The No. 9 McLennan Highlanders cruised to an 11-3 victory over the No. 1 San Jacinto Gators this afternoon at Bosque River Ballpark.
San Jac began the scoring with a run in the top of the first as Alerick Soularie drew a walk, moved to second on a single by Sergio Macias and scored on a single by Peter Zimmerman.
McLennan tied the game with a run in the bottom of the inning. Aidan Shepardson and Josh Breaux both singled and advanced on a ground out by Keaton Milford. Thomas Santos drew a walk to load the bases. Nick Thornquist also drew a walk, bringing Shepardson in to score.
The Gators took the lead with two runs in the top of the second. Jordan Myrow walked, moved to second on a sacrifice by Andres Sosa, advanced to third on a Highlander error and scored on a wild pitch. Soularie then walked, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Matt Goodheart.
The Highlanders took the lead with five runs in the bottom of the second inning. Mitchell Caskey walked, George Callil singled and Shepardson walked to load the bases. Breaux followed with a single to score Caskey and Callil. Breaux moved to second on an overthrow and Milford doubled to score Shepardson and Breaux. Santos then singled to score Milford.
McLennan added another two runs in the fourth. Shepardson walked and moved around to third on a San Jac error that put Breaux on first. Milford followed with a sacrifice fly to score Shepardson. A ground out by Santos moved Breaux to second. Breaux then advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Thornquist.
Another Highlander run scored in the sixth. Breaux walked, Milford was hit by the pitch and Santos bunted for a single to load the bases. Breaux then scored on a wild pitch.
McLennan rounded out the scoring with two runs in the eighth. Breaux singled, and Milford and Thornquist both walked to load the bases. Chase Sortor followed with a fielder's choice to score Breaux, and Milford scored on a single by Caskey.
The Highlanders will return to the field Monday, March 19, in a 2 p.m. ballgame at Wharton.
McLennan 11, San Jacinto 3
San Jacinto 120 000 000 – 3 6 1
McLennan 150 201 02x – 11 9 3
Chris Roberts, Lukas Veinbergs (2), Zach DeLeon (5), Aaron George (6), Mike Pascoe (7), Trey Dillard (8), Chezzare Gonzalez (8) and Baylor Rowlett. Levi David, Grant Miller (3), Alex DeLeon (8) and Nick Thornquist. WP: Miller; LP: Roberts. Leading hitters – San Jacinto: Matt Goodheart (1-5, RBI) and Peter Zimmerman (2-5, RBI); McLennan: Josh Breaux (3-4, 2 RBI), Keaton Milford (1-2, 2B, 3 RBI), Thomas Santos (2-4, RBI), Nick Thornquist (1-3, 2 RBI), Chase Sortor (0-5, RBI) and Mitchell Caskey (1-4, RBI). Record: McLennan 17-6 (3-1).