By Raegan Stanley
Killeen Daily Herald
The Tuesday night baseball game between the Roos and the Midway Panthers was called after the fifth inning and not because of rain. In their last home game of the season the Roos fell 19-4 to the visiting Panthers.
Midway quickly made amends for a scoreless first inning with an eight-run second.
Travis Beaird doubled which resulted in three RBIs with no outs. Colton Short blasted one over the fence for an additional two runs. With two batters hit by errant pitches, Beaird walked home along with Dustin Dickerson and Jonathan King.
The Roos left four runners on base for the next two innings and remained scoreless through the third.
With another huge six-run at-bat for the Panthers to start the fourth, things started looking dark for Killeen. After the game, Coach Carranza spoke of his team's love of baseball and their heart.
"Not only will (our players) improve because of practice, they'll be great because they love the game," he said.
This became evident in the fourth inning when the Roos rallied against the Panthers with three runs scored by Matt Funk, Kyle Morris, and Jordan Ramos. An additional run was scored by Matt Paradise in the fifth and last inning of the game.
With Midway in a three-way tie for first, Coach Tom Gladney hopes that the team will end on a good note for his seniors' last home game. As for improvements before the playoffs?
"Our hitting and pitching are strong," Gladney said. "Our fielding percentage is low. We had six fielding errors against Ellison and we need to work on that."
With the Roos' season coming to an end, Coach Carranza is looking toward next season with an immense amount of hope. While Midway and Brownwood will be losing many seniors, Killeen will be keeping much of their roster for next year.
"Pitching is going to be the main emphasis," he said. "Hitting will naturally improve as the younger ones become bigger and stronger. They'll get better every year."