CALERA - The Calera Bulldogs rallied from four runs down to beat the Colbert Leopards, 5-4, to capture the Red River Classic championship on Saturday afternoon at the ballpark in Calera. And Boswell Scorpions edged Trenton, 8-7, in nine innings for third place and the Caddo Bruins fell out of the race after a loss to Caney.
Sparce bouts of rain and trailing 0-4 through three innings didn’t dampen the Bulldogs hopes of winning.
The Leopards went up early on Calera in the first inning, 3-0. Colbert’s lead-off hitter Dylan Jones and Zach Lovelace both got on base. Then Chris Roberts belted a 2 run double to outfield wall to give Colbert a 2-0 lead. Then Keller Cummins knocked in his teammate RBI. Calera trailed 3-0.
In the second inning Colbert’s Kason Krob hit a RBI double to extend the Leopards’ lead to 4-0. Then Calera begun its rally.
In third inning Calera’s Conner Hamilton and Josh Loper got on base, then Loper attempted to steal second base when the throw to second was off and Hamilton crossed home-plate for the Bulldogs first run. Calera trailed 4-1.
Colbert’s offense went cold as the Bulldog batters were heating up.
Calera would wrap up the win in bottom of the fourth inning. Braxton Barton got the rally started with a single. Then Micheal Trammel got on because of an throwing error and Barton scored. Loper would dig into the batters box a hammered a 2 RBI double to tie the game at 4 apiece. There were two outs when Caleb Phillips knocked in the winning run and the Calera Bulldogs brought the championship plaque.
Boswell vs Trenton:
Trenton gifted the Boswell Scorpions three runs in the first inning off of errors. Blain Brown, Cameron Roberts and Dusty Belvin all scored off errors. Brenton Berryhill and Ben Dill both hit RBI’s to give the Scorpions a 5-0 lead. Then Caleb Brown hit a RBI in the third inning and they led, 5-0.
Fast forwarded to the fifth inning, Boswell led 6-3. Then Treanton bounced back and tied the game at 6 apiece.
In the top of the sixth inning, Boswell took the lead again after McKenna Price hit a RBI single.
Boswell had a 7-6 led headed in the bottom of seventh inning when Trenton tied 7-7 to throw the game into extra innings.
In the top of the ninth inning, Tracy Brown got on base for Boswell. Then Dusty Belvin came up clutch with a game winning RBI double to the outfield wal and Boswell won third place.
Day two of the Red River Classic got underway Friday afternoon.
Colbert Leopards advance to the championship game with a 6-3 victory over Trenton. Calera Bulldogs shutout Boswell Scorpions 5-0 to advance to the championship game. In the consolation games, Caddo beat Ector and Caney got the win over Stonewall.
Calera vs Boswell:
The usual active Boswell batters were held in check by Calera’s pitcher Lucas Wright and defensive play. Wright pitched a complete game, allowing only 3 hits.
The Bulldogs went up 2-0 early in the first inning. Lead-off hitter Conner Hamilton got on base with a well place bunt. Josh Loper hit a single and drove Hamliton to third base. Hamliton raced home for a run after a pick-off throw to third base went into the outfield. Then Caleb Phillips hit a RBI single to end the inning.
Phillips again drove in a run on a RBI single in the third inning that added to Calera’s lead, 2-0.
Calera put up two runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Braxton Barton hit a RBI double in the fourth and Shawn Harper hit a RBI single in the fifth to round out the game at 5-0.
Colbert vs Trenton:
The Colbert Leopards and Trenton Longhorns were in a tight match-up the semi-finals of the Red River Classic.
Kason Krob took the mound for Colbert and got the win as he pitched a complete game and allowed 3 runs.
The score was knotted at 3-3 from third inning until Colbert broke the tie in the top of the seventh inning.
Zach Lovelace got the ball rolling with a RBI single. Then Krob helped his own cause with a RBI single and loaded the bases. Faced with two outs, Keller Cummins hit a sharp grounder into the infield, but the throw wasn’t in time on the fielders choice to drive the final run of the game to win 6-3.