LEAGUE CITY — Fort Bend Austin played a large role in its own demise as Clear Creek wrapped up a two-game first-round sweep with a 10-1 victory Friday at Mallory Field.
The Wildcats advance to the area round, where they will play either La Porte or Manvel. That series concludes today with a decisive third game.
Much as they did the night before, the Bulldogs stranded a lot of baserunners. A trio of pitchers issued eight walks and hit one batter. Four of those free bases turned into runs.
Austin’s pitching yielded six walks and two hit batters in Game 1.
Clear Creek hurler Zach Esquivel needed little support as he allowed just four hits and six baserunners while striking out eight.
Logan Blanchfield provided the only Austin score with a solo home run in the second.
The Wildcats enjoyed constant activity on the basepaths. They put runners on in every inning and scored in four of their six at bats.
The 10-hit attack produced three-run rallies in the second, fifth and sixth innings. Aggressive baserunning and four Bulldog errors contributed to the offensive outbursts.
Michael Rohland put the first Wildcat runs on the board, following walks to Ben Rigby and Austin Adams with a three-run home run to left field.
Clear Creek took advantage of three walks and a hit batter to produce three runs in the fifth with just one hit.
The Wildcats unleashed their offense one final time in the sixth, scoring three times on four hits. Landon Etzel and Stephen Garcia keyed the attack with run-scoring hits.
Santa Fe 4,
Richmond Foster 0
Indians starter Preston Plovanich pitched and swung his team into the second round of the playoffs Friday, tossing a two-hit shutout and belting a homer as Santa Fe blanked Foster, 4-0, in the opening round of the Class 4A postseason.
The Indians swept the three-game series after winning the opener Thursday, 4-1. Santa Fe will face Houston Davis or Tomball next week in the second round.
Plovanich walked one and struck out seven in Friday’s win. He also helped himself out at the plate with a solo homer in the first inning and a two-run triple in the fifth. He finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored.
Brandon Holder went 2-for-3 and drove in a run for the Indians. Tyler Hockenbury doubled, and Cody Plowman had a hit for Santa Fe.
— Jim Levesque