Dogs split with Comanche in baseball doubleheader

Brady’s baseball team split a doubleheader with Comanche here last Friday. The Indians won the first game, 9-4 while the Dogs took the nightcap, 12-6. District play opens here Tuesday (tonight) with Llano. Game time is 7 p.m. “We hit the ball as well as we have all season,” Brady coach Nathan Headrick said after the Comanche twin bill. The Bulldogs had seven hits in the opener and 11 hits in the second. Junior third baseman Zach Brown led the way, going five for seven at the plate including two homers in the second game. One of the dingers was a grand slam. He also had seven RBIs in the two games. Other top hitters were sophomore shortstop Michael Gutierrez, who was four for six, second baseman Luke Price, who went two for six and Zane Brandenberger, who was three for eight. “Defensively, our outfield was better than I’ve seen them in my two years in Brady,” Headrick said. “Senior rightfielder Damon Boyd made two diving catches and threw out a runner at third. Junior Blake Raybion, in left field, threw out one at home plate, and centerfielder Rhett Behrens tracked down a couple of long balls in his space,” the coach said. Canuto Ledezma started on the hill for the Dogs, but he got roughed up, allowing 15 hits and seven runs in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out one and walked three. Price finished up the first game. Then in the second contest Price took over and went the seven-inning distance. He shut down the Indians, giving up 11 hits and six runs while fanning four and walking one. “We played well defensively with Price on the mound,” Headrick said. The Bulldogs did not fare well at Llano’s Hill Country Tournament just before spring break, losing to Lampasas in the first round, 5-1, and Bastrop in the second, 5-4. The Dogs are 1-5 on the season.

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