The El Campo Ricebirds fell to the Sealy Tigers 7-1 at home Friday night. The loss drops the Ricebirds to 17-7 on the season and 6-3 in District play and gives the Tigers the tie-breaker if the two finish District with the same record.
The Ricebirds’ bats were quiet against Sealy only picking up three hits and a late score at home in the off and on drizzling rain Friday night.
Through the first two innings, junior Wayne Svatek allowed just a single and a walk. The Ricebirds offense also had a hard time getting going, with only a walk from their first six batters.
Sealy took the lead in the top of the third inning. With two outs, the Tigers loaded the bases, Sealy got a single from their five-hole hitter driving in two. The Tigers tacked on two more runs in the following inning, jumping out to a 4-0 lead.
Looking for base runners, El Campo senior Lynn Osina led off the inning with a double. After a ground out, junior Tyler Stephenson singled to put runners on the corners. A wild pitch moved Stephenson up a base, but it wasn’t able to score Osina, keeping him at third. Sealy kept the pair on base getting a short pop and strikeout to end the frame.
In the top of the fifth, El Campo again picked up two quick outs, but they couldn’t finish off Sealy. A walk and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases. Another walk forced a run home and Sealy’s two-hole hitter singled bringing in two more to put them up 7-0.
El Campo broke through in the bottom of the sixth. With one out, junior Clay Jung triple to right. Stephenson followed with a sac-fly to bring in the Ricebirds only run of the game.
The Ricebirds Friday night used four different pitchers to strikeout 12 Tigers, but the seven hits and six walks spelled doom for El Campo with only a handful of base runners of their own.
El Campo has two more District games left. The Ricebirds will be off this Friday, but will return Tuesday with a road game against Fulshear.