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Antlers' season ends in regional semi

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Posted: Sunday, May 26, 2019 12:07 am

CORPUS CHRISTI – A five-hour battle in the coastal heat saw Tivy record 23 hits over two games against Mission Sharyland Saturday, but the Antlers ultimately fell to the Rattlers, 7-3 and 4-3, in a season-ending Class 5A Region IV semifinal playoff doubleheader at Cabaniss Field.

The Antlers began play Saturday with a one-game lead in the best-of-three series after coming from behind to win 4-3 in Game 1 Friday night in Victoria, but couldn’t follow up with a series-clinching victory in finishing their 2019 season at 30-13.

“This is a tough pill to swallow,” Tivy coach Chris Russ said. “And it will be for quite a while, because we were right there with them for most of the game. We certainly put up a fight. But we left seven to eight men on base and just couldn’t come through with the clutch two-out hits we got last night. We had the chances, but just couldn’t get the job done.”

Sharyland jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning and added another run in top of the third, but Tivy answered with two runs in the bottom of the third to knot the score at 2-2 on a two-RBI single by Brady Delgado that plated Walker Grimes and Cole Miears.

Sharyland pulled ahead 3-2 with a run in the fifth inning, but the Antlers tied it up again in the sixth when Jack Patterson scored on a triple by Coleson Abel.

Neither team scored in the seventh inning, forcing the contest into extra innings, where a Rattler double in the top of the eighth, followed by an RBI single gave Sharyland a 4-3 lead.

Tivy came up just short in the bottom of the frame. The Antlers’ third out came with runners at second and third.

“There’s something about playing in Corpus,” Russ said. “We’re going to have to find a way to get over the hump and come out here and win.”

Abel led the Antlers at the plate, going 3-for-5 with one RBI. Cole Mixon finished with two hits and an RBI on two at-bats, Brady Delgado recorded two rips and two RBIs, and Miears, Grimes, Colten Drake and Stoney Rhodes all rapped solo hits.

“We lost a player to heat exhaustion, which hurt us a bit, but Braden Jaeger stepped in at catcher and did a really good job for us,” Russ said.

Drake and Miears split duties on the mound, with each throwing four innings. Drake tossed 62 pitches, allowing seven hits and striking out two. Miears threw 46 pitches, giving up three hits and retiring two batters on strikes.

In Saturday’s opener Tivy outhit the Rattlers 12-8, but still came up on the short end of a 7-3 score. Those hits were highlighted by a home run and double by Jaeger and an Abel double.

Jaeger and Drake each went 3-for-4 in the contest. Abel, Delgado, Mixon and Cooper Duennenberg also recorded hits.

Abel got the start on the mound, going three innings, giving up four hits and striking out two batters. Rhodes tossed for four innings, allowing four hits and sitting down one batter.

“He (Rhodes) did a good job of keeping us in the game so I could save Colten (Drake) and Cole (Miears) for the second game,” Russ said.

“We have a relatively young team with only four seniors,” Russ said “This loss is sad for a lot of reasons, but I’m most sad for our seniors. This group has really bonded and genuinely care about each other. I hope in the future I have more groups of boys like these.”

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