Tigers open district play with late victory

Ehler drives in Gibbs in bottom of the seventh

Dylan McCartney chases down a fly ball in the Tigers’ loss to China Spring.Playing in a district that features two of the top ranked teams in the state, no one can afford to get off to a poor start.

The Rockdale Tigers lost an early lead but regained it just in the nick of time with a run in the bottom of the seventh for a 4-3 district opening victory over rival Taylor Tuesday night.

Preston Ehler drove in Clayton Gibbs for the winning run.

The Tigers improved to 12-6 overall and 1-0 in District 18-3A. Rockdale had lost three of its last four.

The Ducks, who have dropped four of six, slip to 10-6 and 0-1 under firstyear coach Kevin Ramm who replaced retired longtime Taylor coach Doug Kuhl.

The Tigers banged out eight hits—all singles—led by Ehler, who was 3-for- 4 with a pair of runs batted in.

Nic Vreeland and Derek Whitsel also brought home runs.

Whitsel also logged the win, improving to 2-0 on the season with a complete game effort.

Whitsel allowed just four hits and two walks while striking out five batters.

Over spring break, the Tigers fell to China Spring 11-5 and defeated Luling 5-2.

Against China Spring, Gibbs and Austin Caffey had a pair of hits and Ehler two runs batted in.

Versus Luling, Gibbs and Whitsel bagged a pair of hits with Gibbs clubbing his second home run of the season with two runs batted in.

Whitsel took the win.


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