Sometimes one inning is all it takes to overwhelm an opponent.
Robert E. Lee and Dallas Bryan Adams were scoreless entering the bottom of the second inning.
Nearly an hour, 14 batters and a whopping 59 pitches later, Lee led 8-0 en route to a 12-2 win in five innings Tuesday at Mike Carter Field.
The win evened Lee’s record at 6-6 while Bryan Adams dropped to 5-4.
“This leads us into the tournament (this week) with a little momentum,” said Lee coach Mike Pirtle. “We got some timely hits, ran the bases well and another great outing by our pitchers.
“It was just a big inning and we kind of held on to the game until the end.”
Bryan Adams pitcher Nicholas Martinez needed 13 pitches to set down Lee in the first inning.
He got ahead of REL’s first three batters in the second, but two of those batters, Blake Hamblett and Blake Korthauer were able to coax walks.
That began a string of walks, stolen bases and wild pitches. REL took a 2-0 lead when an errant throw by Bryan Adams’ catcher on a steal attempt enabled two runs to score. With the bases loaded because of three walks, Trace Reed provided Lee’s first hit, a bloop single, to score Ross Himes.
Martinez got Lee’s next hitter on a fielder’s choice, but a passed ball plated Douglas Kinsey. The bases still loaded, Hamblett delivered a single to right field to score two and make it 6-0. Matt Solomon added another RBI single with Hamblett eventually scoring on a bases-loaded walk from Ross Himes.
When the dust settled Lee had batted around to score eight runs on three hits, eight walks and four stolen bases.
“When I was on third I looked up and saw we had (done all of this) on three hits,” said Hamblett, who reached base in all four plate appearances with two singles, three RBIs and three stolen bases.
“I don’t even know what happened, but it felt pretty cool to do it.”
Lee pitcher Zach Flanagan tossed four scoreless innings to get the win, allowing one hit with three walks and four strikeouts.
Kinsey doubled and scored in the third with REL scoring three runs in the fifth on an RBI single from Hamblett, a wild pitch and a second bases-loaded walk from Himes.
“We’ve still got to keep learning,” Pirtle said. “It’s nice to win, but we’ve got to learn from what we did (in those six losses).
“But I think we’ve got a little momentum now.”
RAIDER RAP: Lee will compete this week in the Richardson ISD Yellow Rose Classic. The Red Raiders open pool play Thursday against Sapulpa, Okla. at 10 a.m. at Episcopal School of Dallas (ESD). Lee is also scheduled to face North Dallas at 1 p.m. at ESD. The other member of the pool is ESD, which REL will face at 7 p.m. Friday.
Robert E. Lee 12, Bryan Adams 2, (5 innings)
B. Adams 00002— 24 3
Lee 08103—127 1
Nicholas Martinez, Aubrey Lohrengel (2), Carlos Castillo (5) and Ian Compton; Zach Flanagan, Travis Yanker (5), Blake Korthauer (5) and Travis Miller. W – Flanagan. L – Martinez. 2B – LEE: Douglas Kinsey. SB – LEE: Blake Hamblett (3), Blake Korthauer, Ross Himes.
RECORDS — Bryan Adams 5-4; Robert E. Lee 6-6.
NEXT UP — Lee in Richardson ISD Yellow Rose Classic, 10 a.m. Thursday vs. Sapulpa, Okla. at Episcopal School of Dallas.