RICHMOND – The Ball High baseball team’s season came to an end Saturday afternoon.
For the second time in three games, the George Ranch Longhorns, champions of District 23-4A, pounded Ball High pitching to take the decisive Game 3, 12-1, in five innings to win the best-of-three series in the first round of the Region III-4A baseball playoffs.
The Longhorns batted around in the third and fourth innings to score 10 runs. The Longhorns had six of their nine hits — including three doubles — during that stretch.
The Longhorns capitalized on four errors by the Ball High defense, and five walks issued by Tors pitchers.
The Tors got on the scoreboard in the second inning when sophomore Alvin Lee led off the inning with a single.
Lee used his speed to steal second, and senior Simeon Williams drove him in with a two-out, run-scoring single to right.
In the bottom of the third inning, junior leftfielder Todd Streck made a sensational running catch to strand three Longhorns on the bases.
Ball High had two other opportunities to tack on runs, one when senior Baine Schoenvogel walked with no outs in the third inning and again when senior David Hernandez walked with one out in the fourth inning.
Both players advanced to third on throwing errors by Longhorn pitcher Wesley Thompson, who overthrew the first baseman while trying to catch the runners in a rundown.
But Ball High could not capitalize with runners in scoring position.
George Ranch advances to play Stratford in the Area Round