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Garrison holds on to win 2A semifinal, Dogs become the third East Texas team to advance to championship round

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 11:05 AM CDT
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ROUND ROCK, Texas (KTRE) - The Garrison Bulldogs completed a perfect day for East Texas teams at the UIL state baseball tournament.

The Bulldogs held on to beat Bosqueville 7-6 to advance to the 2A championship.

Garrison found the scoreboard early with a big first inning. Tyler Spivey knocked in the game’s first run. Britt King added to the Garrison offense with a sacrafice fly. A double by Chalon Driver capped off the four-run frame for Garrison.

Bosqueville was able to get one run back in the bottom of the first. Garrsion was able to extends their lead 7-1 off of some key errors by Bosqueville in the third inning. Garrison then gave up their six-run lead in the bottom of the third with Bosqueville scoring 4 runs.

This game would be a one run game in the bottom of the seventh. Bosqueville put two runners on but could not find a way to get a run across to tie the game.

Garrison will advance to take on New Deal in the championship game Thursday at 12 p.m.

The Rusk Eagles became the second East Texas team to earn a spot in a baseball state championship with a Wednesday win.

The Eagles won over No.1 Sinton to earn a spot in the 4A Championship game Thursday night against Pleasant Grove in Austin at the University of Texas.

The Rusk Eagles put their mark in the scoring column first. In the first inning Wade Williams brought in two runs off of his RBI single.

Sinton answered right back with two runs of their own. The Pirates had a chance for a third off a passed ball at the plate but Lane Gilchrest was able to get the ball back to pitcher JD Thompson who applied a tag at the plate.

Rusk would keep the attack going in the second with the Eagles loading the bases against LSU verbal commit Wyatt Wiatrek. Sinton would make a change and bring in Braeden Brown. Brown tried to catch the runner at second sleeping but an error would allow Rusk to bring in their third run.

Neither team could get runs in the third. In the fourth, Sinton went for a fielder’s choice double play but Bryce Lenard was safe at first and that allowed for a run to come in to give Rusk a 4-2 lead.

In the seventh, Rusk padded their lead with RBI hits by Brett Rawlinson and Zach Blackmon.

Thomspon pitched 6 1/3 innings, striking out 6 batters and giving up three runs. Mason Cirkel came in for the final two outs to secure the 6-3 win.

In earlier action, the Kennard Tigers punched their ticket to the 1A state championship after beating Hubbard 3-1 in the UIL 1A State semifinal.

Kennard got on the board first when Keyton Lumbreraz would hit what appeared to be an inside the park home run but it was later scored as a triple with an error by Hubbard that allowed him to score.

Hubbard’s Sebastian Olvera would get an RBI single in the fourth to tie the game at 1.

In the sixth the Tigers put two runners in scoring position with just one out. Caleb Alfred would clear the bases with a 2-RBI single to grab the 3-1 lead.

Dylan Cole pitched 6 2/3 innings before Jaden Kulms came in for the final out of the game.

The 1A State Championship game is set for 9 a.m. on Thursday from Dell Diamond. Kennard will face Fayetteville who won the other semifinal.

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