By Nick Talbot
Killeen Daily Herald
LAMPASAS - Lampasas baseball coach Larry Lovett came to talk to Collin Bowen after only two pitches.
He knew he needed to calm down his freshman pitcher, who was making his first appearance in relief this season.
It didn't work.
Boyd gave up two extra-base hits, threw the ball into center field on a pick-off attempt, had a balk and walked Seth Martin to load the bases. But somehow he still got out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh inning Friday as Lampasas hung on for a 6-4 win over Gatesville.
"I knew he was going to be nervous and I told him his job was to throw strikes and let the guys play behind him," Lovett said. "They got some base hits that allowed them to score a couple runs, but we made some plays behind him and he threw some strikes and that is all I asked him to do."
Lampasas (2-8) jumped on Gatesville 2-0 in the first inning. Jordan Lopez led-off with a bunt single, stole second base and scored on a double by Micah Henry. Henry came around to score on an RBI groundout by Ralph Marez.
"We did not set the tone for this game," said Gatesville coach Graig Keeton. "We came out and got picked off in the first inning and ... and gave up two early runs. It is weird how things can go wrong in the first inning and you feel like you are fighting uphill all game."
Gatesville (13-3) tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the fifth, after Tyler English hit a triple and scored on an error by Bowen.
However, Cullen Singleton hit a two-run double that scored Trey Beauregard, who had hit a one-out double two batters earlier, to put Lampasas up 4-2 in the bottom of the inning.
"We have not been swinging the bat very well at all and we did not get that many (hits) today but they were timely," Lovett said. "All you have to do is look at our record to know we are struggling. So, you hope the kids gain confidence and an repeat that so we can give ourselves chance to compete."
After replacing Colton Williams in the sixth, English struggled.
He walked Ryan Baxter and hit Justin Sooter by a pitch.
And after Michael Metcalf laid down a bunt right in front of home plate, English sailed the throw to first base into the Hornets dugout and both Baxter and Sooter scored to give the Badgers a 6-2 lead.
It turned out to be a costly mistake.
Bowen came into the game in the seventh and gave up a one-out triple to English, an RBI single to Cort Dixon and a double to Tyler Janes.
Brayden Adair cut the lead to 6-4 on a single, but Williams hit a shallow pop to the pitcher and Micah Thompson grounded out to short to end the threat and the game.
"Those guys just beat us today," Keeton said. "I don't think new played bad, but they made some plays and got timely hits and we didn't. We just have to hope this doesn't effect us. We start district on Tuesday and have a pretty good record and have been playing pretty good. Now, we know what losing feels like."
Gatesville 15, Georgetown East View 5 - At Georgetown, the Hornets scored five runs in the first inning and never looked back as they defeated the Patriots.
Gatesville then tacked on five more runs in the second inning.
Cullen Mayhew had three hits, including two doubles, and drove in five runs in the win. Martin also had three RBIs.