The Ball High Tors survived a late rally by the Texas City Stings in their 4-3 win to open up play in District 23-5A on Tuesday afternoon at Robinson Park in Texas City.
After scoring runs in the third and fifth innings to take a 2-1 lead, the Tors (1-0 in district play) put up two runs in the seventh to widen the gap before the Stings (0-1) responded with a two-run surge. But the Tors’ outfield managed to hold on.
“Whenever we play Texas City, they always play us tough, and since we won district last year, we know everyone’s going to be giving us their best shot,” Ball High head coach Russell Ferrell said. “I’m glad we scored late in the seventh so we could hang on.”
Dylan Whitehurst took the win for the Tors on the mound, while Texas City’s Johnny Valdez was replaced in the seventh inning by Tyler Stanley, having given up eight hits.
Texas City collected seven hits total.
“Getting this win means a lot to us,” Ferrell said. “Last year, we started 0-2 in district, and it’s a lot easier to start off with a win than a loss. Dylan Whitehurst is our ace and when he pitches for us, we win.”
The Tors broke through in the third after Adam Trevino drew a walk. Edgar Salinas singled and reached second base on an error. Jayson Rodriguez’s base hit single plated Trevino for the 1-0 Ball High lead.
The Stings’ first hit of the game didn’t come until the fourth inning with Drake Jackson’s two-out base hit single. Texas City capitalized on the momentum swing when Jacob Day reached first on a wild pitch, and Drayton Garza’s RBI single tied things up.
Austin Lawrence was walked at the top of the fifth inning, and Whitehurst’s crack to deep left field led to a run for the Tors.
Leading off the top of the seventh inning, Spencer Addison led off with a single to left field for his first hit of the game before Brendan Neumann picked up his first base hit on a single and Trevino’s sacrificial bunt put Addison in scoring position.
A wild pitch brought Addison home before Lawrence’s single plated Neumann for the 4-1 Ball High lead and Texas City made a pitching change.
In the bottom of the frame, Cotton Rasco and Dylan Kimsey both got on base with a single before Andrew Doyle’s base hit led to a scoring run for the Stings.
A sacrifice by Conor Higgs plated Kimsey to make it 4-3 before Day got out at first to end the game.