The Tigers hosted their annual Tiger Invitational over the weekend, but the three-day event was cut short when three schools withdrew from Saturday’s games. The Tigers finished up play Friday night dropping a decision to the Hutto JV and beating Florence in the nightcap.
In the win over the Buffaloes, the Tigers got a pair of hits from Broedie Salas, including his second home run of the season.
The Tigers scored five runs in the first to take command. Cayden Watson walked to lead things off and moved to third on Caden Leschber’s single. A Florence error allowed Watson to score and Leschber came across on Luke Williams’ double to left.
A Salas single and a walk issued to Garrett Crabb loaded the bases with Tigers and a passed ball allowed Williams to come home. Salas would score when the Florence shortstop mishandled Braeden West’s grounder and Jake Vizena’s single scored Crabb to give the Tigers a 5-0 lead after one.
Florence got on the board in the second, scoring a runoff a single and a Thrall error and trimmed the lead to 5-2 when the Buffaloes scored again, this time on a wild pitch.
Thrall scored their final three in the bottom of the fifth. Salas led off with a solo shot over the left-field fence to open the inning. Another walk of Crabb and a West single put runners at the corners with no outs. A throwing error by the Buffaloes allowed Crabb to come home and moved West to third and Vizena’s fielder’s choice brought home West to put the Tigers up 8-2.
The Buffaloes scored their final run in the sixth taking advantage of a pair of walks and an error to push one run across and making the final 8-3.
Thrall outhit Florence with Salas leading the way. Bryce Poling (3-0) picked up the win scattering two hits over three innings of work and allowing one run.
Against Hutto, the Tigers managed just four hits in the 10-0 loss. West had two of those hits, but only once did a Tiger runner reach third. Hutto meanwhile made the most of seven hits and 11 walks. The Hippos blew the game open with a 6-run third inning.
Noah Hammack took the loss for the Tigers surrendering four runs on two hits. West recorded two hits while Watson and Leschber each had one hit.
At the moment the remainder of the season is up in the air due to the ongoing pandemic. The UIL has suspended all sanctioned events, including practices and workouts through March 29. At that time the UIL will re-evaluate the situation and decide of when or if practice and play can resume.