Tigers bounce back by mashing Madisonville
The Tigers, who have lost two of three, slip to 11-8 overall and 5-3 in District 24-3A, a game behind second place Taylor.
Rudder remains atop the league standings at 18-3 and 7-1.
Rockdale handed the Rangers their lone loss in the first round of district.
In his second no-hit offering of the season, Johnson (4- 0) struck out nine batters and walked four.
Two of those walks came in the third and coupled with a pair of Rudder errors, allowed two Rockdale runs.
Johnson helped his own cause at the plate with a double, triple and RBI.
Justin Elliott (2-4) took the loss after allowing 10 hits.
After a couple of hard-fought, one-run losses, the Tigers were due to let off some steam and Madisonville (1-16, 0-6) felt the brunt of the outburst at Tiger Field Thursday night to begin the second half of district play.
“We had some really rough games up until Thursday night,” said Rockdale Coach Jarad Richards, “we needed a five inning w in. We came out and took care of business early. Brandon (Gibbs) pitched well and we limited our strike outs.
“They made some errors, but that’s what we’ve been telling the guys,” Richards said. “Just put the ball in play, don’t strike out, at least give the defense a chance to mess up. This week is huge for us, actually the next three are huge. We can put ourselves in great position if we can take at least two of the next three games.”
The Tigers sent 10 men to the plate in the fourth when they broke the 10-run rule barrier with a five-run push after already leading 6-0.
Four players accounted for all eight hits as Schneider, Elliott, Young and Schnerr all registerd two hits and were a combined 8- for-11 with six runs batted in.
Schnerr—Rockdale’s leading hitter at .452—broke out of an 0-for-9 hitting slump with the effort.
Gibbs, who carries an impressive 1.57 earned run average, logged the win to run his record to 3-2 on the season.
The senior righthander allowed just one hit and struck out five.
The remainder of the Tigers schedule is in their favor, with three of the final four games being played at home.
After hosting Navasota Friday, the Tigers must travel to Caldwell to face a dangerous Hornet team on Tuesday then host Taylor and Cameron.
There are four teams w ith between two and four losses.
Tuesday’s scores: Bryan Rudder 6, Rockdale 2; Navasota 13, Caldwell 3; Taylor 14, Madisonville 0.
Thursday’s scores: Rockdale 11, Madisonville 0; Rudder 11, Caldwell 9; Taylor 8, Cameron 5.
TIGER BASEBALL STATISTICS
Hitting (at bats-hits-avg)— Schnerr 28-62 .452; Sanders 20-47 .426; Schneider 15-43 .349; Debault 12-41 .293; Garcia 12-47 .255; Byrd 3-11 .273; Young 6-24 .250; Elliott 10-41 .244; Burrough 7-36 .194; Chelf 9-44 .205; Gibbs 6-46 .130; Betchan 2-19 .105; Davidson 0-6 .000; Pounders 0-3 .000; Evans 0-2 .000; Locklin 0-2 .000; Herrera 0-0 .000. Runs—Sanders 21, Chelf 17. Doubles—Schnerr 5, Sanders 5. Triples—Sanders 3, Schneider 1. Home runs—Schnerr 1, Sanders 1. RBI—Schnerr 24, Sanders 22. Steals—Sanders 10, Elliott 7. Pitching—Chelf 5-1, 3.57; Gibbs 3- 2, 1.57; Pounders 1-0, 0.00; Elliott 2-3, 3.46; Schneider 0-1, 8.53.