Jacksonville Daily Progress
For the first six innings of Tuesday's District 16-4A encounter between Jacksonville and Nacogdoches, it was anybody's game for the taking.
That changed, however, in the final frame when the Dragons scored six runs to break a close game wide open.
Nacogdoches ended up earning a 10-2 win over the host Tribesmen on a windy night at Summers Norman Field.
The win put the Dragons (3-3 in 16-4A) in good shape for a playoff spot as Nacogdoches is now in forth place in the league standings, while the Indians fell to 1-5 in conference play.
Nacogdoches took a 4-1 lead into the seventh, but a combination of five Dragon hits and five Indian errors resulted in the visitors plating more than enough runs to secure the win.
The difference in the game tuned out to be execution as Nacogdoches hit .666 (12-for-18) with runners in scoring position.
Conversely, the Tribe hit 3-for-10 (.300) with runners in scoring position.
Jacksonville plated its first run in the third inning when a fielder's choice to third base off the bat of Chris Holcomb drove in Brett Eckles from second base.
Eckles got aboard via a one-out walk.
In the final segment the Indians also plated a run.
That's when when Eckles led off with single up the middle.
After Holcomb flied out to right, Mason Smith stroked a base hit into left to put a pair of Indians on.
Cash Cleaver followed and reached base when the Dragon second baseman had trouble fielding a grounder.
Eckles raced home from second on the gaffe, giving the Tribe its second run of the evening.
Smith led the Indians at the plate by going 2-for-4.
Holcomb accounted for the remaining Tribe safety, a single to center.
Eckles got the start and worked five innings, allowing 10 hits and four runs (three earned).
He struck out two and didn't walk a batter.
Ruston Diers and Jeff Pryor handled the relief duties behind Eckles.
Hunter McClellan spurred the Dragons on with a 3-for-5 game. Those hits included a pair of doubles, and RBI and a run scored.
Nacogdoches' Nate Harshbarger and Reed Watson combined to allow the Indians just five hits (all singles).
Harshbarger earned the win by pitching the first three frames, while Watson picked up the save in relief.
The Tribe will travel to Whitehouse on Friday. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m.
Nacogdoches 10, Jacksonville 2
Nacogdoches 0 1 2 0 10 6 — 10-15-3
Jacksonville 0 0 1 0 00 1 — 2-5-7
WP-Nate Harshburger. LP-Brett Eckles. Sv.-Reed Watson
LOB — N-10; J-11