Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

March 20, 2013

Baseball: Guard edge Elkhart in 8 innings; Engel gets winning hit

Progress staff reports
Jacksonville Daily Progress

BULLARD — If Bullard was looking for a difficult game, then the Guard got just that.

Brook Hill pushed across two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to edge state-ranked (UIL Class 2A) Elkhart's Elks, 8-7, at Herrington Field in Bullard on Saturday afternoon.

Clayton Engel drove in the key runs in the final frame for Brook Hill to send the Guard to victory in the team's last game before opening TAPPS 4-3A play play at home on March 26 versus Richardson Canyon Creek.

The game went back and forth all day, with Brook Hill out hitting the Elks 10-6.

Kendall Kerns spurred the Guard on by going 3-for-4. He drove in two runs and stroked a double.

Michael Greening doubled and scored twice.

Kendall Kerns, an Abilene Christian signee, also had a two-base knock for the winners.

Daniel Priddy, the Brook Hill starter, worked six innings and struck out nine Elkhart batters.

Engel came on in the seventh, with Greening handling the pitching duties for the Guard in the final inning.

Greening earned the win in relief, while Elkhart's Hunter Parker was saddled with the loss.