Bulldogs outscore Thrall, Bartlett 39-2
The Bulldogs throttled Thrall 22-1 on Friday and then turned around and bounced Bartlett 17-1 on Monday in the District 26A finale.
Thorndale—17-9 overall—ended up with just one blemish on its record from second place Granger for a 9-1 mark.
The Bulldogs will receive a first-round bye in the playoffs.
“This was the best we hit the ball all year,” said Thorndale Coach Kelly Kuhl, stating the obvious. “We got another great pitching performance from Paxton Jordan and played pretty good defense for the most part.”
Defensively, the Bulldogs committed just two errors and pitchers Jordan and Caleb Saunders allowed just four hits between them.
The most impressive individual performance came from Calvin Tomancek against Thrall (16-10, 5-4) when he went 4-for-5 with four runs scored, a double, a home run and six runs batted in.
Tomancek had plenty of company on the hit list.
Weston Fisher was 3-for-4 with two runs batted in; Tyler Jordan was 3-for-4 and Saunders, Shea Maupin and Sam Richter all collected a pair of hits.
Jordan—who also had a home run and two RBI—was brilliant on the mound, allowing a single hit all evening to run his record to 6-0.
It was sophomore Steven McKendrick who ignited the 15-hit outburst against Bartlett (2-8) with a pair of hits and two runs batted in.
Paxton Jordan was 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI, while Tyler Miller (double), Fisher and Tomancek (two RBI) delivered a couple of hits apiece.
Saunders surrendered just three hits to run his record to 6-2 and also cracked a solo home run to aid his own cause.
The district championship is the first for Thorndale since 2007, the last of a five year run.
They lost in a playoff for first to Thrall last season.
The Bulldogs are aiming to make their fifth appearance at the state tournament since 2005 when they captured their last state championship.