In a matchup of Rose Capital Major League All-Star baseball teams, the West edged the East, 5-4, in elimination game on Randy Womble Field at Faulkner Park in Tyler.
The West (1-1) advances to play Lufkin (2-0) at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the District 10 double-elimination tournament. A West win will force a winner-take-all game at 7 p.m. Friday at a site to be determined. Lufkin defeated Tyler East 6-4 on June 15 in Lufkin and Tyler West 1-0 on June 18 in Tyler. The winner of District 10 advances to the sectional tournament.
The East ends its season after two tough losses in tournament.
Jacob Tatum was stellar on the mound for West, going 5.2 innings for the win. Parker Pierce came in to get the final out for the save. Tatum struck out one and induced 10 groundouts, including five to second baseman Cole Kimmel who had the assists to first baseman Calvi Courtney.
The West went on top 1-0 in the home half of the first as Joe Brennan was hit by a pitch and advanced to third on consecutive wild pitches. Brennan came home on Pierce’s groundout to the right side.
The East came back for two runs in the third and one in the fourth to take a 3-1 lead.
After an out in the top of the third, Ben Reed and Cason Wilcox had back-to-back singles followed by a walk to Kaden Wells to load the bases. On a 3-2 pitch, Jay Crain walked to force in Reed for a 1-1 tie. After an out, Wilcox came home on a Tye Davis grounder that was misplayed to put the East up 2-1. Davis had a double earlier in the game.
The East went up 3-1 in the fourth as Kaedon Freeman singled to open the inning. He moved to second on Cody Hurley’s sacrifice bunt. After an out, Freeman came home on Wilcox’s double.
The West, which had singles from Pierce and Courtney in the third, plated two runs in the fourth for a 3-3 tie. Miller East and Elijah Springer walked to begin the inning and moved up on a wild pitch after an out. Kimmel’s single drove in East and on the same play Springer scored after a miscue for a 3-3 tie.
The East’s Kael Ludolph singled in the fifth. Samuel Williams, who caught most of the game, pinch run but was left on base.
The West took the lead, 5-3, in the fifth as Parker Hall was hit by a pitch and made it to second on a Courtney’s fielder’s choice that was misplayed. Both moved up a base on a passed ball and came home on Eli Falls’ two-RBI single. Springer and Tatum later singled but centerfielder Wilcox’s relay to Wells to Williams tagged the runner out at the plate.
In the sixth, Freeman opened with a walk with Joshua Cowart pinch running. He later scored on a Reed’s groundout. After Wilcox walked, Pierce came in to get the final out.
Crain started the game for the East, going 1.2 innings before leaving due to the pitch count. He struck out two. Wells (1.1 innings, 1 strikeout), Reed (1 inning, 3 strikeouts) and Kedren Penney (1 inning, 1 strikeout) finished out the game.