Photos by Amanda Hall
The Lavaca Golden Arrow baseball team started off the 2A-4 baseball district tournament by knocking off the Hackett Hornets in a rain drenched game at Hackett last night. Hackett struck first scoring one run in both of the first two innings. But in the third Colby Clunn started things with a lead off double to right center, Jayger Wagner drew a walk, setting the table for Jimmy Hall, who doubled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring both base runners, Kaw-Liga Brewer, Trey Castor, and Tyler Armistead drew a walks before Dylan Ellison singled on a 0-1 count. In all, the Arrows put up 4 runs in the inning, and never looked back. The Arrows knocked in another five runs in the fourth inning to secure a 9-2 victory. The fifth inning onslaught was led by Tyler Hobbs, Jimmy Hall, Trevon Moore, Dylan Ellison, and Colby Clunn, each crossing the plate in the inning.
Trey Castor led the Lavaca Golden Arrows to victory on the mound. He went five innings, allowing two runs on two hits and striking out three. Avery Hester took the loss for Hackett. He lasted three innings, allowing three hits and five runs while striking out eight. Hall, Castor, Ellison, and Clunn all had one hit to lead Lavaca.
With the win, Lavaca advances to the semifinals of the 2A-4 district tournament. They are all set to play the Danville Little Johns. Today’s game has been postponed due to rain and will be made up tomorrow April 26 at 6pm. This game promises to be a battle of pitching. For Lavaca, Jimmy Hall will take the mound and Danville is expected to throw Dalton Reagan. These are amongst the best pitchers in the district. Hall boasts a .851 ERA and strikes out nearly 45% of batters faced. While Reagan’s stats are not posted with MaxPreps he is by far the best pitcher Lavaca has faced this year. He had 9 strikeout in both of the previous meeting against the Arrows.
The other things to look for in tomorrow’s game is the offense. Lavaca seem to have a momentum edge. Lavaca is coming off a 3 game winning streak in which they have out scored opponents 45-7. Danville is coming into the game fresh off of a 5-3 loss to Hector. The Arrows are really seeing the ball well right now and seem to be gelling at the right time. This should be a great ball game.