Tigers win close one, blowout to advance in bracket
The Dallas Tigers-Leonard squad made it happen two ways Friday at the invite-only TCSB Division I Championships at the Council Bluffs Recreation Complex.
First up was a tense 3-2 victory against the Oklahoma Elite OKC, which led to a 10-0 run-rule win versus the Colorado Yard Dawgs that puts the Tigers into Saturday’s game against the top-seeded 3D Gold from Arizona. The winner will earn a spot in the best-of-3 championship round.
The Tigers got started quickly against the Yard Dawgs, with starting pitcher Noah Bentley striking out two in the top half of the first inning. He would draw a base on balls in the bottom half as the Tigers put five runs up.
The Yard Dawgs would not be able to find the sweet spot, as Bentley held them to just two hits in three innings pitched, accruing 6 strikeouts. Garrett Schroeder picked up two RBI while going 3-3 at the plate for the Tigers, who put the game away in the fourth inning with an RBI single from Bryson Bohannon.
The Yard Dawgs will get a rematch against the 3n2 Warriors on Saturday morning, after beating the No. 2-seeded Warriors in the first round of bracket play Friday.
Warriors ride big inning for comeback victory
In a wild back-and-forth matchup, the 3n2 Warriors (CO) prevailed out of the loser’s bracket, 9-6, over Oklahoma Elite.
The Warriors would take the lead in the top half of the first. After two walks and then a double by Dante Nori, 3n2 claimed a 2-0 lead. Oklahoma would strike back in the second, with back-to-back doubles sparking a four-run inning.
More of the same came in the third as Oklahoma chases Warriors starting pitcher Noah Scott, bringing in two more runs and extending the lead to 6-2. Julian Terrazas was given the nod to pitch and got the final out of the third.
The Warrior bats would awaken in the fourth inning as they collected seven runs on seven hits. Taking the lead, 9-6, the team leaned on Terrazas the rest of the way — he would be up to the challenge, giving up just one hit in 3 1/3 innings and striking out two.
“I was just trying to keep the ball outside while pitching, and not allowing them to hit it hard. I was able to produce a lot of ground balls,” Terrazas said.
The Warriors will get ready for a rematch against the Colorado Yard Dogs at 8am Saturday morning. The Oklahoma Elite will settle for a matchup to determine seventh place against Millard United Elite at noon.