MESQUITE — For the second straight week, Robert E. Lee went on the road and got a critical district victory.
Lee topped Mesquite 5-1 on Friday to move to 5-5 in District 12-5A. The Red Raiders can now clinch a playoff spot with a win in its remaining in two games.
First up is Longview, with first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at Mike Carter Field.
A week after defeating North Mesquite 3-0, REL led 2-1 after five innings and tacked on three more insurance runs in the seventh to finish off Mesquite.
Garrett Hudson won his second straight road start, going six innings and allowing one run on four hits with four strikeouts. Clayton Hodges set down the three batters he faced in the seventh, two on strikeouts, to cap off the victory.
"This is the second road game in a row where we made the trip up here and won a game that we really needed to win," Lee coach David Howard said. "The focus is something that is impressive."
All eight of REL's hits were singles, led by senior Ryan Rendon, who had two hits and three RBIs. Hudson also helped himself with two RBIs. Parker Bramlett had two hits, a stolen base and scored two runs.
Robert E. Lee 5, Mesquite 1
Lee 000 110 3 — 5 8 1
Mesquite 000 010 1 — 1 4 3
Garrett Hudson, Clayton Hodges (7) and Tyler Jones; Ferra and Rios. W – Hudson. L – Ferra. 2B – MES: Rios.
RECORDS — Robert E. Lee 12-11 (5-5) Mesquite (4-7).
NEXT UP — Longview at Lee, 7 p.m. Tuesday at Mike Carter Field; Mesquite at Rockwall, 7 p.m. Friday.
Lady Raiders miss chance to clinch postseason berth
MESQUITE — Robert E. Lee softball had an opportunity to clinch a playoff spot on Friday night.
The Lady Raiders still have that chance, but will have to wait until Tuesday.
Lee was stopped 13-3 by Mesquite Horn on Friday.
The loss dropped REL (4-8 in 12-5A) into a three-way tie for fourth place with Longview and Mesquite. All three teams split against each other, so the tiebreaker will be a two-game playoff.
Lee won the coin toss, so it will await the winner of Monday's Longview-Mesquite game on Tuesday for a winner-take-all game to be played at Lindale softball field with first pitch at 7 p.m.
Lee notched three runs off Mesquite Horn, the district champion, but couldn't pull off the upset. DeAsia Gilbert delivered a three-run double in the fifth for the Lady Raiders in the loss.