MESQUITE — Zach Flanagan drove in two runs and won his fourth game of the season as Robert E. Lee edged past Mesquite Horn 6-3 Friday in a District 12-5A game at Tillery Field.
Flanagan allowed one unearned run on six hits with seven strikeouts in his six innings of work.
The Red Raiders (12-8, 4-3) broke open a close game with a five-run fifth inning before J.D. Cobb entered in the seventh to lock up his third save. Horn dropped to 2-5 in district.
It was Flanagan’s second district win over Horn. He blanked the Jaguars in a complete-game shutout in March.
“Zach had two huge at-bats and two huge hits for us to drive in runs,” Lee coach David Howard said. “Both came at critical times, so I was really proud to see him come through for this team.
“It was a long break and we were pretty sharp for most of the game, so I was really pleased with our focus.”
REL hadn’t played a game since Friday, but struck first in the bottom of the third on a lead-off double by Blake Hamblett and RBI single by Flanagan.
Lee added five more in the fourth, helped by a two-run throwing error on a fielder’s choice. Marty Antilley, Flanagan and Ben Romines also drove in runs in the inning.
The Red Raiders play their second game in as many days Saturday with a home matchup against North Mesquite (3-3 in 12-5A). First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Mike Carter Field.
Robert E. Lee 6, Mesquite Horn 3
Lee 001 500 0 — 6 9 3
Horn 000 120 0 — 3 7 3
Zach Flanagan, J.D. Cobb (7) and Tyler Jones; Jordan, Riskind (6) and McCoy. W — Flanagan (4-0). L — Jordan. SV — Cobb (3). 2B — LEE: Blake Hamblett, Jones.
RECORDS — Robert E. Lee 12-8 (4-3); Mesquite Horn 8-7 (2-5).
NEXT UP — North Mesquite at Lee, 2 p.m. Saturday at Mike Carter Field.
Lee JV 12, Mesquite Horn JV 2
Horn JV 002 000 — 2 2 2
Lee JV 312 33x — 12 13 1
Brandon Benat and Michael Ross; Henry Smith and Travis Melton; W — Smith. L — Benat. 2B — L: Andrew Hamilton, Jacob King. 3B — L: Smith
RECORDS — Lee 10-12 (3-4)
NEXT UP — Lee at North Mesquite, 1 p.m. Saturday.