Tigers scrape up some offense in Elgin Tourney
Struggling to find some offensive consistency early in this season, Rockdale showed some spark at the plate, doubling up in runs and hits against two pretty good baseball programs, Taylor and Liberty Hill at the Elgin Tournament.
The Tigers whipped Taylor 14- 13 and Liberty Hill 11-7, while falling to host Elgin 11-4 and Hutto 11-2 to stand 3-7 on the year.
Rockdale’s game with Madisonville Tuesday night was cancelled.
In the wild west show that became the victory over Taylor, the Tigers banged out a seasonhigh 13 hits and scored runs in bunches.
A f ter taking a 3- 0 lead in their very first at bat, the Tigers allowed the Ducks seven runs in the bottom of the inning.
Rockdale regained the lead by crossing the plate six times in the top of the third, but the Ducks answered with three of their own to maintain a 10-9 lead.
Wit h Taylor a he ad 1 3- 10, Rockdale rallied with four runs in the fifth to secure the 14-13 win.
Four Tigers had at least two hits, led by Cody Skubal who went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two runs batted in and raised his battine average over .200 points in the tournament to .385, which is second on the team.
Dillan Schnerr, Ethan Brinkley and Zach Garza all went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs each.
Casey Burrough had a couple,of runs batted in without benefit of a hit.
Freshman Clayton Gibbs was the winner on the hill after 1 1/3 innings of relief work and allowing just one earned run for his first victory of the year.
In the win over Liberty Hill, the Tigers rapped out 10 hits and also took advantage of seven Panther errors.
Rockdale posted nine runs in the top of the first inning and hung on for the win as Liberty Hill slowly closed the gap.
Schnerr continued to produce at the plate, going 3-for-4 with three RBI.
Burrough drove in three runs with a couple of singles and Skubal produced an RBI with two singles.
Starter Tate Pounders (1-1) recorded the win after going four innings and allowing four hits and two runs.
In the loss to Hutto, Duke Schneider was 2-for-2 with an RBI and a double and was also the loser on the mound after allowing 10 runs and seven hits as the Tigers committed seven errors behind him.
In the loss to Elgin, Schnerr went 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Burrough was also 2-for-4.
Brinkley (0-2) absorbed the loss, allowing 13 hits and 10 runs in three innings of work.
Schnerr raised his batting average over .100 points to .419 after going 8-for-15 with five runs batted in in the tournament.
TIGER BASEBALL STATISTICS
Hitting (at bats-hits-avg)— Schnerr 13-31 .419; Skubal 5-13 .385; Herrera 2-7, .286; Garza 5- 21 .238; Byrd 3-14 .214; Kirk 2-14 .143; Brinkley 5-29 .200; Burrough 6-24 .250; Schneider 7-28 .250; Gibbs 5-29 .172; Caffey 5-30 .167; Pounders 1-10 .100. Runs— Gibbs 10, Schnerr 10. Doubles—Schneider 3, Schnerr 2. Triples—None. Home runs—None. RBI—Schnerr 9, Burrough 7. Steals— Garza 4, Burrough 4.