The El Campo Ricebirds scored early and got late offense as they breezed past the Wharton Tigers in seven innings on the road Monday night.
With the win, the Ricebirds moved to 7-3 in District and moved to 18-7 overall.
“It’s always nice to bounce back after a loss in District especially,” junior Clay Jung said. “It’s really important to win as many as you can. Everybody did their part and did what we needed to do (against Wharton).”
El Campo had runners on base in the first inning, but it wasn’t until the following inning that they broke through on the scoreboard.
Small ball helped the Ricebirds take the lead. Sophomore Tyler Baklik was hit by a pitch after a stolen base, he was on second with no outs. Senior Bronson Harfst singled to drive him in.
In the top of the third, a double by junior Wayne Svatek and back-to-back walks loaded the bases. An error brought home one Ricebird and two batters later another error made the score 3-0.
Wharton loaded the bases in the bottom of the third with one out. Facing the middle of the Tiger order, senior Sabastian Wilson got a flyout and a groundout to end the threat.
The Ricebirds bats stayed quiet over the next three innings. Wharton got on the scoreboard and cut the lead to two in the bottom of the fifth. With one out a runner on base, Wharton hit a single to center putting Tigers on the corners. A wild pitch brought home the runner from third base to cut the Ricebird lead to two.
In the top of the seventh, the offense got going and the first three Ricebirds reached base. With a run in and two Ricebirds on, a Wilson single brought home the team’s fifth run. Another single by junior Seth Estrada made the game 6-1. Back-to-back singles drove home two more Ricebirds to swell the lead to seven.
Wharton answered back in the bottom of the seventh and scored two runs, but the lead was too much to overcome.
Wilson and sophomore Seth Hallinger combined to strikeout 13 Tigers.
Jung and Svatek both had two hits.
The Ricebirds did not play Friday.
Tuesday El Campo will go on the road to take on Fulshear the District leaders.
“I think we can handle (Fulshear) this time,” Jung said. “We only lost by one run last time around and I think we can take care of business this time.”