By Evan Ren
Killeen Daily Herald
Despite carrying a perfect 21-0 record into this week's Texas Teen-Age Baseball Senior Midget State Tournament, the Salado Redhawks weren't taking anything for granted.
Facing a tough Clifton Red Sox team which entered the tournament at 18-3, Salado anticipated a difficult game and got it, scratching out a 4-3 win at Lions Club Park.
Bryce Martin tripled and scored the winning run in the sixth inning for the Redhawks, who advance to face the Corsicana Cubs today at 11 a.m.
The 13-team tournament will continue through Thursday, with the championship slated for 6 p.m.
"We've come from behind several times this year," said Salado coach Keith Martin, whose team trailed 3-2 heading into the fifth inning. "But these kids never give up and always believe they can come back."
Salado pitcher Coby Giniewicz earned the win on the mound, working three scoreless innings in relief of Brandon Womac.
Giniewicz helped his own cause in the fifth when he doubled and scored on a throwing error to knot the game at 3.
"Our bats have come through for us all year," said Clifton coach Bobby Evans, whose team faces Canton in an a 4 p.m. loser's bracket game today. "We had a chance to win it at the end but we just didn't do it this time."
n Whitehouse 9, Belton 1 Luke Derfus was 3-for-4 with a triple to lead the Whitehouse Rangers over the Belton Rangers.
Trailing 1-0 in the second inning, Whitehouse exploded for two runs in the second, third and fourth innings to give winning pitcher Aaron Clemons all the support he needed. Clemons, who held Belton to just one hit through five innings of work, was replaced in the final frame by Patrick Mahomes.
Juan Lagunas led Belton offensively, doubling off Clemons in the third and singling off Mahomes in the sixth.
Whitehouse moves on to face the Redwater Giants today at 9 a.m. Belton will face the loser of Corsicana and Salado at 6 p.m.
n Corsicana 11, Canton 1 Erupting for seven runs in the first two innings, the Cubs erased an early 1-0 deficit to send the Canton Red Sox to the loser's bracket.
Bryant Bennett was 3-for-3 with a homer and Brett Anderson added another homer to pace the Sox. Tanner Burch was another factor, going 2-for-2 with a double.
n Winnsboro 2, Teague 0 Jon Raper tripled and scored to break a scoreless tie in the fourth inning to give the Winnsboro Red Sox a win over the Teague Longhorns.
The Red Sox struck again in the fifth, when Layne Jones walked and scored on an error. Winnsboro pitcher Sheyan Thompson earned the win, tossing a three-hit shutout through six innings while fanning eight.
Winnsboro faces West Pizza House today at 9 a.m.
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