SALADO — Salado kept its hopes for a district title alive and got a small measure of revenge Friday night with an 8-1 victory over Cameron Yoe.
Senior pitcher Casey Frazier (7-1) bounced back after struggling in the first inning to earn the complete-game victory. He gave up two hits in the opening frame, including an RBI double by Michael Evan, then allowed just one more hit the rest of way. Frazier gave up one run on three hits, struck out six and walked two.
“I gave up that one run in the first inning and then settled down,” Frazier said. “(Yoe) put a lot of balls in play. I have to give a lot of credit to my defense for backing me up.”
Salado head coach Chad Krempin was happy with the performance from his senior ace.
“Casey pitched well,” he said. “He had a little bit of a gut-check there and he showed his toughness. He worked through some early struggles, settled down and got into a groove. Giving up one run ain’t too bad. (Yoe) has got some good hitters.”
The Eagles (18-7-1, 10-2 District 22-2A) jumped into a tie for second place in the league standings with the Yoemen, who beat Salado 3-1 earlier this season in Cameron.
“Our team really has improved in the second half of district play,” Krempin said. “It doesn’t matter if we finish first, second or third, anyone we play (in the playoffs) is going to be good.”
Salado hosts first-place Rogers on Tuesday night. If Salado can beat Rogers and win its regular-season finale at Florence next Saturday, and Yoe beats Rogers next Saturday, Salado would earn a share of the district title.
“We knew we needed to get this win if we wanted a chance at the district title,” Frazier said. “Now we have a good shot at tying for first.”
Salado took the lead in the second inning on a two-run single by Barrett Snyder. The Eagles broke the game open with five runs in the fourth. Salado got back-to-back bases loaded infield singles from Britton Hawes and Keaton Mims to stretch the lead to 4-1.
Both base hits were grounders to first baseman A.J. Harwell, who had no one to throw to when his teammates failed to cover the bag.
“Some of our hits were hustle hits and we also had a little luck,” Krempin said. “It was one of those nights where the bounces were going our way.”
Caden Eary followed with a two-run double and scored on a wild pitch by Yoe starter Kylen Harrell to go up 7-1. Salado made it 8-1 in the fifth on an RBI single by Jacob Little that chased Harrell.
“We just wanted to make him work and get his pitch count up and get him out of the ballgame,” said Frazier, who drew three walks against the Yoemen’s starter.