Hornets respond nicely to Tigers’ early run supply
The Tigers fall to 6-19 overall and 2-7 in District 23-3A.
The Hornets kept their playoff hopes alive and stand 15-10 on the season and 5-4 in district play, tied for third with Smithville.
Rockd a le close s out it s schedule Thursday by hosting Navasota (10-11, 2-7).
The Tigers put a three-spot on the board in the top of the first inning and then scratched out another run to post a 4-0 lead in the third.
Zach Garza used a pair of singles to produce two runs, while Clayton Gibbs clubbed a double and a single with an RBI.
David Munzy bashed two home runs and drove in five runs for the Hornets.
Ethan Brinkley (1-6) took the loss in 5 2/3 innings of work, allowing six hits and five walks.
The Tigers kept pace with the 18th ranked and district leading Buffaloes through four innings, but Giddings (18-6, 6-2) posted a six-run seventh to put the game out of reach.
Duke Schneider absorbed the loss after allowing seven runs and five hits through three innings and was the first of five Tiger hurlers who tried to solve the Buffaloes.
Braden Byrd banged out a pair of hits and drove home two runs to lead Rockdale.
The Tigers—who defeated the Buffaloes 5-3 in the first round of district—were done in by all-state performer Brooks Marlow who logged a complete game on the hill while also smacking a double and a home run for three runs batted in at the plate.
“We hung in there until the end,” said Rockdale Coach Jarad Richards. “Just started walking too many batters and started pitching from behind in the count. I was proud of the way we played offensively scoring four runs off Brooks Marlow, probably the best pitcher in the district .”