BOKCHITO – A wild day that included a 13-inning marathon wasn’t enough to decide the Class A baseball district championship.
Instead, Rock Creek and Caddo will battle for the third time in less than 24 hours today at 11 a.m. to decide the district titlist.
Both squads easily dispatched Achille early in the day to set up what proved to be an epic 13-inning battle which the hosts Mustangs won 4-3 on a Luke Jestis walk off hit.
Undeterred however, Caddo bounced right back to claim the nightcap 6-4 and force the if-necessary winner-take-all showdown with the 12th rated Mustangs today.
Both teams got strong pitching performances to highlight the district opening day.
In the opener, Rock Creek plated two runs in the fourth and one in the fifth for a 3-0 lead before Caddo rallied to tie it in the sixth and that’s how it stayed for the next seven innings.
For Rock Creek, Christian McGowan worked nine innings while scattering 12 hits and striking out 10 while working out of numerous jams.
Austin Montgomery had four hits, including a double, and scored two of the Mustangs’ four runs in the contest. Josh Eiler, Noe Alaniz, Davis Rogers, Austin Green, Jestis and Darren Ashby all had
Steven Crawford started on the mound for Caddo and worked four innings before Kaden Dixon came on for eight spectacular frames of relief work in which he scattered eight hits but struck out eight as well.
At the plate, Ledford posted three hits for the Bruins while Dixon, Matthew Jenkins and Cody Elliott each posted a pair of hits. Kaden Johnson also contributed a RBI.
Caddo jumped out to a 1-0 first inning lead in the nightcap and steadily increased that margin throughout. It was 3-2 Bruins after two, 6-2 through three innings.
Colton Ledford got the mound start for the Bruins and tossed four and two-third solid frames, limiting the Mustangs to four hits while striking out two. Waylon Stanley then finished, giving up just one hit over the final two and a third.
Davis Rogers got the start on the mound for Rock Creek and lasted two and two-thirds before giving way to Jestis, who held Caddo to no hits over the remainder of the contest.
Ledford also fueled the Caddo offensive attack with a double and two runs batted in. Eiler contributed two hits and two RBI to top Rock Creek.
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