Michael Sikorski pitched a two-hit shutout, and Connor Allred blasted a two-run homer Tuesday night at Tiger Field, leading Texas High to a 3-0 victory over Royse City.
The win by the Tigers (14-7, 7-1) and Greenville’s 6-4 victory over Mount Pleasant gives the Tigers a two-game edge in the District 15-5A standings over MP and Lindale, a 7-2 winner over Sulphur Springs.
Sikorski, who threw only 76 pitches, struck out only one batter, but had no walks.
He outdueled Royse City sophomore Seth Seise, who was knocked out in the fifth inning when Connor Allred belted a long home run to right field following a walk to Rian Cellers.
“Every game is different; it’s good that we find different ways to win,” said Texas High coach John McClure. “I tip my hat to their pitcher, who did a good job of keeping us off-balanced early. Connor came through with a gigantic hit for us, and Chris Lyles followed with a big double.
“I think we played really good defense and Sikorski pitched his tail off. Royse City is a good baseball team, and they’ll have their No. 1 pitcher ready for us Friday.”
Relief pitcher Nathan East was greeted by a long double to center by Chris Lyles, who came around to score when Jackson Halter’s hard ground ball over the second-base bag went through the legs of the second baseman.
Allred had a single to go with his home run, and Chris Sutton had a pair of singles to lead a seven-hit attack. Lyles, Halter and Ben DePriest had one hit each.
The same two teams meet Friday at Royse City.
Lady Tigers fall at Sulphur Springs
SULPHUR SPRINGS, Texas – Kelsey Wallace smashed a solo home run in the first inning, and Sierra Smith hit a grand slam later in the same frame as Sulphur Springs stormed past Texas High, 15-5.
All five of the Lady Tigers’ runs scored in the third, coming on a home run by Bailey Groom and RBI-hit by Kylie Spriggs.
Bailey Haggerty was the winning pitcher, going six innings for the Lady Wildcats. Lindsey Egger suffered the loss for Texas High.
The Wildcats had 17 hits in the game, with Alli Fite, Sadie Stroud, Smith, Kate Womack, Addison Caddell, Wallace and Brinklee Driver each contributing two hits.
Hawks roll past Ashdown, 8-1
Pleasant Grove (16-4) captured two of three games with Ashdown (9-5) this season with an 8-1 win Tuesday at Hawks Field.
Southpaw Ryan Galvan was the winning pitcher. He allowed one hit and struck out six in five innings. Marshall Oubre threw the final two frames, yielding one hit and striking out three.
The Hawks had nine hits. Marshall Cox had a home run and single. Andrew LeGrand drove in two runs with a double, while Ben Harmon plated two more with a single. Jackson Cobb and Seth Hopkins also had RBI-hits. Galvan and Parker Twisdale contributed singles.
Pleasant Grove will resume District 15-4A play next Tuesday at home against Paris.
L-E baseball, softball teams fall
Liberty-Eylau’s baseball and softball teams lost one-run games Tuesday on the road.
The Leopards’ baseball team was beaten by North Lamar, 8-7. Gage Stanely, Kevin Garza and Mathew O’Neal led L-E at the plate.
The same two teams play Friday at H.E. Markham Park.
L-E’s girls dropped a 2-1 pitching duel at Pittsburg. Isabella Gunderson didn’t give up an earned run as the Lady Leopards committed six errors. Gunderson walked one and struck out two.
Tamara Norris drove in the Leopards’ only run with a sacrifice fly that scored Keeley Norris. Savannah Phelps and McKenzye Williamson had hits for L-E.
Lakeside dumps Razorbacks, 5-2
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Lakeside scored all five of its runs on five hits in the second inning Tuesday to beat Arkansas High (8-4, 3-2), 5-2.
Drake Browning started on the mound and took the loss. Browning was the only Razorback with two hits, and he scored a run. Logan Rhinehart scored the other run. Cody Adcock and Jadas Ross had the Hogs’ RBI.
Rabbs race past New Boston
NEW BOSTON, Texas – Atlanta overcame an early 3-2 deficit Tuesday, and ran away from New Boston with 12 runs in the third inning on its way to a 19-4 victory.
Jake Thompson, Andy Samples, Max Ebarb, Cooper McClure, Carson Rich and Kelby Smith drove in runs during the Rabbs’ explosive third frame.
Kade Wood homered for the winners. Hunter Allen was the winnng pitcher, with Kolby Mason throwing one frame in relief.
Gators defeat Trinity Christian
Four Trinity Christian players had two hits, but it wasn’t enough as Foreman rolled over the Warriors Tuesday, 13-4.
Evan Miller, Paul Nix, Silas Nix and Kendall Jones had two singles each for Trinity. Shawn Brown also had a single.