rockdale 1-0 6-5
Taylor 0-0 N/A
Bryan Rudder 0-0 N/A
Navasota 0-0 8-2
Madisonville 0-1 N/A
Cameron 0-0 N/A
Caldwell 0-0 N/A
Tuesday’s scores—Rockdale 13,
Madisonville 2; Thorndale 7, Navas
ota 5.

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