The Thrall Tigers sent a clear message to the rest of Region IV Tuesday night when they thumped long-time rival Thorndale 15-0, spoiling senior night for the Bulldogs.
Thrall knocked out 16 hits, including five by Garrett Crabb, and Luke Williams allowed three hits over seven innings and struck 11 Thorndale batters, and the Tigers regained sole possession of first place in District 27-2A.
Thrall put three runs on the board in top of the first. Crabb reached on a single to second and moved to second when Noah Hammack got aboard via a Bulldog error. A double steal advanced both runners and Crabb scored for the first run of the game.
Cayden Watson reached on a dropped third strike and Broedie Salas’ line-drive single to center made the score 2-0 with two outs. Tyler Lee added another run with his single and the Tigers led 3-0 after one.
The Tigers upped their advantage to 4-0 in the second. Dallas Meiske walked. Crabb followed with a grounder to the shortstop, but Meiske was able score.
The score remained 4-0 until the sixth when the Tigers tallied five more runs. Hayden Stefek walked and Meiske was hit by a pitch. A Crabb single loaded the bases and Hammack’s single gave the Tigers a 5-0 lead. Watson singled to load the bases again. Crabb scored on a wild pitch and Salas’ double gave Thrall a 9-0 advantage.
Thrall continued to rock the Thorndale in the seventh. Meiske was hit to open the seventh and back-to-back singles by Crabb and Hammack made the score 10-0. Another Thorndale error loaded the bases and Hammack came home on a passed ball. Salas’ sacrifice fly allowed pinch runner Brady Burlison to tag and score.
Lee and Jack Watson were walked and Stefek made the Bulldogs pay with a two-run single to give the Tigers a 14-0 lead. Meiske was hit for a second time forcing in Jack Watson.
The Tigers committed no errors and the defense allowed only one Bulldog runner to advance past second.
The Tigers and Bulldogs were scheduled to square off one more time on Friday in Thrall, weather permitting. A Tiger win would give them the outright district title. A loss would drop Thrall into a three-way tie for first with Thorndale and Holland and force a tiebreaker between the three teams.