The small things cost John Tyler a winnable ballgame.
John Tyler afforded Nacogdoches seven walks and four errors to fall to the Dragons 7-1 in a District 14-4A baseball contest Tuesday at Mike Carter Field.
Three of the walked batters scored as Nacogdoches (4-7, 1-1 in 14-4A) prevailed despite being outhit by JT (4-8-1, 0-2).
JT’s pitching duo of Robert Garcia teamed up for a three-hitter. The eight free passes issued, counting a catcher’s interference, negated the otherwise stellar effort, as did JT’s own offensive woes — five hits total, none resulting in extra bases. JT drew only two walks and finished the game getting thrown out at third base.
“It’s errors and mental mistakes, little things,” JT head coach Justin Peirce said. “When another team scores seven runs, you should at least be in the ballgame. We’re just not hitting right now.”
Will Boozer went 1 for 3 with a pair of RBIs and two stolen bases to lead Nacogdoches. Boozer batted in the game’s first run on a sacrifice fly, scoring Taylor Seamon, who reached on a catcher’s interference and moved to third after a pair of passed balls.
Nacogdoches opened up a five-run advantage in the fifth.
Garcia exited the game midway through after consecutive walks loaded the bases. Boozer then greeted the new pitcher by sending a shot to third base to score a run. Dakota Phillips followed with a sacrifice fly and another run scored on a ground ball to make it 5-0.
Patrick Ledet, who held JT scoreless into the final frame, walked and scored in the sixth. Hunter McClellan doubled and scored in the same frame to stretch the Dragons’ cushion to seven.
Ledet lasted the distance, striking out six to register the win.
Jalen Reagins, a senior outfielder, went 2 for 3 and scored JT’s lone run.
Joshua Wilson ripped a single down the third base line to score Reagins end get the Lions on the board. Wilson was thrown out o the bases to end the contest.
Jawun Hart and Williams added hits for JT, which opened district with an 11-1 loss at Hallsville.
“I think we were just as good a team as they were,” Peirce said. “You just can’t make all those mistakes in the same game.”
Nacogdoches 7, John Tyler 1
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John Tyler 000 000 1 — 1 5 4
Patrick Ledet and Dakota Phillips; Robert Garcia, Chris Williams (5) and Jawun Hart. W – Ledet. L – Garcia. 2B – N: Hunter McClellan. SF – N: Will Boozer, Phillips. SB – N: Geoffrey Deckard.
RECORDS — Nacogdoches 4-7 (1-1); John Tyler 4-8-1 (0-2)
NEXT UP — John Tyler at Pine Tree, 6:30 p.m. Friday.