Salado Eagles forced both of their District 25-4A foes into Mercy Rule losses last week to open district play with two wins. They will travel to Burnet to face the Bulldogs at 7 p.m. April 1.
Liberty Hill 0
Salado Eagles shut out the Liberty Hill Panthers 11-0 March 24 in a home district game.
The Eagles took a 4-0 lead in the first inning with singles by Preston Payne, Cody Wolf and Ryan Dunnahoo. Grant Taylor hit a two-run homer before the third out was registered.
Salado added two more in the second, Phillip Ellis singled and stole second, scoring on a double by Payne. Payne went to third on a ground out, scoring on a fielding error,
The Eagles scored five runs in the fourth. Ellis singled with one hout and Payne was hit by a pitch. Drew Dobbins singled to load the bases and the runners advanced on a balk. Cody Wolff singled to drive in a run and Dobbins scored on the attempted throw. Garrett Lightfoot hit the ball to left and an error by the leftfield allowed him to reach second and Wolf to score. Lightfoot scored on andd error by the right fielder that allowed Grant Taylor to go to first.
The Salado Eagles got out of their three-game slump in a big way, scoring 19 runs on 14 hits against the Lampasas Badgers
Meanwhile Drew Dobbins and Peyton Kyburz combined efforts on the mound to give up no hits and just one run in the 19-1 District 25-4A opener March 22 on the road.
The win improves Salado’s record to 10-9 and 1-0 in district.
The Eagles scored one run in the first without the benefit of a hit, but the bats came alive in the second when Salado scored seven runs, topped by a grand slam by Grant Tylor with two outs and the bases loaded. He cleared Dobbins and Cody Wolf, who reached on singles and Ryan Dunnahoo who reached on a walk to load the bases.
Earlier Ryan Oakes singles and Phillip Ellis reached on an error while Preston Payne was hit by the pitcher to load the bases with one out.
Salado added six runs in the third inning with a single by Ellis, doubles by Dobbins and Wolf and a triple by Taylor.
Dunnahoo and Ellis singled and scored in the fifth while Garrett Lightfoot and Taylor doubled and scored and Payne hit a two-run homerun.
Lampasas’ only score was the result of a walk, an error and a dropped third strike in the second inning.
On the mound, Dobbins struck out four and walked three to earn the win. Kyburz struck out two and walked one.