RHS opens loop with 8-3 loss to Smithville

Rockdale opened the District 23AAA campaign Tuesday night with an 8-3 loss to the “other” Tigers of the Smithville variety.

Smithville 8, Rockdale 3

Nine RHS errors were a factor in the district- opening loss to Smithville as SHS scored 8 runs on just 5 hits.

Dillan Schnerr had a double and single for Rockdale while Zach Garza, Ty Kirk and Tate Poundes added singles to a 5-hit RHS attack.

Pounders, Ethan Brinkley, Duke Schneider and Glayton Gibbs also had hits for Rockdale.

PRE-DISTRICT—Big Blue spent the final weekend of spring break on the road, losing to Class 5A San Marcos 10-0 on Thursday and dropping an exciting 9-8 decision to Llano, the state’s 10th-ranked Class 3A team, on Friday.

“Our team has been pretty inconsistent,” coach Jarad Richards said. “We’ve shown we can hit well at times but we have to be more consistent there.”

“Pitching has also been inconsistent,” he said. “At times it has been great and kept us in ball games. At other times we struggle to find the strike zone.”

Richards said defense is turning into a bright spot for the Tigers.

“We made a lot of errors early but defense seems to be improving as guys get more practices and games under their belts.”

San Marcos 10, RHS 0

Big Blue couldn’t solve Rattler pitcher Brandon Hill who scattered six hits and fanned 4 en route to a 10-0 victory.

Hill threw 51 strikes and 37 balls in six innings of work.

The Rattlers jumped off to a 4- 0 lead in the bottom of the first, made it 8-0 in the third and never looked back.

Cody Skubal and Zach Garza each had two hits for Rockdale, while Dillan Schnerr doubled and Duke Schneider singled for the Tigers.

Llano 9, RHS 8

The Yellowjackets pushed over two runs in the bottom of the sixth then reliever, and winning pitcher, Raven Herron, worked a scoreless seventh in Llano’s win.

Down 2- 0 after one inning, Rockdale rallied for five unanswered r uns and a 5- 2 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth.

Llano tied it at 7-7 with a 4-run fifth and Rockdale went ahead briefly with a run in the sixth before the late Llano rally.

Designated hitter Ty Kirk was 3-for-4 for RHS with 4 RBI.

Schnerr had three hits, Schneider two, Cody Skubal doubled and Casey Burrough, Zach Garza and Braden Byrd added singles.

DISTR ICT—Richards said La Grange and Giddings are the teams to beat in district play with the battle for 23AAA’s other playoff slot wide open.

“We played a very tough predistrict schedule and I think it will pay off for us in district play,” Richards said.

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