Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

March 19, 2013

Baseball: Indians come up short against Brownsboro

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — On St. Patrick's Day Weekend the Jacksonville baseball Indians were void of any Irish luck.

Brownsboro bats beat up on three Tribe mounds men for nine hits, with the Bears soundly stopping the Indians, 9-1, at Summers Norman Field Saturday afternoon.

The game was the Tribe's final non-district game — Jacksonville (6-11) visits Nacogdoches (9-5-1) at 7 p.m. tonight to open District 16-4A play. The Dragons are fresh off of a 4-3 upset over state-ranked Hallsville on Friday.

Two of Brownsboro's hits dropped just inside the foul lines, one to right field off of the bat of Chris Davis that went for a double that drove in three runs, and, the other to left, by Landon Mason that plated a couple Bears.

Mason led Brownsboro (12-3) at the plate with a 2-for-4 afternoon out of the eight hole.

The Bears did most of their damage in the four and fifth frames when they pushed three runs across in each inning.

Jacksonville's lone tally came in the bottom of the fourth when the Indians collected all of their hits — singles by Brayden Rawlinson, Mason Smith and Cash Cleaver — plus profited from Brett Eckles and Zeke Edwards drawing walks and Brownsboro committing two mistakes in the field.

The damage could have been worse as Jacksonville left the bases loaded to end the segment.

Eckles got the start for the Tribe and went 3.1 innings.

He allowed two runs, both unearned, on three hits. Eckles fanned two and didn't walk a batter.

Garrett Bonner and Ruston Diers were used in relief roles for the Indians.

Tyler Thomison went 5.1 innings to pick up the pitching win for the Bears.

Thomison gave up all three of the Indians' hits and struck out five while issuing one free pass.