HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: Temple falls to Rudder in extra innings

BRYAN — Temple mustered only three hits, and Bryan Rudder scored in the bottom of the eighth inning to grab a 3-2 victory over the Wildcats on Thursday night.

Temple was up 1-0, before Rudder grabbed a 2-1 lead in the third after Wildcats coach Toby Rumfield was ejected. Temple (16-7, 5-4 District 18-5A) tied it in the fifth but couldn’t pull past the Rangers.

Wildcats starter Reid Hesse surrendered just two runs on four hits and four walks in 6 1/3 innings, and reliever T.J. Rumfield took the loss.

Temple hosts Waco on Tuesday night.

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: Belton rips Shoemaker

KILLEEN — Shane Mejia threw a two-hitter, and Drew Cook and Will Drake belted home runs to help Belton rout Killeen Shoemaker 18-0 in five innings Thursday night.

It was the third consecutive victory for the Tigers (10-13, 5-5 District 8-6A), who scored nine runs in the second and closed it out with an eight-run fifth.

“Tonight was a classic example that hitting the ball and getting great pitching makes you hard to beat,” Belton coach Mark Krueger said. “Earlier in the season, we were getting one but not both and that inconsistency was hurting us.”

Belton, which left only four runners on base, banged out six doubles, including two by Trey Bell.

Up next for the Tigers is a road game Tuesday night against Killeen Ellison.

COLLEGE BASEBALL: UMHB takes down LeTourneau

LONGVIEW — Mary Hardin-Baylor erupted for a five-run first inning and cruised to a 7-3 victory over LeTourneau on Thursday night.

Mark Frankhouser and Caleb Davis drove in two runs each for the Crusaders (16-14, 10-6 American Southwest Conference), who tacked on single runs in the eighth and ninth. UMHB starter Nathan Kent (5-3) gave up three runs on four hits and two walks in 7 2/3 innings, and Aaron Barteau closed for his 10th save.

The three-game series wraps up with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. today.

COLLEGE SOFTBALL: UMHB sweeps Hardin-Simmons

ABILENE — Mary Hardin-Baylor won both ends of a doubleheader with Hardin-Simmons on Thursday, posting victories of 4-2 and 5-3.

Karen Tennis (11-4) went the distance in the opener for UMHB (24-12, 19-10 American Southwest Conference), scattering six walks and walking one. Leah Brown and Kasi Cummings drove in two runs apiece.

Starter CeCe Darilek (6-1) gave up three runs on three hits and four walks in 5 2/3 innings of the finale, and Haley Parker closed it out to pick up her first save. Devon Walter and Cori Drake had two RBIs each.

The three-game series wraps up at noon today.

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