Defense was on display during the Texas Teen-Age Baseball District 3 8U Machine Pitch Tournament showdown between the Brownwood Nationals and Bangs Legends Monday night at the Massey Sports Complex, as the Nationals came away with a 5-2 opening-round victory.
Clinging to a 3-2 lead heading to the bottom of the fifth inning of the six-inning affair, the Nationals tacked on two crucial insurance runs.
Bennett Windham led off the bottom of the fifth with an infield single for the Nationals, then scored after an infield single by Levi Pearson, coupled with an errant late throw to second base that allowed Windham to cross the plate. Pearson advanced to third base on the play and came home on a one-out RBI ground out by Kameron Garza.
In the top of the sixth Jyrah Medina reached on a one-out single for the Legends, but was tagged for the final out following a two-out single to right field by Kash Morgan.
The Nationals grabbed a 1-0 advantage in the bottom of the first as Braiden Brown singled to cetner field with one out, Brayden Moya followed with an infield single, then Windham singled up the middle to plate Brown, but was tagged out before Moya to cross the plate with the second run.
The Legends drew even at 1 in the bottom of the second as Conner Bible reached on a fielder's choice after a leadoff single by Medina. With two outs, Jaydon Maldonado delivered an RBI single to center field that plated Bible.
The Nationals regained a 3-1 edge in top of the third, ignited by back-to-back singles byCohen Loewrigkeit and Levi Cline to start the frame. With one out, Brown came through with a two-RBI single.
In the bottom of the third, the Legends crept back within a run a 3-2, but failed to score again. Brennan Mendieta led off with an infield single to third base, then scored on a one-out RBI single by Easton Meador.
In other TTAB District 3 8U Machine Pitch Tournament action Monday, the Early Aggies thumped the Brownwood Braves, 16-1; the Early Rangers hammered the Brownwood Pirates, 20-3; and the Coleman Bluecats cruised past the Brownwood Cardinals, 16-3.