Baker Hits Grand Slam in Rout Over Cameron
After a lead off double by Jordan Baker, and two straight walks by the Cameron pitcher, Dylan Glover lined one over the fence for a grand slam which paved the way for a 16-5 victory over the host Dragons on Thursday.
Tyler Coach Rob Jones said, “we came in and swung the bats pretty well,” ” Jordan Baker threw strikes on the mound and we made some good plays behind him.”
Glover, Baker, and Colby Lash alldrove in four runs, while Baker three three strong innings for the Knights. Cameron pitchers struggled with control all evening and ended up walking 11 batters with most of them scoring.
After the fast start in the first inning, the Silver Knights added three more in the second, led by Lash’s two run shot which cleared the fence. Tyler added three more to the scoreboard in the third when Baker went deep over the fence off of releif pitcher Dalton Wood to clear the bases.
“Tyler showed up ready, and we were to flat to start,” Dragons Coach Rich Moffo said. “We came around later in the game and started hitting the ball, but we needed to do that right from the start.”
The Silver Knights releiver Colby Lash, gave up three runs in the fourth,to make it 10-4, but that was as close as the Dragonswould get, as the Knights scored three more in the fourt without getting a hit. Cameron pitchers continued to struggle by issueing free passes to upthe score. With the win Tyler moved to 9-6 on the season with a double header at home with Ravenswood scheduled for Friday.
The Knights showed up on Friday ready to play against a tough Ravenswood squad. After battling back and worth all evening long the Kinghts came up short 16-5 in the first game. Dillan Roberts took the loss on the mound as he struck out two and also had two walks. The Knights also took the loss in game two 16-10 in and exciting matchup that went two extra inning. Luke Daughtery came on strong in relief with three strikeouts and two walks but it wasn’t enough and he took the loss.
Although the Knights moved to 9-8 on the season they have been playing exciting baseball and look to come on strong as the season winds down. Austin Thompson had two doubles and three rbi’s on the the day and Colby Buchanan, Dillian Glover, Jacob Stackpole, and Dylan Roberts all had multi-hit and multi-RBI nights.. Coach Jones was very proud of his teams effort Friday and said, ” ravenswoodwas in the regional finals last year in AA and we had our chances to win both games.” We ran into a situation where we were running low on innings with some of our pitchers and we battled and hung tough with a good AA baseball program.” Tylers next game is Wednesday April 29, at home against rival Magnolia.
Tyler Consolidated scored 25 runs on 22-hits in a double-header sweep of the Valley Lumberjacks, 16-7 and 9-4 April 18 in Kidwell.
Peyton Palmer took the loss in the opener. He struck out two and walked two, while Colby Bucher came in relief, also struck out two and walked two. Palmer, Bucher and Triston Kocher each pounded out three-hits and plated two in game one.
In the nite-cap, Trey Streets struck out two and walked two took tbhe loss for Valley. Dusty Lowe pitched in relief struck out one and walked three. Streets and Taylor Bates each singled, doubled and knocked in a pair to lead the Valley offense.