Tigers take their turn in one run wins with rally
So, when it appeared they were going to be trimmed a third time, they exhausted every avenue to win.
Austin Caffey drew a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the eighth inning to steal a 7-6 victory over Taylor Tuesday at Tiger ballpark.
The victory moves the Tigers to 14-10 on the season and rescues their playoff hopes as they are in a three-way tie for third with the Ducks (12-13, 2-4) and Madisonville (11-10, 2-4).
“Couldn’t be more proud of these guys and they way they fought tonight,” said Rockdale Coach Clay Cox. “We had to win this one to stay in the race, and we were down to our last out more than once. They stared adversity in the face and found a way to win.”
The Tigers actually rallied three times before pulling out the win.
Trailing 6-5 in the eighth, Nic Vreeland coaxed a walk to open the inning, followed by a single from Clayton Gibbs and a walk by Preston Ehler to load the bases.
Nick Pelzel earned Rockdale’s eighth walk of the evening to score Vreeland to make it 6-6.
After Gibbs was cut down at the plate on Hayden Offield’s fielder’s choice, Caffey walked to score Ehler with the winning run from third base.
Trailing 5-4 in the bottom of the seventh and with two outs and facing a full count, Pearce Loth laced a triple to right field to score Offield who had singled, to tie the game 5-5.
Trailing 3-2 in the fifth, the Tigers actually grabbed a brief lead, with a pair of runs for a 4-3 lead.
“We were much more patient at the plate drawing eight walks,” Cox said. “We did a great job of moving runners and manufacturing runs tonight. Still left more in scoring position than we would like, but a definite improvement from the last few games.”
Loth started the game and lasted through regulation, allowing seven hits, four earned runs and fanning three.
Ethan Brinkley (7-5) grabbed the win with one inning of work in the eighth, striking out two and allowing one hit and one run.
Brinkley has given up four runs in the last 14 innings with 16 strikeouts and three walks in that span
“Huge win for us tonight,” Cox said. “Now we have to go out and take care of business in Navasota Friday.”
The Tigers dropped a 2-1 decision to Madisonville on the road Friday.
Brinkley (6-5) sparkled on the mound with five strikeouts while allowing just four hits and two runs.
Loth and Derek Whitsel both went 2-for-3 but the Tigers had trouble pushing runs across the plate.
Vreeland accounted for the Tigers’ lone run.
“Despite another great out ting from Ethan Brinkley and Pearce Loth, we weren’t able to push across runs,” Cox said.
“We out hit Madisonville on the evening, they just managed to string them together at the right time. A game we needed to win, but not one that will make or break us yet.”
Team District Overall
Caldwell 6-0 17-3
College Station 5-1 20-6
Rockdale 2-4 14-10
Taylor 2-4 12-13
Madisonville 2-4 11-10
Navasota 1-5 7-12
Tuesday’s results: Rockdale 7,
Taylor 6; College Station 11, Madisonville 1; Caldwell def. Navasota.
Friday’s results: Madisonville 2,
Rockdale 1; Caldwell 11, Taylor 1;
College Station 9, Navasota 1; College
Station 7, Georgetown East View 1.
TIGER BASEBALL STATISTICS
Hitting (at bats-hits-avg)—Brinkley 34-69 .493; Offield 21-63
.396; Gibbs 30-75 .385; Caffey
26-67 .388; Loth 23-65 .354; Vreeland 21-65 .323; Waxler 6-25 .240;
Trejo 9-46 .196; Ehler 7-44 .159;
Pelzel 1-9 .111; Whitsel 7-46 .196;
Turman 0-4 .000.
Runs—Caffey 25, Loth 25
Doubles—Brinkley 13, Caffey 6
Triples—Gibbs 3, Caffey 2
Home runs—Brinkley 4, Gibbs 1
RBI—Brinkley 35, Vreeland 25
Steals—Gibbs 20, Loth 16.
Pitching—Brinkley 7-5, 2.45; Loth
4-2, 6.23; Offield 3-1, 4.50; Whitsel