Varsity boys shut down Gilmer, 2-0
Following a successful weekend at a tournament in Fort Worth (Feb. 20-22), the Lindale High School Eagles varsity baseball team took on Gilmer Monday night (Feb. 24) and brought home a 2-0 win.
Sam Sitton, now 1-1 on the season, drove in both Lindale runs as well as going 2-for-3 at the plate with a pair of singles. His hit in the third inning brought in the only two runs he and the Eagles would need.
Bryce Deupree also had a hit for the Eagles.
On the mound, Sitton struck out eight and spaced out five hits.
Lindale’s defense also contributed to the win as left fielder Ryan Dudley doubled up a Buckeye runner with a perfect throw to catcher Tate Coomer at the plate.
FORT WORTH TOURNEY
This past week, the Eagles traveled to Fort Worth to take part in the Lake Worth Tournament and left town with opposing pitching staffs shell shocked. In five games, the Eagles scored 62 runs and allowed just 23. They won three and tied two.
The opener on Thursday pitted the Eagles against Lake Worth and Lindale posted a 12-5 win after jumping out to a 5-1 lead in the first inning.
The Eagles had 12 singles on the day with Jon French getting three hits in five trips to the plate, Ryan Dudley two and Bryce Deupree two. Kris Bond had two RBIs, while Dudley, Deupree and Micah Walker all had one each.
Chase Brown tossed three innings to pick up the win, while Dudley went two and Laettner Greenhill and Walker worked an inning apiece. Brown had three strike outs and walked two and allowed just one hit.
Later that same day, the Eagles pounded Fort Worth Castleberry, 19-0, keyed by a 13-run outburst in the second inning. Lindale plated four more in the third to end the game on the mercy rule.
Sitton was a one-man wrecking crew for the Eagles, going 3-5 with five RBIs. He had a double, triple and a homer. Dudley had two hits and two RBIs, while French added a couple of hits to the outburst.
Walker tallied two RBIs, while Kris Bond, Kyle Bond, Deupree and Coomer all had one each. Dalton Sanches worked three innings to pick up the win for Lindale, allowing just two hits while striking out two.
Another big first inning lifted the Eagles in their third game of the tournament, a 16-3 thrashing of Decatur on Friday.
Five Eagles had multiple hits: Kris Bond, 3 (including a triple); Coomer, 3; Sitton, 2; French, 2 and Walker, 2.
Dudley and Walker knocked in three runs each, while Deupree had two RBIs, Coomer had two, Sitton had two and Kris Bond and French each had one.
Cody Rozell was the winning pitcher, going three innings, allowing one run on one hit and striking out two. Greenhill and Walker each tossed an inning as well.
The first of two ties in the tournament came against Kennedale, as the Eagles saw a 6-0 lead slip away in the bottom of the seventh inning.
French slugged a triple and a double while Walker added a triple. In the RBI department, Walker, Deupree, Kris Bond and French all had one apiece.
Nash Walters went six innings for the Eagles, and was followed by Sanchez, Kyle Bond and Chase Brown, all coming into the game in the sixth.
In their final game of the tournament, the Eagles were involved in a wild one against Sanger, which ended in a 9-9 tie.
Lindale jumped out to a 4-0 lead after three, and by the sixth had padded that to 7-0. But Sanger fought back, plating seven in the bottom of the sixth. The Eagles came back with two more in the top of the seventh, but Sanger got two of their own in the bottom of the inning to earn the tie.
Jesse Valdez led the Eagles at the plate with three RBI on two hits, while Walker added two hits and Dudley had three with an RBI. Sitton had two RBI as well.
Sanchez went five innings and Chase Brown tossed the final two for Lindale.
JV BLUE WINS
On Friday, Feb. 28, the JV Blue team routed Mount Pleasant, 12-0, with the game ending in five innings on the 10- run rule.
The Eagles scored twice in the first, five in the second and put the game away with five more in the fourth.
Lindale belted out 12 hits, led by Joe Santangelo with two singles and three RBI, Daniel Robertson with a single, a double and three RBI and Colton Moore with two singles and a pair of RBI.
Santangelo went the first three innings while Graham White came in for the final two innings.