Belton did its part in playing at a professional ballpark, as Blayton Magana and Tanner Gandy combined for seven innings of shutout ball in a 6-0 Tiger win over Midland at Round Rock’s Dell Diamond in the Rock Hardball Classic.

The Tigers (4-2) went 3-2 in the tournament, including wins over Class 4A No. 1 Brenham (9-3 on Thursday) and Abilene Cooper (9-2 on Friday). Belton lost to Leander and Southlake Carroll.

Magana (1-1) got the win, striking out four and allowing three runs in six innings before Gandy came in to pitch the final inning. Seth Alcozer went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI, while John Nieberding also went 2-for-4 with a double.

Belton is back in action Monday, playing at Georgetown at 4 p.m.. The Tigers then play at the Georgetown Invitational over the weekend.

Shoemaker 8, Waco University 6 — At Waco, the Grey Wolves scored six first-inning runs to win their finale at the Waco ISD Invitational. Freshman Tyler Hammett made his varsity debut and picked up the win, while John Gueits got the save. Justin Robinson was named to the all-tournament team, as the senior hit three homers, drove in seven runs and picked up a victory on the mound for Shoemaker.

Killeen 20, Waco High 5, 5 inn. — At Waco, the Roos bounced back from back-to-back losses with a five-inning run rule victory over the Lions in the Waco ISD Invitational.Jarod Acker, who was named to the all-tournament team, went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs for the Roos (2-3) who scored 12 runs in the third inning and got a two-hitter from Marcus Mather on the mound.

Mather struck out three and allowed just one earned run in his second win in as many appearances this season.Jordan Fuentes also went 3-for-4 and Ryan Jones and Anthony Jenkins went 2-for-4 with two RBIs apiece. Jenkins also had a double.The Roos play at Harker Heights on Monday at 6 p.m.

Rockwall 7, Killeen 1 — Jenkins struck out six and allowed just four hits, but the Roos committed three costly errors in Friday’s late loss.Acker hit 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI and Bryan Skelton was also 2-for-3 at the plate. Killeen scored its one run in the top of the fourth inning after Rockwall scored three in the bottom of the third. Rockwall added three more in the fifth and added another in the sixth.

Rockwall Heath 11, Harker Heights 0 — The Knights got shut out and shut down the 4A’s ninth-ranked team Saturday as they finished the Waco Invitational tournament with a 2-2 record. On Friday, Harker Heights went 2-1, defeating Arlington Bowie 3-2 and Red Oak 6-1. Against Bowie, Bryce Davis pitched five innings of two-hit baseball and gave up two unearned runs. Divante Goodsby picked up the win in relief.

Sean Hansen pitched almost as well against Red Oak, striking out nine in his five innings of work. Heights lost the final game Friday 6-3 to Del Valle after giving up three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Kyle Havens had tied the game at 3-3 in the top of the inning with a two-run homer.

Salado 10, Bryan St. Joseph 0, 5 inn. — At Caldwell, the Eagles claimed the consolation championship at the Caldwell Tournament, finishing strong in tournament play with a pair of double-digit wins. Salado (3-1) lost its opener 6-5 to the A&M Consolidated junior varsity on Thursday, but rebounded with an 18-6 win over Hempstead. Against St. Joseph, Colton Norman went 3-for-3 and Bubba Luna went 2-for-2. Colby Schiller went four innings to get the win.

SOFTBALLGatesville wins two at Battle of the Bell — The Hornets finished 5-1 in tournament play, including a pair of wins Saturday against Cameron Yoe (3-1) and Rockdale (10-0 in five innings). Gatesville finished second in its pool, but played Cameron Yoe so the Lady Yoe didn’t have to face District 24-3A mate Rockdale. The Hornets then did the same in their finale, facing Rockdale a second time instead of 7-3A rival China Spring.

Gatesville scored two sixth-inning runs to beat Cameron, as a Shely Watson triple scored Kari Ament before scoring on a passed ball. The Hornets jumped on Rockdale early, scoring three first-inning runs and five more in the third. Megan Chambers went 3-for-4 with two stolen bases, while Emily Leib and Skye Truss both had doubles.

Leib (8-3) won both games, combining for 23 strikeouts over the two games.

Salado goes 0-6 in Rockdale tourney — Salado dropped all six of its weekend tournament games, but a close loss to Weimar to close the tournament Saturday took out some of the bitterness.

The Lady Eagles opened with a three-run first inning and led 4-2 after the third before Weimar took advantage of five errors and closed with a run in the fourth and three in the fifth to get its second win over Salado of the tournament.

Salado fell 9-1 to Weimer and 14-0 to Cameron Yoe on Thursday and 6-3 to Gatesville and 7-3 to Rockdale on Friday and lost 8-0 to Brownwood earlier Saturday.The Lady Eagles open District 25-2A Tuesday by hosting Lexington at 5 p.m.

Copperas Cove 6, Killeen 4 — At Waco, the Lady Roos fell to Cove in the Waco Tournament despite Olivia Lacewell only giving up five hits. Shalanda Hyde, Leslie James, and Jasmine Moultrie each had one hit and Leah Jones went 2-for-2. Lacewell, Desiree Garcia and Leslie James were named to the all-tournament team.On Friday, Killeen lost to Bosqueville 10-2 and Grand Prairie 10-0. Against Bosqueville, Leslie James and Desiree Garcia each had two hits.

Grand Prairie 4, Copperas Cove 3 — At Waco, the Lady Bulldawgs lost in the third-place game at Waco Tournament, falling to Grand Prairie.Sisters Justine and Ashley Hartwell were both named to the all-tournament team. Justine averaged a hit per game during tournament play, while Ashley picked up the win against Killeen. She played shortstop the entire tournament as Cove was without senior Shaba Brown, who was absent due to a death in the family.

Shoemaker, Temple opt not to play — At Austin, Shoemaker beat Austin Crockett 7-1, lost 8-7 to Liberty Hill and opted out of its third-place game against Temple because the Lady Grey Wolves open their District 12-5A season Tuesday at Temple at 7 p.m.Ashley Shannon hit home runs in each of Saturday’s game as the Grey Wolves (6-4) look to return to the playoffs for the second straight year.

Badgers drop last two in Austin — The Lady Badgers dropped their final two games at the Austin ISD softball tournament, 7-4 to Class 4A No. 5 Brenham and 6-3 to Houston Lamarr.Taylor Holloman struck out nine in the loss to Brenham and Madison Morris hit 2-of-3 with an RBI. Kady Crow went 1-for-3 with two RBIs and Katilyn Stricklan was 2-for-2.

Morris also had a double with two RBIs in the loss to Lamarr and Tealey Farquhar, who went 2-for-4 against Brenham, was 2-for-3.

Lampasas (6-4) opened the tournament Friday with an 8-1 win over Spring Westfield before falling 6-4 to Class 5A No. 10 Austin High and beating Temple 5-1.

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