Tuesday Baseball + Softball Roundup: Elkhart Tops New Waverly in 11 Innings + More
ELKHART -- Jackson Adair rallied back from an 0-2 count for a three-run, walk-off homer in the 11th inning and a 7-4 win against New Waverly.
It fit in perfectly with the game's tone. Elkhart had trailed in the District 21-3A battle, 4-1, entering the bottom of the seventh inning.
Both teams put runners on the bags in extra innings, but Nick Gonzales and Lane Lisiecki combined to hold New Waverly off the board in its final six offensive frames of the evening.
Elkhart (15-9, 7-3), which had trailed since the top of the first, began chipping away at New Waverly's lead in the fourth inning. Alex Flores batted in Tanner Tutt for a 3-1 game.
Trent Huff led the bottom seventh off with a double and was knocked home by Adair's double the next at-bat. The Elks then loaded the bases and Tanner Tutt hit a two-RBI double for the tie.
Flores led off the bottom 11th with a single, took second base on a steal and Huff was intentionally walked before Adair recorded the game-winning hit beyond center field on a hanging curve ball.
Gonzales pitched 8 2/3 innings in relief. He recorded 10 strikeouts to just four hits.
Lisiecki got the win after knocking down New Waverly in four at-bats in final inning.
Elkhart hosts Palestine Westwood at 7 p.m. Friday.
Carthage Defeats Tatum
CARTHAGE -- The Bulldogs did not have a great offensive night, but they caught the breaks in a 3-1 win against Tatum which featured 0 RBIs.
Carthage recorded the winning runs in the bottom of the sixth on Eagles' miscues.
Hunter Townsend broke a 1-1 tie from third base on an errant throw. Anthony Chhor then came home on a wild pitch.
The Bulldogs (11-7, 9-1 in District 19-4A) got on the board in the first inning. Micah Templeton doubled, advanced to third on a sacrifice fly and got home on a double steal coordinated with Bryson Crawford.
Just Danzer tied the game for Tatum in the third inning by escaping a rundown between third base and home plate on a throwing error.
The Eagles recorded six hits to Carthage's two.
Carthage will travel to Henderson on Friday. Tatum will simultaneously host Center.
Center Handles Rusk
RUSK -- Caden Rainbolt struck out nine and allowed just five base runners in 5 1/3 innings of relief work to help Center toward a 7-2 win in District 19-4A action.
Josh Burns and Jacob Mitchell had 2-for-3 nights at the plate for the Roughriders.
Mitchell and TCU commitment Dalton Horton both recorded two RBIs in the win.
Center will visit Tatum on Friday. Rusk travels to Bullard for a Saturday game.
Camryn Rucker Pitches No-Hitter
ELKHART -- Camryn Rucker came close to recording her second perfect game in a seven-day span.
Rucker only allowed one trip onto the bases via a walk and struck out 15 New Waverly batters in a 3-0 Lady Elks' win in District 21-3A play.
All three Elkhart runs were scored in the first inning. Robin Grant led the way with two RBIs and finished her night 2-for-2 at the plate.
The Lady Elks (21-1, 11-0) travel to Palestine Westwood on Friday.