Lobos open 11-6A with 6-3 victory
March 14, 2017 at 11:19 p.m.
There were a lot of things going on Tuesday night at Lobo Field.
It was the baseball district opener in 11-6A, it was senior night and it was a chance to get to a 1-0 start at home.
The Lobos got everything going early.
Longview jumped ahead with a two-run first inning, sparking a 6-3 win over Mesquite Horn.
The series now shifts to Tillery Field on Friday in Mesquite as the Lobos (7-7) visit the Jaguars, who fall to 11-6-1 on the season.
"I told them Saturday that we've got the biggest game of the season coming up (today)," Longview head coach Wesley Dorsett said. "This team, Horn, credit to them, they're a good team and they'll compete for a spot in this district.
"I told them, you win this game, you put yourself in a good position."
Longview honored six seniors prior starting 11-6A play: Yunior Reyes, Trajan Bush, Cody Haggerty, Jordan Masterson, Lance Shelton and manager Trevor Diaz.
"This whole season is dedicated to them, that's why we did this tonight," Dorsett said. "To me, it's senior night every night. They all contribute, they all help us out. This is for them."
Haggerty jump started his senior district season with a big night, finishing 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI to pace an eight-hit Longview night. Reyes went 2-for-3 with a run scored and Bush finished with an RBI for the Lobos.
On the mound, Thomas Cox picked up the win, striking out five while scattering five hits, one walk and no earned runs. He worked out of a two-on spot in the fifth, runners at second in the third and fourth and escaped a no-out, bases-loaded jam in the fifth with a pair of strikeouts and a 1-2 fielder's choice putout.
After five innings of error-free ball, Horn plated three over the sixth and the seventh on two Lobo miscues.
"Thomas fell behind some but he competed very well and did exactly what we needed him to do," Dorsett said. "Josh (Pointer) did the same. He comes in, gets three-straight ground balls, two that we don't make plays on. That's what he's going to do, that's his role and that's exactly what we need him to do."
After a 1-2-3 inning from Cox and the Lobo defense, Jordan Lawson connected on a one-out single up the middle. After a walk from Jake Fidler, Lawson scored on an RBI groundout from Bush.
Haggerty then connected on a two-out, stand-up double to left center for a quick 2-0 Lobo lead.
"For once, we got ahead of somebody and it helped us later in the game," Dorsett said. "In a lot of the scrimmages and tournament games, we've fallen behind in the first in a lot of them.
"We're talking offense but to come out and put up a zero in the first then scoring two, that set the stage for us tonight."
In the third, Fidler drilled the left-center wall for a double and, with two outs, the junior and Haggerty completed the double steal from first and third for a 3-0 Lobo lead.
A'Darius Carter had a one-out single in the fourth, followed by a bunt single from Reyes and both scored on a wild pitch from the Jaguars for a 5-0 lead.
Horn's 8-9-1 hitters all reached to lead off the top of the fifth. Cox worked a nine-pitch strikeout and pulled the string on a second punchout before fielding a dribbler to the mound to end the threat.
Pinch-runner Blake Martin, running for catcher Nikolai Van Zyl after a single, rounded out the Lobo offense, scoring from first on a Horn error in the fifth.
Horn, led by a 3-for-4, two-RBI night form Shea Ellis, plated one run on one hit and two Lobo errors in the sixth. Ellis had a two-out, two RBI double in the seventh before Lawson fielded a deep popup to second to seal the Lobo win.