Jacksonville Daily Progress
The Bullard Brook Hill Guard made a huge comeback to defeat Lubbock Christian, 10-8, in Wednesday's TAPPS 3A regional that was played at Weatherford College.
The win insured a fourth-straight trip to the TAPPS 3A state tournament for head coach Terry Pirtle's diamond nine.
Trailing 6-2 going into the sixth inning, the Guard bats came up with some huge clutch hits, and a great relief effort for sophomore pitcher, Daniel Priddy.
Priddy came on with the bases loaded and no outs, retiring Lubbock Christian without a run, made two stellar defensive plays to pull of the win.
“Daniel Priddy was huge for us today,” said Terry Pirtle, now is search for his third-straight TAPPS baseball crown. “He had some great stuff on the mound, he had the best control on spotting his pitches and he was a big difference for us tonight.
“He came in with the bases loaded and nobody out in the bottom of the fifth inning, and that really picked up the rest of the team, “We kinda rallied around that and started to hit the ball, and it was a great comeback, and shows what kind of heart and pride this group of guys takes with them.”
Mike Greening hit a two-run double while Collin Mondrik and Quintin Pile each had two-run singles in Brook Hill’s big sixth. Clayton Engel drove in one with a single as the Guard erased an 8-3 deficit.
Eagles starter Ricky Contreras struck out 11 in the first five innings before running into trouble in the sixth. He allowed six runs (five earned) on seven hits and five walks. His relievers combined to allow four runs on five hits while recording two outs.
Quintin Pile allowed seven runs on nine hits and four walks, but five runs were unearned for the Guard (21-5).
Daniel Priddy came on with the bases loaded and no outs in the fifth and Brook Hill escaped the jam without allowing a run thanks to a pair of stellar defensive plays.
Daniel Priddy equaled Pile’s four strikeouts, working three innings for the win.
Drew Robertson had three hits to pace the Brook Hill bats. Engel, Mondrik and Gonzales each had multi-hit games. Kendall Kerns had an RBI triple and scored three runs.
James Hardberger, Madison Davis and Tate Ellison each had two singles for Lubbock Christian (19-11), which did not record an extra-base hit.
Brook Hill will face Red Oak Ovilla Christian at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Waco ISD Field No. 1 in the opening round of the state tournament.