The El Campo Ricebirds took down the Brookshire Royal Falcons 14-2, run-ruling them in five innings. The Ricebirds pounded out 11 hits and held the Falcons to four as they picked up their 17th win of the season and moved to 6-2 in District play.
The Ricebirds loaded the bases in the first inning, but it wasn’t until the bottom of the third when they broke through on the scoreboard. With a runner on first and one out, junior Clay Jung tripled to put the Ricebirds up 1-0. The bats followed Jung with three straight run-scoring extra base hits, closing out the inning up 4-0.
Royal came back in next half inning and cut the lead, scoring two runs on two singles and a hit by pitch.
El Campo answered the Royal offense with five runs in each of the next two innings to finish out the game.
With the bases loaded in the top of the fourth, Jung grounded into a fielders choice but drove in the Ricebirds fifth run. Junior Tyler Stephenson and senior Bronson Harfst drove in runs with back-to-back singles putting El Campo up by five. An error scored two more runs and the Ricebirds jumped out 9-2 over Royal.
The Falcons put pressure on the Ricebirds in the bottom of the fourth. Royal loaded the bases with two outs, Stephenson got a ground ball to end the inning.
In the top of the fifth, the first two Ricebirds reached base. Senior Lynn Osina doubled to left to score one. Jung came to the plate and hit his second triple of the game swelling the Ricebirds lead to 12-2. El Campo tacked on two more runs to end the inning with the score 14-2.
Stephenson walked the first Falcon to start the bottom of the fifth. But after a strikeout, he picked off the Falcon at first for the Ricebirds second out. A final strikeout, Stephenson’s second of the night closed out the win for the Ricebirds.
Jung finished the game with three hits (two triples) and a team-high four RBIs. Stephenson also had three hits (one triple) and two RBIs.
The Ricebirds will play Wharton on the road on Tuesday. Following the game with Wharton, the Ricebirds have two more District games remaining.