Tigers use tournament as their gateway to winning

Already surpassed win total from last season
Reporter/ Cliff Dungan

Tate Pounders threw his second career no-hitter and rang up 12 strikeouts against Lago Vista in the championship game. Tate Pounders threw his second career no-hitter and rang up 12 strikeouts against Lago Vista in the championship game. Relying on the old baseball staples of good pitching and better defense, the Rockdale Tigers breezed through the Georgetow n Gateway Prep Tournament unscathed to capture the championship.

With a 10- 0 thrashing of Thrall Tuesday night, the Tigers have now won six straight and are 8-4 on the year and have already surpassed their victory output from last season (7-19).

“ I t hink our pitching and defense this past weekend was the key,” says first-year coach Clay Cox. “We now have five guys who have at least one win on the mound.”

With plenty of run support, the Cox received three complete games out of his starting pitchers and a fourth went six innings before being relieved.

Tate Pounders threw a no-hitter at Lago Vista in the championship game, while fanning 12 batters along the way.

It was Pounders second career no-hitter, the first coming against Sharpstown in 2010.

Pounders is now 3- 0 on the season with a pillowy light 0.60 earned run average.

“Tate was lights out throwing,” Cox said.

John Stewart allowed just one hit in the Tigers’ victory over Ft. Worth Temple Christian with seven strike outs.

“In 27 innings of play we only gave up six earned runs and struck out 31 batters,” Cox said.

Ethan Brinkley provided the third complete game in the tournament opener against the new Georgetown High School, Eastview.

The junior lefthander struck out four and allowed just on earned run in the 8-4 victory.

Cody Skubal was one inning short of going the distance in the win that propelled the Tigers into the championship game, a 4-2 victory over Eastview.

Skubal sat down eight batters in six innings before Clayton Gibbs scooped up the save.

The Tigers also shined at the plate as well.

“Minus the semi-final game we hit the ball well across the board all weekend,” said Cox. “ Zac Garza came up with a timely hit against Eastview in the semi-final with a three-run inside the park home run in the sixth.”

In the opener against Eastview, Gibbs, Brinkley and Dillon Goodman, were each 3-for-4 with Gibbs and Brinkley also driving home three runs apiece, Gibbs with a double, Brinkley with a home run.

Here is a sampling of no hitters throughout the history of Tiger baseball:

Clayton Gibbs vs. Granger 2012
Tate Pounders vs. Lago Vista 2012
Tate Pounders vs.Sharpstown 2010
Mark Drake vs. Cameron 2009
Larry Young vs. Cameron 1974
(season opener)
Dan Yezak vs. Cameron 1961

Pounders, Skubal and Garza sparked the 11-hit attack in the 12-3 win over Temple Christian.

Pounders had three runs batted in, while Skubal and Garza contributed two each.

Pounders and Stewart each banged out a pair of hits and runs batted in the finale. Pounders aided his own cause with a double, while Stewart ripped a triple.

“Defensively, the outfield of Skubal, Dillon Goodman, and Dylan McCartney has been very solid, covering a lot of ground,” Cox said.


Gibbs recorded Rockdale’s second no-hitter within four days by blanking Granger 10-0.


Hitting (at bats-hits-avg)—Brinkley 12-26 .460; Ehler 7-20 .350; Skubal 7-25 .280; Garza 5-15 .333; Kirk 8-25 .320; Schneider 3-10 .300; Stewart 7-24 .292; Gibbs 9-32 .281; Caffey 6-24 .250; Pounders 7-26 .269; Goodman 7- 31 .226; McCartney 1-8 .125; Runs— Gibbs 9, Kirk 7. Doubles—Brinkley 3, Gibbs 2. Triples—Skubal 1, Gibbs 1. Home runs—Brinkley 1, Garza 1. RBI—Brinkley 10, Pounders 7. Steals— Gibbs 8, Brinkley 6. Pitching— Pounders 3- 0, 0.60; Brinkley 1- 0, 4.15; Skubal 1- 0, 3.60; Stewart 1-1, 4.50; Schneider 1-1, 4.91; Gibbs 1-1, 6.75; Offield 0-1, 54.00.

Gibbs logged his first victory of the year in fine fashion, striking out five batters and allowing just one base-on-balls.

Gibbs was backed by Skubal who brought home three runs with a double.

Goodman, McCartney, Stewart and Gibbs himself all knocked in runs.

Brinkley—the Tigers top hitter at .460—was 2-for-3 at the plate and scored three times as the Tigers crossed the plate twice in each of the first, second, third, fifth and sixth innings.

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