Photo by Mark Goodson
Start of big win
Branson Hodges comes home for a run early against the Coryell County Lawn & Tree 10U team. The Gatesville Messenger won the game, 22-0.
Walks lead to scores in district
Messenger Sports Editor Walks were plentiful in the opening round games of the Texas Teen-Age Softball-Baseball Association district tournament in Gatesville. The 10U and 12U tournaments opened Monday and will wind up Saturday. Going into Wednesday’s action, The Gatesville Messenger put itself in position to win the 10U tournament with back-toback wins over Coryell County Lawn & Tree and the Harker Heights Lugnuts. Valet Cleaners defeated the Harker Heights Mudcats, 17-1, in the opening round to advance in the 10U bracket. Tucker Melton needed just 43 pitches to notch the run-rule victory for the Gatesville team. Melton allowed just two hits and struck out seven. Valet Cleaners had 17 hits with 10 batters collecting hits. Among the hitters were Pate Foster, Hunter Martin, Parker Diserens, Luke Forrest, George Carmona, Clancy Archie, Kaydon Butler, Lash Turner, Bowdi Griggs and Melton. The Gatesville Messenger opened with a 22-0 win over Coryell County Lawn & Tree. In the 22-0 win, Brady Gist went 3-for-3 with a triple and four runs scored. Grady Keeton as 3-for-3 with four runs scored and Levi Villagrana also was 3-for-3. The Gatesville Messenger had 13 hits and 15 walks in the game to hand Coryell County Lawn & Tree its opening loss. The Messenger scored 13 runs in the fourth inning. Gist allowed no hits and struck out eight. On Tuesday night, The Gatesville Messenger rolled to a 22-2 win over the Lugnuts. The game started with a ton of walks. It took 39 minutes to record the first three outs by Harker Heights. The Messenger sent 18 batters to the plate in the fi rst inning. Branson Hodges had a big triple in his fi rst at bat to get the scoring started with a pair of RBI. Gist had the fi rst out of the game in his second at bat in the first inning. His hard hit ball to left field scored two runs and pushed the score to 12-0.
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