TOMBALL – Over the first two rounds of the playoffs, the Thrall Tigers averaged an impressive 11 runs per game.
In the third, however, their bats suddenly went quiet.
The Tigers failed to put a single run on the board and mustered only seven hits Thursday as they were swept by Evadale in a Class 2A, Region IV quarterfinal series at Premier Baseball of Texas Sports Complex.
Evadale, which entered the postseason ranked No. 22 by Texas High School Baseball, rode the dominant pitching of Parker Moye to a 10-0 victory in Game 1.
Moye, a Panola College signee, scattered three hits over five shutout innings and struck out 11 batters.
He also got plenty of run support from the Evadale offense. The Rebels (22-9) took advantage of five Thrall errors in the first two innings to build a commanding a 10-0 lead.
The closest Thrall (20-12) came to scoring was in the top of the fifth inning.
Needing a run to extend the game, the Tigers loaded the bases with only one out. Jake Vizena hit a leadoff single, Justin Hammack drew a walk, and two batters later, Wyatt Ingalsbe earned another base on balls for the Tigers.
Cayden Watson worked Moye to a full count in the next at-bat, but ultimately popped up to shortstop for the second out of the inning.
Six pitches later, Moye struck out Jeremy Cain swinging to end the game on run-rule.
Thrall didn't fare much better in Game 2, picking up just four hits against Klay Sylvester in a 12-0 defeat.
Two of those hits came in the bottom of the fifth, as the Tigers tried to claw their way out of a 6-0 deficit.
Hammack and Ingalsbe each singled to put runners on first and second with two outs. The runners made it as far as second and third, but were left stranded as Sylvester fanned Watson for the third and final out.
In the top of the sixth, Evadale tacked on six more runs to seal the win and end Thrall's hopes of reaching the regional semifinals for the first time 1998.