Tigers upset No. 13 Buffs for 23AAA win

Duke Schneider had a double in win over Giddings, pitched against La Grange on Friday. 
Photo by Romney Fischer Duke Schneider had a double in win over Giddings, pitched against La Grange on Friday. Photo by Romney Fischer Rockdale needed a big win to turn around its baseball season and the Tigers got just that on the road Tuesday, upsetting state ranked Giddings 5-3.

Big Blue dropped a 17-2 decision to La Grange in Friday and is now 1-2 in district, 5-14 overall.

Rockdale 5, Giddings 3

Coach Jarad Richards had wanted his pitchers to locate fastballs better and throw off speed pitches for strikes and Big Blue’s Ethan Brinkley turned in a masterpiece in hurling a complete game victory over the No 13-ranked Buffaloes.

Brinkley surrender two runs in the bottom of the first then allowed only one more over the final six innings.

He scattered four hits, fanned three and walked three.

It was tied 303 in the sixth but the Tigers plated solo runs in the sixth and seventh and Brinkley did the rest.

Giddings contr ubuted f ive errors while the Tigers had only one fielding ,miscue.

Duke Schneider doubled and singled for RHS while Casey Burrough and Clayton Gibbs singled. Burrough had a pair of RBI.

La Grange 17, Rockdale 2

It’s pretty hard to win any game when you’re down 13- 0 before you’ve even swung the bat,

That’s exactly what happened to RHS on Friday as the Leopards put 13 runs on the scoreboard in the top of the first and coasted to a 17-2 win.

“We beat ourselves,” Richards said. “ Twelve of those 13 firstinning runs were unearned.”

Rockdale ended the game with five errors.

Dillan Schnerr had a pair of hits for the Tigers while Duke Schneider, Cody Skubal and Ethan Brinkley added singles.

“One positive is that we have been hitting the ball a little better,” Richards said. “We aren’t striking out nearly as much.”

Hitting (at bats-hits-avg)—Schneer
28-56 .500; Skubal 16-38
.421; Kirk 9-29 .310.
Runs—Schnerr 19, Gibbs 14,
Schneider 10.
2B—Schnerr 5, Schneider 4,
Skubal 3.
HRs—Schner 4, Skubal 1.
RBI—Schnerr 20, Burrough 10.
Schneider 9.
SB— Garza 7, Burrough 6, Gibbs 5.
Pitching— Gibbs 1-1 4.85; Pounders
2-3 6.44; Brinkley 1-3 8.71.

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