Thursday Baseball + Softball Roundup: Chapel Hill Clinches Playoff Berth, Brook Hill Locks Up District + More
GLADEWATER -- The Chapel Hill Bulldogs clinched a playoff spot with a 13-2 rout of Gladewater on Thursday night in District 16-3A action.
Braden Nelson led the way for the Bulldogs (18-9, 7-5) by going 5-for-5 with a double and three RBIs. Teammate Andrew Black was 2-for-3 with four RBIs in the game, which was stopped after six innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
Phillip Day went 3-for-5 with an RBI, Hudson Mahaffey had two hits and drove in a run and Cole Williams had two hits and scored twice for Chapel Hill, which pounded out 17 hits on the night.
Nelson was also the winning pitcher. He allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits with seven strikeouts and no walks in six innings.
Chapel Hill has completed its regular season and will await an opponent in the bi-district round of the Class 3A Region II playoffs.
Brook Hill Rolls + Clinches District
BULLARD -- The Bullard Brook Hill Guard picked up their 13th consecutive win Thursday night, and in the process, clinched the TAPPS District 4-3A title with a 21-0 rout of Dallas First Baptist.
Brook Hill (15-6, 7-0) was led by Clayton Engel, who went 3-for-3 with a double, six RBIs and four runs scored. He was also the winning pitcher, tossing four scoreless innings, allowing three hits with six strikeouts.
Jonah Gonzales was 4-for-4 with a double, three RBIs and four runs, Blake Maddox went 3-for-4 with a double, triple and three RBIs, Seth Brasher had two hits, three RBIs and scored twice and Travis King was 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored.
Andrew Edwards pitched the final inning on the mound for the Guard and struck out the side.
Brook Hill travels to Nacogdoches to take on Central Heights in a non-district game Monday before concluding the regular season next Thursday at Dallas Lutheran.
Carlisle Continues Winning Ways
HARLETON -- The second-ranked and defending state champion Carlisle Indians remained perfect in District 20-A with a 6-2 win over Harleton on Wednesday.
Zach Brightwell (8-1) went the distance on the mound to pick up the win for Carlisle (15-3, 11-0), allowing two runs on three hits with nine strikeouts and three walks. He was also 1-for-4 with an RBI and run scored at the plate.
Caleb Colley was 2-for-2 with a double, two walks, two RBIs and two runs scored. Ben Goss doubled and drove in two, while Ty Baker was 2-for-4 with a double, RBI and a run scored.
Carlisle concludes the regular season next Friday at home against Leverett's Chapel.
Bullard Blanks Gilmer
BULLARD -- The District 16-3A champion Bullard Lady Panthers finished up the regular season with a 7-0 shutout of Gilmer on Thursday night.
Kristi "Coco" Springer allowed just one hit and struck out 11 in the complete-game effort for Bullard (19-4, 11-1).
Bullard used a three-run first inning to ignite the big win. Springer had a two-run single and Chelsea Robinson came through with an RBI groundout in the inning. Nikki Johnson finished the game 2-for-3 with a double, RBI and run scored.
The Lady Panthers will face Athens in a best-of-three bi-district playoff series in Grand Saline. Game 1 is set for 6 p.m. Friday, with Game 2 at noon Saturday. A third game, if needed, would immediately follow the second game.
Carthage Blows Past Diboll
CARTHAGE -- The Carthage Lady Dawgs concluded District 20-3A play with a 12-2 rout of Diboll on Thursday night.
Brooklyn Peace got the win, pitching all six innings. She allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits with 10 strikeouts and three walks. Peace also was 1-for-2 with a double, RBI, run scored and two walks at the plate.
Carthage, which finished with 13 hits, was led by Teah Reese, who was 2-for-2 with a double and three RBis. Nykedra Williams, Marissa Snow and Brianna Gwinn all had two hits, Kacey Maines tripled and drove in two and Morgan Davis doubled and had an RBI.
The Lady Dawgs (22-6, 8-4) will face Gilmer on the road at 6 p.m. Tuesday in warm-up game before beginning the playoffs against Groesbeck at 6 p.m. Thursday at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens.
Elysian Fields Rips Union Grove
UNION GROVE -- The Elysian Fields Lady Jackets closed the District 17-2A season with a 16-3 rout of Union Grove on Thursday.
Jacey Doyle led the way at the plate for Elysian Fields (16-13, 10-4) by going 2-for-4 with a homer, double, two RBIs and four runs scored. Kaycee Bailey was 5-for-5 with a pair of doubles, two RBIs and three runs, while Bailee Fry went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs.
Devin Gonzalez doubled twice and drove in three, Jane Harris was 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs and Melody Chmiel went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs for Elysian Fields, which had 20 hits -- eight for extra bases.
Harris picked up the win with five scoreless innings, allowing four hits with five strikeouts and one walk.
Alto Finishes District Unbeaten
PRICE -- The Alto Lady Jackets, which have won 16 consecutive district titles, wrapped up an undefeated District 21-A campaign with a 12-1 defeat of Carlisle on Thursday.
Alyssa Duplichain had two hits and four RBIs to lead Alto (20-3, 12-0) at the plate. The Lady Jackets put the game out of reach with six runs in the sixth, scoring on Dariyana Moore's RBI double, a passed ball, two wild pitchers and two fielder's choices.
Madison Crisp got the victory in the circle. She allowed one run on three hits with four strikeouts and five walks in six innings of work.
Alto will receive a bye in the first round of the Class A Region III playoffs.