Highlanders fall to Blinn

Highlanders fall to Blinn

The McLennan Highlanders fell to the Blinn Buccaneers 19-8 Monday evening in a non-conference contest in Brenham.

The Highlanders jumped out to an early lead scoring two runs in the top of the first. Joe Breaux singled, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a double by Nic Motley. Motley then scored on a single by Josh Breaux.

Blinn took the lead with three runs in the bottom of the first. Anthony Jones was hit by the pitch and Angel DeLafuente was safe at first on an error. Sam McElreath followed with a single to score Jones, and Johnny Rizer walked to load the bases. Trent Murphy then doubled to score DeLafuente and McElreath.

The Bucs added two runs in the second. Tyler Fowler led off with a double and Jay Anderson walked. Both runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Jones. Fowler scored on a single by Colton Parris, and Jones scored on a sacrifice fly by DeLafuente. 

Blinn took control of the game with 13 runs in the third inning. McElreath singled and Rizer doubled. Murphy followed with a three-run home run. Zach Cherry singled, Fowler was safe on an error and Anderson was hit by the pitch to load the bases. Jones singled to score Cherry, and Parrish singled to score Fowler. DeLafuente followed with a double to score Anderson and Jones. Parrish scored on a ground out by McElreath, and DeLafuente scored on a sacrifice fly by Rizer. Murphy walked, Cherry singled and Fowler walked to load the bases again. Anderson followed with the grand slam.

The Highlanders added three runs in the fifth. Mario Vela led off with a single and Chris Roller doubled. Joe Breaux followed with a double to score Vela and Roller. Josh Breaux singled and Griffin Paxton walked to load the bases. Jackson Nichols also walked bringing Joe Breaux in to score.

Two McLennan runs scored in the sixth. Vela singled and scored on a double by Joe Breaux. Breaux advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a fly out by Motley.

The final Buccaneer runs came in the bottom of the sixth. Marshall Skinner and Connor Whitaker both walked. Mason Michalec followed with a single to score Skinner. 

Cole Haring's solo home run for the Highlanders in the eighth rounded out the scoring. 

Blinn 19, McLennn 8
McLennan 2 0 0 0 3 2 0 1 0 – 8 10 3
Blinn 3 2 13 0 0 1 0 0 x – 19 17 0 
Garrett Doiron, Nick Urbantke (2), Hunter Spaeth (3), Michael Cugini (3), Brady Childress (3), Connor Heffron (6), Kyrell Miller (7), Bailey Horn (8) and Jackson Nichols. Evan Mata, Will Floyd (5), Weston Brown (6), Sammy Pleus (8), Zach Smith (9) and Colton Parrish, Brandon Ashy (9). WP: Mata; LP: Doiron. Leading hitters – McLennan: Chris Roller (1-4, 2B), Joe Breaux (3-5, 2B, 3 RBI), Nic Motley (1-4, 2B, 2 RBI), Josh Breaux (2-4, RBI), Jackson Nichols (0-3, RBI), Mario Vela (2-3) and Cole Haring (1-1, HR, RBI); Blinn: Jay Anderson (1-3, HR, 4 RBI), Anthony Jones (1-4, RBI), Colton Parrish (2-4, 2 RBI), Angel DeLafuente (1-3, 2B, 2 RBI), Sam McElreath (4-5, 3 RBI), Johnny Rizer (2-2, 2B, RBI), Trent Murphy (2-3, 2B, HR, 5 RBI), Zach Cherry (2-3), Tyler Fowler (1-3, 2B) and Connor Whitaker (1-1, 2B). Record: McLennan 25-7 (9-3).