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May 8, 2013

BASEBALL: Hallsville bats punch holes in RC defense during postseason series sweep

Royse City pitchers came under fire last weekend, allowing 27 hits and 20 runs in a Class 4A bi-district playoff series against Hallsville. After a climatic ending to the regular season, during which the Bulldogs (14-19) squandered a three-game lead before winning a seeding tiebreaker against Sherman, the season came to and end with losses of 13-1 and 7-1 against the Bobcats (26-5).

Dylan McCain went 2-for-2 in the first game of the series Friday, but Hallsville turned a close game into a blowout with five runs in the fourth frame and three more in each of the next two innings to end the game after just six innings due to the mercy rule.

Hallsville took an early lead with a pair of runs in the opening inning, but the Bulldogs cut that deficit in half during the second on Dalton Warner’s RBI-single to score Travis Westmoreland.

After a scoreless third, the Bobcats blew the game open in the fourth, getting a run on Royse City’s lone error and adding four more on Ronnie Gideon’s grand slam. Hallsville continued to pound the Bulldogs for six more runs while limiting Royse City to just six hits in the game.

Warner took the loss on the mound, surrendering 11 hits and eight earned runs in four innings with four strikeouts and a walk. Connor Reich got the win for Hallsville, giving up five hits and the single run over five solid innings. Reich walked two and fanned seven Royse City hitters.

In the following game Saturday, Dylan Youngblood and Skyler Ward each banged out a pair of hits, but the Bulldogs could only muster one hit in addition to those in a 7-1 loss at Hallsville.

Hallsville hammered out 12 hits and busted open a scoreless game in the third with a huge six-run inning. The Bobcats added another run in the fourth for a 7-0 lead before Royse City ended the shutout with its only run in the sixth.

Hallsville’s Coby Weaver tossed six strong innings for the win, allowing four hits and three walks while striking out six. Jared Jordan was tagged with the loss, giving up six hits and four earned runs with two walks and a pair of strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings.

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