HASTINGS, Neb. – Texarkana pitchers Cooper Perry and Tucker Anderson shared the spotlight Thursday as the Bulldogs eliminated Missouri, staying alive in the 2019 American Legion Mid-South Regional Tournament at Duncan Field.
Sedalia, Mo., committed six errors, two allowing the decisive run to score in the sixth inning that allowed the Bulldogs to rally past the Missouri team, 5-4. Texarkana improves to 34-8-1 on the summer, and will play another elimination game Friday at 11:30 a.m.
“We played better today,” said Texarkana manager Kevin Sutton. “Wish we could have got a faster start, but we did get some guys on the bag early. We did hit the ball better, but made too many errors, which kept Missouri in the game.
“Cooper Perry pitched a great game. Chris Lyles and Chris Sutton did a great job at the plate for us. In order to win tomorrow we’ve got to cut down on the errors, while continuing to hit and pitch well.”
Missouri strikes first for 2-0 lead
Sedalia scored runs in the first and second innings for an early 2-0 lead. That changed in the third when Chris Sutton singled home the Bulldogs’ first run. He scored on a double by Zane Cox, who scored on a Missouri error to make it 3-2.
The Bulldogs captured the lead in the fourth when Anderson walked, and moved up on Hunter Allen’s sacrifice bunt. Bryson Rhodes’ single made it 4-2.
Keaton Russo reached safely on an error to start the Bulldogs’ sixth. Anderson walked, and a throwing error by Tichenor resulted in the game’s final run.
Perry went six innings on the mound for Texarkana, scattering seven hits, while walking none and striking out five. Anderson retired the three batters he faced in the seventh with a strikeout.
Chris Lyles and Sutton led the Bulldogs at the plate with two hits each. T.J. Krause, Rhodes and Cox had Texarkana’s other hits. Brandon Kindle led Missouri with two hits, and two runs scored.