HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL: Belton defeats Lake Travis in non-district contest

AUSTIN — Belton beat Austin Lake Travis 12-1 on Saturday in a non-district game that was shortened to five innings because of the mercy rule.

No other information was reported.

The Lady Tigers (25-6-1), who are in first place in District 8-6A at 11-1, have two more regular-season games remaining, starting with a 7 p.m. Tuesday appointment against Killeen Ellison at home.

COLLEGE BASEBALL: First-place McLennan sweeps Temple College

WACO — McLennan squeezed by Temple College in Game 1 of the team’s Northern Texas Junior College Athletic Conference doubleheader Saturday before ending Game 2 in run-rule fashion.

The Highlanders won the opener 4-1 and the nightcap 14-4 in five innings, closing the week’s four-game series with three victories after splitting the first two Wednesday in Temple.

Preston Macik had a triple and home run in Game 2 for Temple (24-17, 9-11), which now turns its attention to four games against Weatherford, which sits in fourth ahead of the fifth-place Leopards.

“This is a big week for us,” TC coach Craig McMurtry said of his team’s series against Weatherford that begins Wednesday. “We need to take care of business.”

COLLEGE BASEBALL: UMHB drops doubleheader at UT-Dallas

RICHARDSON — Mary Hardin-Baylor’s pitching staff had no answers for the University of Texas-Dallas on Saturday, as the Comets swept the Crusaders in the conference twinbill. UT-Dallas won the opener 20-9 and the second game 18-9. The Comets scored in all but one inning through both games while amassing 45 hits to UMHB’s 27.

Mason Schuh hit a two-run home run and Landon Dieterich reached third on an RBI triple to give UMHB (9-22, 5-12 American Southwest Conference) a 3-0 lead in the first inning of Game 1. It was the Crusaders only lead of the day as UT-Dallas scored four in the second, two in the third, eight in the fourth and five in the fifth before adding another run in the sixth. Connor Heussner lasted just three innings in his start and allowed eight runs on 10 hits.

Game 2 played out similarly to the opener with the Comets (20-13, 12-5) capturing an early lead. UT-Dallas led 7-1 after four innings and scored four runs in the fifth to counter a three-run fifth inning by UMHB. Max Conway, Cameron Wachsmann and Malek Bolin drove in six of the Crusaders’ nine runs with home runs. Dakota Best finished the day 5-for-8 with three RBIs.

Evan Samoff was tagged for 10 runs on 16 hits through 4 1/3 innings of work for the Crusaders.

UMHB concludes its series with UT-Dallas at 11 a.m. today in Richardson.

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