By Tony Adams, Sports Editor
The Belton Tigers’ junior varsity red squad over came an early 3-1 deficit with a seven-run fourth inning, four-run fifth inning and three-run sixth inning for a 15-5 win over Killeen at Tiger Field Monday night.
Trey Wallace picked up the win on the mound, allowing one earned run over five and a thirds of an inning, scattering five hits, struck out four Roos and walked one. Eric Hoffman pitched two-thirds of an inning in relief of Wallace.
The Roos scratched out three unearned runs over the first two innings to take a 3-0 lead. But a great defensive play on an extra-base hit resulted in a relay throw from Xavier Haines to Breck Potvin to John Taggart at home plate cut down a Killeen runner trying score and changed the complexion of the game for the Tigers.
In the bottom of the second, Andrew Kendall walked, Taggart doubled and Justin Luedecking walked to load the bases. Joseph Bledsoe’s sacrifice fly scored Kendall to put the Tigers on the board in the bottom of the second, 3-1.
The Tigers’ bats woke up in a big way in the fourth inning. Trey Bell’s two-run double highlighted the seven-run inning. Bledsoe, Kendall, Xavier Haines and Remington Lutz all had single runs batted in during the inning to make the score 8-3 after four innings.
Wallace struck out four batters in the middle innings to set up another pair of offensive rallies with the JV Red’s second team, sandwiched around two Roo runs in the sixth inning. Connor Mees, Jeremy Jones and Dawson Lowry had runs batted in during the fifth inning. Tyler Rhea had an RBI in the bottom of the sixth and Jones hit a walkoff double to plate the mercy-rule run.
In JV White action, Belton shut out the Killeen Kangaroos 4-0 at Killeen High School Monday night.