The El Campo Ricebirds fell to the District-leading Fulshear Chargers 13-0 on the road Tuesday night. The Ricebirds had a chance at the second seed in District play, but they needed all the stars to align to pull it off. Sealy needed to lose to Needville and the Ricebirds needed to pull off the upset over the Chargers, who were undefeated in District.
Neither happened Tuesday night and the Ricebirds are locked into the three seed as they head into the playoffs.
Against the Chargers, the Ricebirds had no answer Tuesday night. Fulshear’s starter shut down the Ricebirds’ bats and El Campo was sent home early after five innings.
In the bottom of the first, the Chargers led off the inning loading the bases with no outs after two hit-by-pitches and a walk. A second walk in the inning brought home the Chargers first run.
The Ricebirds got a chopper back to first base and they traded a run for an out. A walk loaded the bases once more. The Birds’ got another grounder, but a misplay caused everyone to be safe and bring home a third Charger. The Ricebirds induced a chopper back to the mound and the throw home forced the second out of the inning. With two outs, the Chargers hit a line drive to third base, but the ball was dropped, allowing two runs to score giving them a 5-0 lead.
Junior Wayne Svatek in the bottom of the second, with two outs, reached base on an infield single. Svatek was the only Ricebird to reach base Tuesday night with a hit. Both times he reached second base, but that would be as far as any Ricebird would get against the Chargers.
The Ricebirds Friday night at home played the Stafford Spartans in the final District game of the year. Regardless of the outcome, the Ricebirds remain the third seed in District 25. With Stafford and Needville tied for the fourth and final playoff spot in District, the Ricebirds likely got a good test.
The Ricebirds will play a final game today. The Ricebirds will travel to Brazosport to take on the Exporters, a playoff team and a former District opponent.
In the playoffs, the Ricebirds will play the second place in District 26, likely Bellville or Caldwell.