Indians take third at Jones
The Comanche Indians picked up wins over the hosts and Lincoln Christian on their way to a third-place finish at the Bo Duren Invitational in Jones last weekend.
The Indians survived a big second inning by the home team to advance through the first round.
Comanche scored nine runs in the first two innings and looked to have the game well under control when the Longhorns exploded for nine runs in the bottom of the second inning to tie the game.
Not to be deterred, the Indians retook the lead for good in the third inning with two more runs before adding two more in the top of the sixth.
Ian Essex finished a home run short of the cycle as he went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and four RBI in the game. He picked up RBI in the first, second and third innings.
Essex was not the only star at the plate, however, as Comanche pounded out 15 hits in the game.
Bryson Evans was 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and an RBI. Gunner King was 2-for-3 with three runs scored, Gabe Diaz was 2-for-4 with a run scored and a double, and Colby Shannon was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Landen Steele, Dillon Ellis and Brady Dobbins also picked up hits in the game.
King was the winner on the mound after coming in in relief in the second inning. He pitched 4.2 innings and gave up two hits while striking out four and walking two.
The third time would not be the charm for the Indians against the Warriors as Washington broke open a 2-2 tie in the top of the sixth inning with five runs and then held on for the win.
The Indians were limited to just one hit in the game, an RBI single by Dillon Ellis in the third inning.
Colby Shannon was the losing pitcher, giving up five unearned runs on four hits and a walk.
Lincoln Christian 5
The Indians got their offense going again in the third place game. Comanche led 8-1 going into the bottom of the fifth inning before denying a late charge by Lincoln Christian to get the win.
Bryson Evans went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a triple to lead Comanche. Ian Essex was 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored. Brady Dobbins went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and Gabe Diaz was 2-for-2 with a run scored. Landen Steele and Owen Bigford also had hits in the game.
Dobbins was the winning pitcher, going 5.2 innings, giving up eight hits and five runs, while striking out five and walking three.
The Leopards scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth to break a 4-4 tie and picked up a district win.
The game had gone back and forth throughout. Comanche took an early 2-0 lead after two innings before Lindsay scored one in the -third and then took the lead with two runs in the fourth.
Comanche came back and retook the lead in the top of the fifth with two runs before the Leopards scored once in the bottom of the inning to tie the game again.
Gabe Diaz went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI to lead Comanche at the plate. Ian Essex, Landen Steele, Dillon Ellis and Brady Dobbins all had hits.
Owen Bigford was the losing pitcher, going four innings, allowing five hits and three runs while striking out two and walking none.
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