Tigers open district play with late victory
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.