Tuesday, April 10, 2018, Center Roughriders Horseshoe Ballpark –
The Center Roughriders Varsity Baseball Team has taken their eighth District 16 4A conference game with a 9-1 home-field win over the Rusk Eagles. The Roughriders are on a 9-game winning streak and are the only unbeaten team left in district play. Carthage is the district’s second place team with a 6-2 standing.
‘Rider Tyler Fountain got the win pitching the entire seven inning game, striking out eight Eagles batters and only giving up four hits. Konner Gayle took the loss for Rusk and recorded five strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.Center had 12 hits on the night.
The Roughriders only allowed one runner during the top of the first inning and retired the Eagles with no runs scored by getting them out on two grounders and a pop fly.
The bottom of the first inning saw the ‘Riders go up 4-0 when they reached on two free bases to begin the inning, and got three consecutive hits by Jaxson Covington, Alejandro Flores, and Tyler Fountain. Christian Lee later hit a run batted in single for the final run of the inning.
Center’s 4-0 advantage held up until the bottom of the fifth inning when Clay Snider led off the inning with a single and was later driven in by a double by Alejandro Flores and an Eagles error in the outfield.
Center got four scores in the bottom of the sixth inning and went up 9-0.
Rusk’s only score came in the top of the seventh inning when Alec Tipton reached on a walk and advanced around the horn on two Roughrider’s errors.
Center will host the Tatum Eagles on Friday, April 13, 2018, at 7 p.m.