CALERA – Stellar pitching and timely hits were the story of the opening round of the Red River Classic on Thursday as all four games ended in shutouts.
Rock Creek and Calera both notched one of those to advance on to the tournament semifinals today.
The host Bulldogs were 8-0 winners over Boswell while the Mustangs belted Caddo, 12-0, in their opener. In other games, Howe (Texas) smacked Caney, 9-0, and Stonewall dropped Van Alstyne (Texas) by an identical 9-0 score.
Today’s action has Caddo facing Van Alstyne at 2, Rock Creek battling Stonewall at 4 and Calera tangling with Howe at 6 p.m.
Rock Creek 12, Caddo 0
Davis Rogers fired a five-inning gem for the Mustangs, yielding just three hits to go with 14 strikeouts.
Rock Creek push across a pair of runs in the opening stanza and one more in the second to take a 3-0 lead. The Mustangs then expanded the margin to 7-0 in the fourth and finished it with five tallies in the top of the fifth.
Rogers also had a terrific game at the plate for Rock Creek with a pair of doubles and four RBI. Christian McGowan also chipped in two hits and drove in four runs.
Garrett Schafer contributed a hit and two RBI while Noe Alaniz added a double and Josh Eiler had one single as well to help the Mustangs improve to 3-0 on the season.
“We are getting started a little late this spring because of a deep basketball run so we are seeing live pitching for the first time and just getting in the swing of things,” Rock Creek head coach Kyle Wingfield said. “I thought Davis did a good job tonight on the mound. His stuff wasn’t anywhere close to what we are used to. It seemed like every inning was a struggle to find his rhythm, but he competed and was able to make big pitches when we needed it.
“We got some timely hits and took advantage of some miscues.”
Calera 8, Boswell 0
Calera got strong production from the bottom of the batting order to cruise past the Scorpions.
After going scoreless in the opening stanza, the Bulldogs got things going in the second as Luke Weddle reached on an error and Chase Hamilton singled in front of a RBI double off the bat of Tristen Corbin. Cooper Hamilton then made it 2-0 with a groundout to second.
The hosts tacked on one run in the third as Shawn Harper walked and eventually scored on Zach Maynard’s single. They pushed the lead to 4-0 in the fourth when Rylan Neal singled and raced all the way around to score on an error.
It took until the fifth for the Bulldogs to finally put it away however, plating four runs to end it on the run rule.
Maynard opened the frame with a walk, Weddle singled and both scored on back-to-back doubles by Chase Hamilton and Corbin. Cooper Hamilton’s run-scoring hit then put the finishing touches on the win.
Corbin picked up the complete game victory on the mound, yielding just two hits to go along with four strikeouts.
“I thought Tristen pitched really well for us tonight,” Calera head coach Rick Teafatiller commented. “Our hitting has to improve though for us to win future games though.
“We are pitching and playing good defense right now but we have got to put more pressure on teams offensively.”
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