Taylor’s big inning dooms Tigers in district opener
The Tigers stand 11- 7 on the season, having dropped two straight after posting 11 straight wins.
The Ducks’ used two bases loaded walks and a grand slam home run to break open a onerun game in the sixth.
Taylor led 3- 0 after one, before Rockdale rallied to grab a 4-3 lead.
However, the Ducks crossed the plate four times in the bottom of the inning for a 7-3 lead.
Ethan Brinkley continued his torrid hitting pace, going 3-for-4 at the plate with a pair of doubles and a pair of runs batted in.
Pearce Loth was 2-for-4 an scored three times.
Brinkley (5-3) took the loss in five innings of work , allowing just three earned runs and striking out two.
The Rockdale Tigers had their winning streak stopped at 11 after a 12-1 loss to No. 9 West, their first road loss of the season.
Of f ield accounted for t he Tigers’ lone run and was 2-for-3 on the evening.
Gibbs was also 2-for-3 and Caffey chipped in a single.
Loth absorbed the loss with four innings of work, allowing just three runs and striking out two.
“Things didn’t go well for us against West,” said Rockdale Coach Clay Cox. “We didn’t throw strikes and make routine plays like we had in the previous 11 games. Left six runners stranded in the first three innings, four in scoring position.
Ranked West improved to 12-6.
“You can’t do that against top teams and expect to win. It was a good challenge for us, and now we know what it takes to compete with the top 10”
Rockdale extended its winning streak to 11 with 8-5, 4-3 double header victories over Brenham at Tiger Field.
In the 4-3 win, with two outs and two strikes, runners in scoring position and trailing by a run, Vreeland pounded out a chopper over third base to bring home two runs for the walk-off win.
Vreeland was 2-for-3, while Brinkley also delivered a pair of hits and an RBI. Loth was 2-for-4.
Brinkley (5-2) also logged the victory with a complete game, 10 strikeout effort.
In the 8-5 win, Gibbs and Loth were both 2-for-4 with Gibbs ripping a triple and Loth clubbing a double and collecting 3 RBI.
Brinkley added a double and an RBI.
Offield notched the win after allowing just one earned run with Loth picking up the save.
“Thursday nights double header with Bremond was a good challenge for us,” Cox said. “We had won nine straight and came down to our last strike in the bottom of the seventh. We trailed the first few innings of the second game as well. These guys faced adversity and stepped up. They found a way to get the job done.
“Despite the setback against West Friday, we have played great ball the past three weeks. We carry that momentum into the first week of district. As a team we have to stay hot at the plate and continue to throw strikes and make routine plays.”
TIGER TRACKS—Brinkley has thrown four complete games in six starts -and has struck out 10 in each of his last two outtings... The Tigers have been hit by pitches 39 times this season in just 17 games, led by Caffey’s nine and Offield’s eight. Last season, the Tigers were plucked 33 times in 34 games.