HEADED TO STATE!

Guard defeat FW All Saints, advance to TAPPS State Tourney

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Brook Hill Guard 3, Fort Worth All Saints Saints 2, FINAL

BH: 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 3

AS: 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 - 2

Marching their way back onto the field of play last week was the Brook Hill Guard varsity baseball team, as the team traveled to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex for a best-of-three TAPPS Regional playoff battle against the Fort Worth All Saints Saints, with the series beginning Tuesday, May 8, at West Mesquite High School’s Tillery Field.

Brook Hill’s sluggers were able to start the game off with strong success at the plate against All Saints, as the Guard marched around the base paths thanks to a three-run home run in the opening inning of play.

All Saints looked to battle its way back into contention in the Regional contest, swinging for one run of their own in the bottom of the second inning.

Throughout the middle innings of the contest, the pitching efforts by both the Guard and the Saints proved to be effective, as neither team reached home plate for four straight innings.

The Saints attempted to rise up and rally in the final inning of the Game 1 event against the Guard, scoring one additional run. However, the late run by All Saints mattered little, as Brook Hill held on to its early lead to defeat All Saints, 3-2.

The Guard held the advantage at the plate in the Game 1 Regional matchup against the Saints, as Brook Hill collected a total of four hits, while All Saints was limited to just three hits. Brook Hill was perfect in the field; meanwhile, All Saints committed a total of two fielding errors.

The bat of Miguel Vega led the Game 1 charge for the Guard against the Saints by producing a 1-3 performance at the plate, including a home run in the first inning of play, crediting him with a total of three runs batted in.

Other significant contributors for Brook Hill against All Saints included Josh Jenkins, going 2-3; and Seth Moss, going 2-4.

Matching is batting heroics, Vega was credited with the victory on the mound for the Guard against the Saints, allowing two hits, one run, and one earned run, with seven strikeouts and three walks, in 5.2 innings of work.

Jenkins saw action in the Game 1 bout as a relief pitcher for Brook Hill in a 1.1 inning appearance, allowing one hit, one run, and one earned run, while striking out one and walking one.

Brook Hill Guard 4, Fort Worth All Saints Saints 2, FINALS

AS: 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 2

BH: 0 0 3 0 1 0 X - 4

With the Game 1 victory to their credit, the Brook Hill Guard varsity baseball team continued in postseason play, participating in Game 2 of the Regional round against the Fort Worth All Saints Saints Wednesday, May 9, at West Mesquite’s Tillery Field.

The bats of the Guard and the Saints were ineffective against each team’s starting pitcher in the first two innings of the contest, as both teams were held back from crossing home plate.

Brook Hill’s bats finally broke free and swung hard in the bottom of the third inning, allowing three of the team’s players to score.

The score by the Guard was quickly answered by Fort Worth All Saints, as the team marched around the bases for two runs in the top of the fourth frame.

With the lead in hand, Brook Hill was able to add to their total thanks to one run scored in the bottom of the fifth inning, allowing the Guard to hold on and claim the Regional Championship by defeating the Saints in Game 2, 4-2.

Despite their victory in Game 2, the Guard’s hitting performance at the plate was trumped by the Saints, as Fort Worth All Saints collected a total of six hits in the contest, compared to the five hits amassed by Brook Hill. Both teams were charged with three fielding errors in the game.

Once again, Vega served in the leading role at the plate for Brook Hill in Game 2, turning in a 2-3 performance, including a double, with a total of three RBIs.

Other significant contributors for the Guard against the Saints included Campbell Fletcher, going 1-2 with one RBI; Carson Richards, going 1-2; Jenkins, going 1-2; and Moss, going 1-4.

With a record of 2-0 last week, the Brook Hill Guard varsity baseball team currently stands with an overall record of 16-7, 6-3 in district play, and has been recognized as Area and Regional Champions.

Next week: STATE SEMI-FINALS (one game) – Brook Hill Guard vs. Tyler All Saints Trojans – 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 15 at Crosby ISD Complex.

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