More often than not last week, youth was schooled.
Head coach Randy Loyd’s roster of players featuring a majority of players who were not on last year’s roster ran into upperclassmen filled squads and dropped three games on the road.
Waldron 15 Rattlers 4
Trey Williams doubled off of Pacen Roberson (0-1) to start the game for the Bulldogs and before the first inning ended Waldron was up 5-0, having recorded five hits.
The Rattlers got three of those runs back against Brandon Stuart in the second. With the bases loaded — Randon Baumgartner and Roberson had singled and Adam Brink drew a walk — Jacob Hall was hit by a pitch to drive in a run. An Ethan Chenowith single scored two more before Stuart got the final out of the frame.
The Rattlers started bottom of the second inning with three consecutive errors and Bulldogs were able to reestablish their five run lead at 8-3.
Trevor Blake had taken over in the second inning, getting a pair of strike outs but he would be roughed up for seven runs in the third before getting an out. There were also three more Magazine errors in the inning.
Baumgartner got out of the inning with the Rattlers down 15-3 and would strike out four — one reached — in the fourth inning for six on the day.
The Rattlers got their final run in the fourth on a Bulldog error that allowed Roberson to reach and Matt Smith to score.
Lavaca 3 Rattlers 2
Randon Baumgartner struck out 17, walked only one and allowed only five hits over seven innings and 105 pitches, but he ended up with a no decision when the Golden Arrows scored against Trevor Blake (1-1) in the bottom of the eighth.
Lavaca’s Rey Lozano threw 106 pitches in eight innings, striking out 14 and allowing two runs to get the win. Lozano did not walk a batter but did hit one. He allowed four hits.
After being set down in order in the first three innings the Rattlers got their first baserunner on an error that allowed Ethan Chenowith to reach leading off the fourth, but he would be erased trying to steal.
Trevor Blake followed with a single and Matt Smith doubled to the fence in left to set up Baumgartner, who singled for a 2-0 lead.
Baumgartner got out of a first and third, nobody out jam in the fifth with three straight strike outs, giving him four in an inning — Jared Denton had reached after Matt Smith was ruled to have missed him on a tag after a third strike hit the ground — for the second time of the week.
In the sixth, however, the Arrows got singles from Draven Gill and Lozano, and with an error both were in scoring position for Jimmy Hall’s single that tied it at 2-2.
With Baumgartner just five pitches shy of the maximum Blake took over in the eighth and a single by Gill, and two errors, the second on a ground ball by Tripp Lile, resulted in Gill scoring the winning run.
County Line 10 Rattlers 1
Pacen Roberson hit a home run off of County Line’s Anthony Keith in the second inning to tie the game at 1-1, but the Indians scored seven times in the bottom of the inning against Trevor Blake (1-2).
Blake retired the first two Indians in the bottom of the second but then there would be eight straight hitters reach safely. There were five hits, two walks, a hit batter and a couple of plays complicated by errors — Magazine had four in two innings — and it was 8-1.
Blake would go one more inning and Roberson finished the game for Magazine.