Tigers fight off Giddings to get back in win column
Playing their third game in seven days, the Tigers improve to 14-6 on the season and 2-1 in District 23-3A.
Giddings sags to 3-9 and 0-3 in league play.
“Awinisawinespecially in this district,” said Rockdale Coach Clay Cox. “It is going to be a tight race all the way to the finish this year.”
In the early going, the Tigers find themselves trailing a surprising Caldwell (10-7, 3-0) team by a game in the standings.
The two teams will face each other Friday in Caldwell.
The Tigers took a 5-1 lead into the seventh inning before the Buffaloes rallied for three runs in their last at-bat.
Ethan Brinkley was sharp in picking up his third win without a loss, allowing just three hits, while striking out four.
Tate Pounders relieved Brinkley in the seventh and had to scramble to get out of the inning after allowing four walks and three runs.
Brinkley helped himself at the plate with a pair of hits and an RBI, while Dillon Goodman’s double delivered a run.
Ty Kirk clubbed a pair of doubles and also shined defensively.
“Ty Kirk did an outstanding job at first for us tonight,” Cox said. “He made a couple of excellent plays defensively as well as two doubles at the plate”
After putting together a string of games where they were scoring in double figures, the Tigers bats came to a screeching halt Saturday in a 10-0 loss to LaGrange (12-3, 2- 0) on the road in five innings.
“ They came out and proved why they are the number ten team in the state,” said Cox. “Don’t want to take anything away from La Grange. We had a few miscues, but they hit the ball on the screws all day and took care of business”
Tate Pounders hurled his second no-hitter of the season and third of his career as the Tigers blanked Smithville 10-0 in the district opener at Tiger Field.
“It feels great to open up district with a big win like that,” said Cox. “Facing a playoff program’s number one pitcher and scoring 10 runs is a good start”. “Another great performance by Tate Pounders with his second no-hitter of the year.”
Pounders, who sports a miniscule 1.04 earned run average, was one walk away from recording a perfect game.
It only took 59 pitches for Pounders (five strikeouts) to control Smithville (7-5, 0-1) and out duel its ace Skyler Gilstrap.
While Pounders ( 3- 0) kept the Tigers off the basepaths, Rockdale erupted for seven runs in its final at-bat to end the game early.
Senior third baseman Schneider was perfect at the plate, going 3- for-3 with four runs batted in including a double.
Dillon Goodman went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs batted in on the strength of a triple.
Stephen Ehler had a hit and two runs batted in.
ROCKDALE STATISTICS HITTING—Brinkley 20-44 .450; Ehler 13-36 .360; Pounders 15-44 .340; Skubal 15-48 .310; Schneider 5-15 .333; Stewart 15- 45 .330; Goodman 19-59 .320; Gibbs 14-51 .270; Garza 7-25 .280; Kirk 11-38 .280; Caffey 10- 42 .230; McCartney 2-9 .222. Runs—Goodman 20, Brinkley 18 RBI–Brinkley 16, Pounders 15 2B—Brinkley 4, Skubal 4 3B—Gibbs 3, Stewart 2 HR—Pounders 1, Stewart 1 SB—Gibbs 12, Brinkley 10 Pitching—Pounders 3- 0 1.04; Brinkley 3 - 0 3.32; Skubal 2- 0 3.60; Schneider 2-1 5.29; Stewart 2-2 3.71; Gibbs 1-1 4.05.