By Sherry Martin
Special to the Herald-Banner
WAXAHACHIE — The Bulldogs weren’t able to mount another sensational victory last week and fell to Hillsboro, 5-0, 12-8, in the Region II, Class 3A Area baseball playoff series at Waxahachie High School.
“We came out flat in the first game,” said RCHS coach Clay Wolfe of Hillsboro’s 5-0 shutout last Thursday night. “We were hitting the ball. They only struck us out twice, but we were never hitting it square. It was just a really weird game.”
Hillsboro scored its five runs off six hits, with no errors.
On Saturday the Bulldogs started off the game with two runs in the first inning off hits by Scotty Arterberry and Garrett Ellington.
The second inning proved to be the undoing for Royse City. The Eagles chalked up nine runs off five hits, one of which was a grand slam.
Carlos Gallegos and Dylan Jones got RBIs in the third inning, bringing in three more runs. Curtis Sexton scored off a pop-fly by Arterberry in the fourth inning.
Hillsboro scored three more runs in the fifth inning to up their score to 12-6.
In the final inning, both pitchers had been replaced and sloppy pitching had loaded up the bases for Royse City with two players walked and Chaz Quinn struck by a pitch for the second time in the game. Mickey Mojica singled in one run and another was scored from a full-based walk, but the inning ended with only two scores and the game and series went to Hillsboro with a score of 12-8.
“This was only the third time that a Royse City team had made it into the playoffs,” said Wolfe. “This was the first team that ever won a playoff game, let alone a series.
“I told them that I was proud of them and that it had been a fun ride. There had been plenty of chances to quit. I told the seniors that if they ever needed anything I would be there for them, and I told the other guys to reload and get ready for next season.”
Clutch performances had become the standard for Royse City’s varsity baseball club as it had squeaked into the playoffs earlier this season on a 10-0 tiebreaker over Rains for the final playoff seed in District 10-3A. The Bulldogs then bounced back from a 16-1 loss in the bi-district opening game against Prosper to take the next two games in the series by scores of 8-5, 8-4, and advance to the area round for what is believed to be the first time in school history.”
The losses set Royse City’s overall record to 18-12 for the season.
Hillsboro will now advance to face Commerce in the regional quarterfinal. Commerce, the No. 1 seed from District 10-3A, now, 24-5, for the season, defeated Fort Worth Castleberry, 7-2, 3-2, in the area round.
(David Wilfong contributed to this report.)
By Sherry Martin