Hallsville chops down Pine Tree
April 18, 2017 at 11:21 p.m.
Hallsville's playoff fate is secure. Pine Tree's is not.
The Bobcats solidified their positioning Tuesday night, while the Pirates now find themselves with their backs to the wall.
Hallsville broke open a close contest with four spots in each of the fourth and fifth innings. The Bobcats hammered out 14 hits in their 10-5 triumph over the Pirates here at the Field Of Dreams.
Blaine Parker, who got the start and win for the state-ranked Bobcats, aided his effort with two doubles, a single, two runs scored and three runs driven in.
It was his two-run rip that rolled to the wall in right field that chased home Dylan Bailey and Ty Meissner for a 4-0 lead in the fourth.
Hallsville (22-3, 8-1) keeps pace with Sulphur Springs atop the District 16-5A mountaintop, setting the stage for a potential showdown next Friday.
Pine Tree (8-16-2, 3-7) has a bye Friday before closing out the regular season next week against Marshall and Texas High. It appears the Pirates could still secure a fourth place finish by winning out.
The game rocked along for two innings with solid pitching efforts from both Parker and Pine Tree's Pokey Best.
Hallsville finally got on the board in its half of the third when third sacker Logan Durrett laced a double down the third base line with two outs already in the books.
Matt Wyman was hit by a Best pitch and Bobcat center fielder Tye Smith delivered Durrett with an RBI single to left field.
Pine Tree stranded baserunners in both the first and third frames.
Designated hitter Carson Chapman got things started for the Bobcats in the third and Best got Colton Oney swinging. Chapman, who finished with two base hits, turned on a 1-1 offering and drove it to right for a standup triple.
Best plunked Dylan Bailey the next at bat to put runners on the corners. Meissner roped a double to left that allowed Chapman to skip home.
Parker greeted Pirate reliever Micah Gibson with another two-bagger that pushed across both Bailey and Meissner for a 4-0 advantage. Parker wound up touching home on the aid of a passed ball.
After the Bobcats built a 5-0 cushion heading to the bottom portion of the fourth, the Pirates manufactured their first score after Will Harris reached on an error in center and eventually came around when Best worked a bases-loaded walk.
Hallsville batted around in the fifth and scratched for four more on four base hits to take a commanding 9-1 lead.
Smith, Mason Oxsheer and Oney started the rally with back-to-back-to-back singles. Oney's base rap scored Smith, while Oxsheer tallied on the heels of a Bailey slap to right.
Oney subsequently came around and crossed on a passed ball, while Parker plated pinch-runner Justin Gorby for a 9-1 advantage.
A Parker single in the seventh culminated in courtesy runner David Herrington coming in ahead of a Matt Wyman infield single.
The Pirates proved pesky in their final at bat. With Bobcat ace Cooper Rawls inserted to seal the deal, he was greeted by four successive base hits a Cade Hardin, Will Harris and Hayden McAfee all singled, while A.J. Brown cleared the bags with his three-run double to right center.
Rawls regained his composure and got Hunter Greenlee on a ground out to short, while fanning Konnor Johnson and Tristan Douglas to end the game.