BEN BOLT — Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco Badgers lead-off batter Kristian Alaniz has to lead South Texas in the most uncelebrated statistic in baseball.

Coming into Friday afternoon’s game against Lasara, the high school senior had been hit by pitchers 16 times. His hit-by-pitch total rose to 17 and then 18 Friday.

Like a good lead-off, Alaniz turned each free base into a run in what turned out to be a blowout by the Bagders, 18-5, in five innings.

With the win, the Badgers improved to 5-2 in district.