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Antlers shut out Indians, look to playoffs

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Posted: Friday, April 26, 2019 10:22 pm

Tivy put on a display of power batting, power pitching and power defense, overwhelming San Antonio Harlandale 13-0 to finish off the District 26-5A baseball schedule Friday night at Antler Field.

The Antlers exploded for six runs in the first inning, four in the second, and three in the third to capture the contest, which lasted five frames due to baseball's 10-runs-after-five-rule that is used in high school ranks.

Tivy leveled a pair of Indians pitchers for 14 hits, which included some of the extra base variety, while Brady Delgado limited the Indians to only three hits. Delgado had two innings that saw on three Harlandale batters each.

Meanwhile the Antlers would send its entire lineup to the plate in the first inning and eight Antlers had at-bats in the second. Harlandale did not go through its lineup until the top of the fourth inning.

"Harlandale beat us 4-3 at their place the first time we played, and there was a lot at stake in this game," said Tivy head coach Chris Russ. "It helps that the last three or four games we've been swinging the bats really well. This was an important game. If Harlandale had won they would have been the second seed. We needed to make a statement going into the playoffs."

Statement-making began in the first inning with a leadoff double by Cole Miears, followed by singles from Cooper Duennenberg and Delgado to score Miears, and five more runs came Tivy's way before any outs were notched by Harlandale.

Braden Jaeger singled in Duennenberg. Travis White hit a triple to bring in Walker Grimes and Jaeger. Colten Drake followed White's triple with one of his own that scored White. Coleson Abel's sacrifice fly to centerfield brought in Drake. 

Miears was Tivy's hit leader with three, White and Abel topped the RBI chart with three, and Miears, Duennenberg, Drake, and Caleb Portillo all scored twice.

Miears worked an 0-2 count into a walk to start Tivy's four-run second, scoring on a sacrifice by Jaeger, giving Tivy a 7-0 lead.

White doubled in Duennenberg, who had reached on an error for an 8-0 advantage. Drake managed a single to place baserunners at first and third before Abel doubled in Portillo and Drake to raise the score to 10-0. Portillo was on in the courtesy runner spot for White.

Harlandale made a pitching change in the bottom of the third, which only slowed -- but did not stop -- Tivy's barrage of base hits. The Antlers went scoreless even after loading the bases, but got three more runs in the fourth.

Portillo reached on an error, and scored when Stoney Rhodes brought him across for an 11-0 lead. Miears singled in Abel and Rhodes for the final two runs of the game.

Delgado allowed his final hit to Harlandale's third batter of the fifth inning, but forced the final out on a ground ball to second.

Delgado, who has had his share of masterful mound performances this year, only struckout two Indians, but forced five fly balls and eight ground outs.

"Brady is going to make the other team beat you. He's been so consistent this year, and isn't just about strikes," Russ said. "The other team might hit the ball, but it's hard to get a real solid bat on his pitches. And our defense is playing real well. I feel like we can make a long run in the playoffs."

Tivy now looks ahead to the playoffs and a meeting with Austin LBJ at a time, place, and date yet to be determined.

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