By Tony Adams, Sports Editor
Tanner Frick had a no-hitter through four-and-a-third innings and had eight strikeouts, while Coby Potvin went 3-for-3 with four stolen bases in the Tigers’ 7-2 win over the Killeen Kangaroos Saturday afternoon at Tiger Field.
The game was postponed on Friday due to rain and thunderstorms and moved to Saturday. The Tigers’ game with Stony Point was cancelled due to having their own district games rained out Friday night and having to play Saturday.
The Tigers jumped on the board in the bottom of the first inning. Potvin was hit by an 0-1 pitch from Roos’ starter Chris Barber and stole second base. Miguel Quinones broke out of recent slump in style with an RBI single bringing in Potvin to put the Tigers on top 1-0. Jacob Alexander singled and Chase Sortor was hit with a Barber pitch to load the bases. Barber walked Trent Stafford, scoring Quinones, to make the score 2-0.
Frick cruised through the first three innings, allowing just two walked and stranding two Roos on second base.
Belton added a run in the third inning, as Alexander continued his hot hitting with a single, was courtesy run for by Aaron Reed and promptly swiped second base. Sortor singled home Reed to increase the Tigers’ lead to 3-0.
After committing a rare error in the field in the top of the fourth inning, Frick slammed the door, striking out Rene Ramirez and Jaquill Johnson.
The Tigers put two more runs up in the bottom of the fourth inning. Potvin walked, stole second base and then third. Collin Mask walked and Hobey Hiland hit a shot high off of the left-centerfield wall to score Potvin and Mask to make the score 5-0.
Kevin Vargus-Cruz, who made several solid plays at second base, singled off Frick with one out in the top of the fifth inning to end Frick’s no-hit bid. The Tigers responded with a Quinones-to-Kason Crowell-to-Chase Sortor double play to end the Killeen threat.
Potvin’s RBI single scored Shane Stafford in the bottom of the fifth inning to give the Tigers a 6-0 lead.
Killeen pieced together a pair of runs in the top of the sixth inning. Marcus Clater reached base on an error and went to second on a pickoff attempt gone awry. Adrian Spence reached base on an error. Wes Brooks walked to load the bases and Barber’s fielder’s choice scored the first Roos’ run. Johnson’s grounder back to the pitcher scored Spencer to make the score 6-2. Frick got a good defensive play by Crowell at second to end the rally.
Belton got one of the runs back in the bottom of the sixth inning. With two outs, Reed walked and stole his second base of the ballgame. Dustin Tish hit a liner into the right-centerfield alley scoring Reed for an RBI double to give Belton a 7-2 lead.
Ethan Williams came on in relief, surrendered one hit and struck out Spencer looking to end the ballgame and moved the Tigers to 9-0 on the District 12-6A tables, upped their winning streak to 11 ballgames and moved the Tigers to 13-7 on the year.
Belton 3 Duncanville 1
Trent Stafford scattered six hits and struck out seven Panthers, while RBIs from Dustin Tish, Miguel Quinones and Chase Sortor helped the Belton Tigers run their winning streak to 12 games Tuesday night as they defeated Duncanville 3-1 in non-district play.
The Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third, as Tish and Quinones each reached on errors.
Sortor RBI came on a single in the top of the fourth inning, scoring Hobey Hiland.
Belton will travel to Killeen Ellison to take on the Eagles to resume District 12-6A action Friday night at 7 p.m. The game will be carried on KTEM-AM 1400, KTEMNews.com and the radioPup App starting at 6:50 p.m.
McLane Champion Children/Home Run for Health Night
The 2015 McLane Champion Children/Home Run for Health Night with the Belton Tigers will be held this Tuesday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m. when the Tigers host the Midway Panthers at Tiger Field.
Donations of coloring books, crayons, wrapped toys and cash donations will be accepted at this excellent night. No stuffed animals will be accepted.
The Tigers toured the McLane Childrens Hospital and Scott & White Pediatric Intensive Care Unit on April 15. More information and photos from the tour will be in next week’s Belton Journal.
Come join the Tigers for a night of fun for a great cause! McLane Champion Children, Home Run for Health Night and the Belton Tigers: The ultimate triple play!