2017-03-17 / Sports

Badgers take control in fifth inning, win district opener

BY JEFF LOWE
DISPATCH RECORD


Braden Terry slides home for the Badgers’ sixth run during a Tuesday night road game at Llano. Terry and Santos Vega both scored on this play, after Garrett Witcher bunted and Llano overthrew first base. 
JEFF LOWE | DISPATCH RECORD Braden Terry slides home for the Badgers’ sixth run during a Tuesday night road game at Llano. Terry and Santos Vega both scored on this play, after Garrett Witcher bunted and Llano overthrew first base. JEFF LOWE | DISPATCH RECORD The Badgers worked their way out of several jams to get past Llano 7-3 in the District 19-4A baseball opener on Tuesday.

Levi Geagley, the winning pitcher, pitched 5 2/3 innings and struck out five batters. The senior improved to 6-0 on the mound this year.

Garrett Witcher earned the save and threw one strikeout for the last out of the game.

Geagley also reached base three times and recorded a triple and a run batted in.

Harrison Gillespie had an RBI triple, Gage Berry notched an RBI single, and Mason Steele brought in two runs with a single.

Santos Vega reached base three times – with a hit, a walk and a hit-by-pitch.

Witcher scored two runs and laid down a bunt for a single in the fifth inning that led to two Badger runs.


Harrison Gillespie attempts a tough catch at third base in the bottom of the sixth inning at Llano. 
JEFF LOWE | DISPATCH RECORD Harrison Gillespie attempts a tough catch at third base in the bottom of the sixth inning at Llano. JEFF LOWE | DISPATCH RECORD With a 4-3 Lampasas lead in the top of the fifth, Vega was hit by a pitch, and Braden Terry earned a walk. Witcher then laid down a nice bunt toward third base. Llano committed an error on the throw to first, Vega and Terry scored, and Witcher advanced to third base.

“I thought that was most definitely the turning point,” Lampasas coach Shane Doege said.

Witcher soon scored on a hard-hit Geagley single to the outfield, which stretched the Badgers’ lead to 7-3.

Llano put a man on base in the bottom of the fifth, but Gillespie made a great throw from shortstop to first, forcing the final out of the inning.

After Vega reached base for the third time in the game, the Yellow Jackets executed a double play to end the top of the sixth.

Witcher took the mound with two outs and runners on first and second base.

A throwing error to third base allowed the lead Jacket runner to advance to third.

Llano hit a deep ball to center field, but Steele snagged it for the third out, stranding two runners.

Braydon Allen and Geagley walked in the seventh inning, but Llano turned another double play for the second and third outs.

The Jackets put two men on base in the bottom of the seventh with one out.

Hunter Gholson fielded a grounder and forced an out with a throw to second base, and Witcher took the final batter down with a strikeout.

Doege said, as he told his team before the game, the key to winning district road games is “just relaxing and playing the game.”

Lampasas (1-0 in district, 11-4 overall) is off tonight and will host Leander Glenn at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

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