Doggies stymie district leaders, win game, 4-3

Led by Luke Price’s pitching and hitting, the Brady Bulldogs baseball team knocked off the district-leading Ingram Warriors here last Saturday, 4-3, and at the same time picked up their first league win of the season. “Ingram came in here with a 3-0 record in district play, and we surprised them by finally playing up to our potential,” Brady coach Nathan Headrick said. After the Warriors grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning, the Dogs scored three times in the second frame, thanks to Ingram’s starting pitcher Byron Rawton, who walked four Brady batters and hit one in his 1 2/3 innings on the mound. Price doubled in two Bulldogs and Clifton Tally got the other RBI on a ground out. The Doggies added another run in the bottom of the third when Warrior relief pitcher Jason Henderson walked in Damon Boyd for Brady’s fourth run. In the meantime, Price was controlling the powerful Warrior bats. He went the entire seven innings, giving up only three runs on four hits while fanning six and walking two. He hit two batters. “Luke’s pitching style (big wind-up with back to the batter) and tricky curve ball seemed to baffle the Ingram hitters,” Headrick said. The Bulldogs threatened for more runs in the fifth. With two runners on base and one out, the next two Bulldog swingers struck out. Brady snuffed out Ingram’s late rally in the final inning, holding the Warriors to only two runs, thus sealing the win. * * * The Bulldogs made up a game at Liberty Hill last Thursday in a contest that had been postponed by rain on Tuesday. In the make-up game, Headrick said his team didn’t play well and lost, 10-4. Blake Raybion absorbed the loss as the Brady pitcher.

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