Friday Baseball Roundup: Center Claims 19-4A Title + More
RUSK -- Center capped its regular season with the District 19-4A championship in a 1-0 win against Rusk.
Taylor Tomlin scored the game's lone run on Caiden Rainbolt's one-out line drive in the top of the sixth.
Center (17-3-1, 10-2) -- which clinched the district's first playoff seed Tuesday due to Carthage's loss against Rusk -- would have gone down as a league co-champion with Carthage if it didn't pull out the win Friday.
Jacob Mitchell elevated his pitching record to 6-0. He earned the complete game win, striking two out in the process and allowing five hits.
The Roughriders will square off with Huntington in the Class 4A bi-district playoff round. Huntington did not win a District 20-4A game, but it qualified by default as a part of a four-team league.
Rusk (8-13, 4-8), the fourth seed from District 19-4A, will take on Lufkin Hudson in the opening round.
Bullard Tops Gilmer In Extras, Claims Share Of League Title
GILMER -- Bullard wrapped up its regular season with a 4-1 win at Gilmer in eight innings.
Zach Eschberger struck out eight batters in a complete game win. The Buckeyes' sole run was unearned.
Eschberger also scored the winning run on a Gilmer (10-7, 5-5) defensive error.
Josh Chewning led the Panthers (15-5, 9-1) offensively with two hits and a walk.
The win allowed Bullard to tie Spring Hill for the District 16-4A championship. The two teams split games against each other earlier in the season.
Gilmer will enter the playoffs as the league's third seed.
Hallsville Closes Regular Season With Win Over Longview
HALLSVILLE -- The Bobcats capped their District 15-5A championship regular season with a 3-0 win against Longview.
Jacob Walker led Hallsville (19-3, 13-1) by reaching base in all three of his at-bats. He recorded two hits and a walk.
Logan Bailey struck out 14 batters in the win and allowed five total base runners.
Longview (5-14, 4-10) committed three errors in its final game of the year. It finished seventh in the district.
Hallsville will open the Class 5A postseason against Lindale in the bi-district round.