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Antlers win back-to-back games to advance in playoffs

Billy Nabours | Posted: Sunday, May 5, 2019 9:54 am

GEORGETOWN -- Any dreams of springing a bi-district baseball playoff upset on the Antlers became a nightmare for Austin LBJ when Tivy stung the Jaguars in back-to-back wins on Saturday to advance to Class 5A Region IV Area Round of playoffs.

Two games were needed after the Jags took the opening game of the best of three on Thursday at Antler Field. Saturday's affair was supposed to be played in Austin, but was moved to Georgetown due to flooding in the Capital City, but it could have been played in a parking lot based on the way the Antlers drove over LBJ.

In the 12-1 clincher that gave the series to Tivy 2-1, the Antlers blew up Jaguar pitching for 13 hits, while Coleson Abel and Colton Drake combined to scatter six hits, strike out 11, and walk only four.

Most of that pitching damage was done by Abel, who started and went five innings before Drake came on for one inning of relief work. Abel allowed one earned run, struck out 10, walked four, and spread the six hits around to where they did little, if any, damage.

When they weren't throwing darts at LBJ, Abel, and Drake were part of a bating barrage that registered 13 hits from seven different Antlers.

Abel, and Stoney Rhodes each dumped three hits into the scorebook, while Travis White, and Drake blasted two each. Brady Delgado, Braden Jaeger, and Cole Mixon managed one hit a piece. Rhodes included a triple in his efforts, Abel had a pair of two-baggers, and White, and Drake each posted one double among their hits.

All of Tivy's runs were of the earned variety, with Delgado having three RBIs, Drake, and Abel going for two each, and one each from Cole Miears, Cooper Duennenberg, White, Mixon, and Walker Grimes.

Rhodes had a big game crossing the plate by scoring three times; White, Abel, and Mixon twice; and Drake, Delgado, and Miears once each. Tivy's big inning was the fifth when the Antlers scored seven runs.

"The guys just decided they weren't going to lose. Different guys stepped up. It was fun. I am proud of them," said Tivy head coach Chris Russ.

First game

The first game of Saturday's do-or-die doubleheader was a preview of what was to come in the second game, as Tivy also threw down 13 hits in the opener, and got a stellar pitching performance from Miears.

Miears went seven innings, allowing three hits, striking out seven, and walking only one. He contributed with his bat as well by getting two hits, and scoring a run.

Abel was the big stick with four hits, followed by Drake with three, and joining Miears in the two-hit club was Duennenberg. Jaeger and Grimes chipped in one a piece.

Duennenberg, White, and Drake added scores to Miears' run, and RBI Antlers were Delgado, Jaeger, Abel, and Rhodes all with one each.

With the win, Tivy (25-10) moves on to the area round for a matchup against old district rival Alamo Heights at Jourdanton High School. Game 1 will be played on Friday at 7 p.m.