Tigers win bi-district series over Comanche
BROCK – After some midgame defensive blunders in Game 1 Friday, Jacksboro took advantage of some Comanche miscues to take a 6-3 win in the opener.
A pitching gem from Kasey Ray Swan in the nightcap of the Class 3A bi-district series enabled the Tigers to gain the sweep with an 8-0 win.
Jacksboro (17-8) moves on to face Wall this week in the area round. Game 1 is Thursday at 6:30 at Abilene Cooper High with games two and three, if necessary, Friday starting at 5 at Cooper High.
Brief summaries of both games follow:
Game 1: Jacksboro 6, Comanche 3
The Tigers committed three errors, one less than the Indians (14-12) which enabled Jacksboro to come from behind.
The Tigers took a 1-0 first inning lead on two-out singles by Jackson McComis and Christian Wiggins which brought home Lando Belcher who was hit by an Ayden Fishback pitch.
Three Comanche hits off McComis scored a pair of third inning runs with the Indians adding a run off two errors in the fourth.
It was the Jacksboro fourth which broke the game and series wide open. Waiggins was safe on an error while Josh Pierce drew a walk.
The two out success continued as Cody Frie singled home Wiggins to cut the deficit to 3-2.
Kaleem Howard’s single scored Pierce to tie the game.A throwing error by Fishback trying to get Frie enabled the tiebreaking run to score. Howard reached second on the play and scored as a fly ball by Swan was lost in the sun for an error and a 5-3 lead.
The Tigers picked up another run in the fifth on a Wiggins single and a oneout triple by Baylor Laake.
McComis tossed 5 2/3 innings before being relieved by Belcher, Belcher gave up one out a walks in the seventh to bring the tying run to the plate. A strikeout and popout to second ended the 1:53 contest.
“Jackson struggled but the main thing is he fought through it,” Jacksboro Mentor Blake Belcher offered. “Baylor had a good night as well.” Game 2: Jacksboro 8, Comanche 0
Comanche committed another four errors in the nightcap but Swan’s one-hitter on the mound effectively finished off the Indians.
Swan, who hadn’t practiced all week due to illness, showed no signs of being worn down. He struck out five in the first two innings.
Jacksboro picked up all the runs it’d need in its second. Pierce singled and came home on another Laake triple. Swan provided an insurance run with a single.
Another pair of runs scored in the third with another two out rally. Belcher walked and moved to third on a McComis single. McComis went to second on the throw.
Wiggins came through with a single to bring Belcher and courtesy runner Tyler Mitchell home for a 4-0 lead.
Kyler Swan singled home Pierce for a fourth inning run. A two-run fifth was highlighted by a Pierce two-out triple and two Indian miscues.
Kasey Ray Swan aided his cause again with a sac fly in the sixth to end the scoring.