Tigers fall in Bryan 13-1
Tuesday, 08 May 2012 by Chuck Kelly
Belton's final home game Friday night was a shocker --- The Tigers were shooting to extend their win streak to six while playing for an opportunity to move into a tie with the visiting District 12-5A-leading Bryan Vikings with one game left in the regular season.
It just didn't happen. Bryan banged out 10 hits and Belton managed just two in a six-inning 13-1 victory by the Vikings. The Tigers (15-10, 9-4) drop into a third-place tie with Temple (16-13, 9-4) heading into Friday night's season-finale road game at second-place A&M Consolidated.
A disappointed coach Eddie Cornblum commented "We just didn't play well."
A quartet of Belton pitchers combined to give up four home runs to Vikings batters. Two were off Temple College-signee Blayten Magana (5-2), who was followed by Hunter Houston, Jarrett Pickens and Taylor Lahey.
Bryan scored one run in the first inning, three in the second, two in each of the fourth and fifth innings and polished the win off with an additional five scores in the top of the sixth. Three Tiger errors led to runs.
Belton scored its lone run in the fifth when Baylor-bound second baseman Max Hogan walked with the bases loaded to score Chase Cryer.
It was practice and more practice this week as the Tigers got ready for Friday's (tomorrow's) showdown with Consolidated and then the playoffs.