Prairie View 2, Glenbrook 1
Dylan Carroll made Prairie View's only hit of the game count. Carroll's two-run, two-out single in the bottom of the sixth sent the Spartans on their way to a 2-1 victory over Glenbrook on Tuesday night.
It was a crucial victory for the Spartans (12-5, 2-3), who revived their own playoff hopes while handing the Apaches their first district loss.
Pulling out all the stops, the Spartans wore the yellow jerseys worn by the 2003 state championship team. The jerseys were discovered by accident.
“We found them about a month ago,” Prairie View center fielder Brandon Jacobs said. “We dug them out of dusty corner in the equipment room about a month ago and decided to wear them Tuesday night.”
With one out in the bottom of the sixth and the top of the batting order coming up, Chyenne Mayo reached on an error and Cole Bryan walked. Jacobs bunted the runners over and Carroll delivered the decisive hit.
Scoring opportunities were scarce for the majority of the evening as Prairie View starter Matt Reed and Glenbrook's Spencer White engaged in a pitcher's duel.
Glenbrook went up 1-0 in the third when Cody Demoss drew a leadoff walk, moved into scoring position on Braden Dickson's base hit and scored on Dakota Shinall's one-out single.
It looked as if the lead might hold up as White allowed only two base runners through the first five frames, before running into trouble in the sixth.
Reed pitched around two-out singles by Shinall and Jacob Whitein the Glenbrook fifth, before getting an inning-ending groundout to Layne Gray at third base.
After Cole Mathews and Clay Simonton drew consecutive walks to start the Glenbrook sixth, Carroll was summoned to the mound from shortstop.
Spencer White's sacrifice bunt put runners at second and third with only one out, but Carroll whiffed the next two batters to keep the Spartans within a run.
Protecting the lead, Carroll worked a 1-2-3 seventh, culminating with a game-ending groundout to second baseman Bryan.
Carroll retired all six batters he faced to gain the win in relief of Reed, who struck out four and walked four in five-plus innings of four-hit pitching. Both Prairie View pitchers were backed by an error-free defense.
Shinall went 2-for-4 to lead the Apaches at the plate.
White was charged with the tough-luck loss, striking out five and walking one, while pitching around three errors.
Weather permitting, the two teams close out the series with a double header in Minden on Friday, starting at 4 p.m.