No. 1 Rockets retain crown

Tigers pick up win in Bell Rivals Classic

Duke Schneider offers up a pitch in some relief duty in the Tigers’ 6- 4 loss to Giddings Saturday. 
Reporter/Cliff Dungan Duke Schneider offers up a pitch in some relief duty in the Tigers’ 6- 4 loss to Giddings Saturday. Reporter/Cliff Dungan The Robinson Rockets owned the Bell Rivals Classic, earning the first three tournament championships, until last season, they were upended by Lucas Lovejoy.

Eager to regain their rightful crown and with Lucas Lovejoy nowhere to be found, the Rockets nuked Navasota 10- 0 Saturday afternoon at Tiger Field to capture the first place hardware at the fifth annual tournament.

Led by pitcher/third baseman Chad Hutchinson, Robinson—the No. 1 ranked Class 3A team in the state—improved to 6- 0 on the year.

The Rockets fell to Kennedale in last year’s state championship game.

While Navasota was runner-up, Troy was third in the 10-team tournament.

Host Rockdale lost to Giddings 6-4, Salado 9-4, Taylor 4-3 and 5-1 to Troy.

Rockdale’s lone win came in the second game of the tournament when they edged eventual runner-up Navasota 3-1

The Tigers are now 3-4 on the season after a win over Georgetown gateway Prep Tuesday.

Against Giddings, Stephen Ehler and Dylan McCartney had run scoring hits, while John Stewart clubbed a double and Cody Skubal ripped a triple.

Clayton Gibbs absorbed the loss in relied of Ethan Brinkley.

The Tigers led 2-0 early, before Robinson erupted for three runs in the third and chasing Brinkley.

Against Salado, the Tigers lost an early 2-0 lead when Salado put up nine runs in the fourth and fifth innings.

Ty Kirk was 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Tigers. Brinkley and Tate Pounders also accounted for runs batted in.

In the loss to Taylor, Rockdale fought back from a 4- 0 firstinning deficit to fall just short.

Brinkley and Kirk banged out two hits and an RBI apiece, with Brinkley smashing a double.

Stewart took the completegame loss, allowing six hits and a walk with three strikeouts.

Kirk was named to the all-tournament team


The Tigers rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the first inning to overtake Georgetown Gateway Prep 6-2 at Tiger Field.

Rockdale was boosted by timely hits from Gibbs and Brinkley.

Gibbs ripped a two-run triple and Brinkley clubbed a two-run double in the fifth and sixth innings to lead the Tigers’ comeback.

Skubal also pounded out a double.

Schneider logged the completegame victory, fanning 11 batters, while allowing just two walks and two earned runs.

For complete Bell Rivals Classic


Robinson—MVP- Chad Hollingsworth, Zach Sullivan, Hunter Abbe Navasota—Ruben Valadez, Jacob Malek Troy—Marcus Ege, Colby Collier Lufkin Hudson—Austin Kimbel, Chris Kellam Smithville—Tyler Hancock Giddings—Mason Becker Taylor—Eric Alderete Rockdale—Ty Kirk Salado— Cole Haag Cameron—Jamie Dominguez

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